After going on a tirade weeks several weeks ago regarding "funny money," it appears Nate Diaz has changed his tune.
The TUF 5 winner and longtime lightweight competitor recently spoke out regarding his supposed contract issues with the UFC, as well his problem with fighting for "chump change."
"I'm ready to fight but not for some funny money that they're trying to give me," Diaz told MMAFighting.com. "They can let me go or they can let me fight, but let me do something. They know I need to make some money. I feel like they're just trying to keep me on the waiting list. I don't even want to communicate through anybody. If they want to figure out what's going on, we should talk. No one is contacting me. I'm just doing my thing. Training every day. I'm ready to fight tomorrow. "
UFC President Dana White spoke with members of the media following UFC 172, where he mentioned in his traditional scrum that while he had not reached out to Nate Diaz, he believes that matchmaker Joe Silva did and had claimed that Daiz was ready to fight again.
"I didn't [speak with Nate]," he said. "[But] I think Joe Silva did and Nate said he's ready to fight, so, he told Joe to call him."
It would appear that Diaz's disgruntlement stems from teammate Gilbert Melendez's matched Bellator contract, which saw the UFC give him a significant amount of incentives to secure the signing.
The one-time title challenger is coming off a knockout win over Gray Maynard back in November, yet has not fought since then. His brother Nick has also been on an self-inflicted hiatus from the promotion, as he has not fought for over a year since his UFC 158 loss to Georges St-Pierre.
White confirmed that while there was potential to see Nate in the octagon again soon, that was unlikely to be the case for Nick.
"No Nick. Nick's got a lot of money, man. I think Nick's just going to kick back until he has to fight."