Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President, Dana White, doesn’t appear to be in any big hurry to get Nate Diaz back inside the Octagon. In fact, he can’t even muster up the energy to make a simple phone call to The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5 champion.
Probably because he’s so damn thirsty.
“I’m not interested in making a Nate Diaz fight until Diaz is just dying to fight,” White told ESPN. “We’ll offer him fights, we always offer him fights. We probably offered this kid 50 fights since he fought Conor. When he’s ready to fight, he’ll let us know.”
Diaz seemed ready to fight this summer, when the promotion slotted him against fellow lightweight contender Dustin Poirier at the upcoming UFC 230 pay-per-view (PPV) event; however, shit went downhill — fast — in the wake of their pre-fight press conference.
“He wanted a fight, we made a fight, we announced the fight, immediately he starts saying he’s not fighting,” White said. “We had a guy here in the company that was a big Nate Diaz fan, a big Nick Diaz fan and wanted to work with them. He’s not as enthusiastic as he used to be.”
Diaz was pulled from UFC 230 when Poirier withdrew due to injury.
The last time fight fans saw the Stockton slugger, he was on the losing end of a majority decision to Conor McGregor at UFC 202. That was well over two years ago and it doesn’t sound like Diaz will be back in action any sooner than 2019, if at all.
I guess this prediction was correct after all.