After two years away from active competition, Nate Diaz is finally set to fight in the UFC again. Or not. The promotion held a press conference to announce his fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 230 and then tacked on a McGregor vs. Khabib at UFC 229 announcement at the end. That, in Nate’s mind, was f**kin’ disrespectful, and we still haven’t gotten confirmation from the Diaz brother that he will indeed be showing up at Madison Square Garden on November 3rd.
Nate’s got his supporters in this and his detractors. It’s true, the UFC did what it always does, which is snub the individual to push the company as a whole. That being said, water is also still wet and at this point we just want to see the Diaz brothers fight. UFC announcer Bruce Buffer shared his take on the situation, and unsurprisingly, he’s on the side of UFC brass.
”I love Nate Diaz but he’s always got a bad taste in his mouth,” Buffer told TMZ in a recent video.
”Nate, I heard you made 7 or more million dollars in your last fight,” he continued. “I don’t want to hear you complaining about being under promoted by the UFC. You should be thanking the UFC and bowing to Dana White every time you see him. Ari Emanuel, Patrick Whitesell.”
”You got 7 or more million dollars gross before taxes, maybe much more. Which I love knowing that you have, Nate. Please, I don’t want to hear any more complaints.”
$7 million is a pretty impressive number if it’s actually accurate. You can probably count on one hand how many UFC fighters have banked over $5 million off one fight. That being said, the two biggest fights in UFC history were McGregor vs. Diaz 1 and McGregor vs. Diaz 2, which sold 1.3 and 1.65 million PPVs respectively.
At $50 a pop (which is conservative because you know a lot of people payed $60 for HD), that’s over $147 million raked in, which may put into perspective why Nate seems so surly these days, especially with the UFC undoubtedly trying to push him back down into a much lower pay bracket.
This isn’t the first time Buffer has carried water for the UFC on fighter pay. Check out another one of his talks with TMZ Sports:
Meanwhile, here’s Nate Diaz’s general opinion of Dana White, so don’t expect that bow any time soon: