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Updated: Manager says Nate Diaz didn't turn down fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC did

Diaz's manager Mike Kogan blames the UFC for the fight against Khabib not getting booked.


Since getting by Pat Healy at UFC 165, lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov has had trouble finding another fight. First he was supposed to fight Gilbert Melendez at UFC 170, but the former Strikeforce champ dropped out. Then, Saturday evening UFC president Dana White informed fans that former contender Nate Diaz also turned down the match.

Diaz quickly took to twitter to call Dana "full of sh*t." His manager Mike Kogan gave their version of the story to MMA Mania:

"Nate has never turned down a fight against anyone," Kogan said. "There are conditions that we asked for that were turned down by the UFC, so the fight didn't happen."

Kogan didn't not go into details regarding what their conditions for fighting "The Eagle" were. For now, neither the Dagestani nor the Stockton native have fights booked.

Updated: Kogan gave a little more detail when he spoke to Fox Sports:

"We asked for Nate's contract to be redone, the UFC turned it down," Kogan said.  "We asked for a change to his contract, and changes to when the fight takes place.  They said no and we said no thanks."

"This is supposed to be a professional sport but then this resorts to these Twitter wars," Kogan said. "This isn't a street fight, it's a professional sport.  If it's a street fight and they want to see who the better man is they know where the f**k Nate is, and then we can see who is the better man."

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