Former Strikeforce welterweight champion NIck Diaz, who may or may not be finished as a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter following yet another failed drug test -- this time at UFC 183 -- is lauded as one of the finest boxers to ever throw hands in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
You can thank pugilistic trainer Richard Perez for that.
But once the Stockton slugger made it to the big time and started tasting some of that Georges St. Pierre money, Perez was "pushed aside" and stiffed on his percentage of the payout, which led him to ask for a contract prior to his UFC 183 duties.
And it never came (via Submission Radio).
"Well what happened was you know when he fought his last fight - not this one with Anderson Silva, but when he fought George St. Pierre -- I didn't get my percentage on the pay, and I don't know what happened with the mix up with the manager and Nick. And then so he let the other manager go and he hired this other man named Lloyd [Pierson] as the new manager and they met [up at] my gym; and you know we renegotiated for the purse, and I asked for a contract and they said it was fine. That was in October. So then I started training Nick and I kept calling Lloyd and I wasn't getting no contract. So I just felt like, you know I think it was around the 12th of January I decided I don't want to do this anymore, because I don't want to get burned. So I texted Lloyd and told him I'm not going to do this unless I get my contract like you promised me, and that's what happened. They didn't want to give me the contract so I felt like I didn't want to get burned again. But I guess I did. It's sad because I brought him all the way up to the top, and this is what they talk about his, striking and he gets...this guy's a legend and he gets a big pay, and then I'm being pushed aside. So you know, that's what happened. So yeah I'm hurt about it. You know and it's sad because you have a relationship with a guy, [you] teach him to do something that he doesn't know, and you bring him to the top and he breaks the record for throwing the most punches; and all of a sudden I'm out."
Fighter hits it big, then dumps the person instrumental in getting them to the top?
But on the flip side, Perez insists Nate Diaz, Nick's younger brother, has been the complete opposite and has taken care of him every step of the way. It should be noted that both Diaz brothers are represented by different managers (for better or for worse).
Diaz is scheduled to appear before Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on Feb. 17 to answer for his UFC 183 pot shot.