Nate Diaz has a lot of things on his mind these days, and while fighting for the UFC in 2017 is not apparently one of them, he is interested in seeing how a fight ever comes together between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.
In a special episode of the MMA Hour, Nate went over his status with the UFC, their attempts to book him against Tony Ferguson at UFC 213, and why he'd rather spend the year training for triathlons that step into the cage. As far as the McGregor vs. Mayweather boxing superfight talk goes, he thinks the whole thing can be summed up in two words.
"Why is Mayweather telling everybody that McGregor has a chance?" Nate asked with a laugh. "You guys are selling that hard. That's wolf tickets. You remember wolf tickets? You guys are selling it hard and I ain't buying it."
“I already said it, I’m calling their bluff. Can we pick up the pace please? I thought it was going to happen, but now everybody’s died down and shut up. Every week they were talking shit back and forth. It's all a hype game, they’re building each other up and UFC is in on it too. Bring boxing back alive, bring MMA alive, it’s the only thing going on. It’s only cause it’s the only thing going on and they're selling it as that.”
“Mayweather’s coming back relevant, McGregor’s staying relevant, and the boxers are all known and the UFC sees that, and now everybody’s like oh, this is the biggest thing. So it was good for everybody to happen, but now that it’s time to happen, where’s it at? I call their bluff. Make the fight happen. Let’s see it the fuck happen, because in the end, I’m the winner in the whole thing anyway."
Unfortunately for us, Nate Diaz winning apparently means we won't be getting to see him back in the Octagon any time soon. Rumors have it he's asking for McGregor level pay to come back and fight Ferguson, and the UFC isn't interested in paying it. That could change considering how few options the promotion has left to headline UFC 213 at the end of International Fight Week, but we wouldn’t hold our breath.