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Dana White: ‘The most difficult thing to get into the Octagon’ right now is the Diaz brothers

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Dana White has been trying, and failing, to get Nick and Nate Diaz back in the Octagon.

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Last week, MMA fan favorite Nate Diaz said that he’s been ‘put on the shelf’ by the UFC and is thinking of pursing a career in boxing.

UFC president Dana White, however, says he’s offered the Californian a fight but hasn’t heard back from him.

The longtime MMA promoter also said older brother Nick Diaz turned down fights with Robbie Lawler and Demian Maia.

“We just offered Nate Diaz a fight, and we’re waiting to hear back from him, so we’ll see,” White told USA TODAY Sports, per MMA Junkie’s Mike Bohn. “These guys say they want a fight – I offered Nick Diaz two fights. He turned down two fights. I offered him Robbie Lawler. Robbie Lawler accepted the fight. Then I offered him Demian Maia. Nick Diaz turned down two fights. And then we just offered Nate a fight.”

Nate Diaz last fought at UFC 202, where he lost in a rematch to current lightweight champion Conor McGregor. The Stockton native became the only man to beat ‘The Notorious’ in the UFC when he choked him out at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena last year.

Nick Diaz, who has been competing in MMA since 2001, hasn’t fought in over two years and his last win came against B.J. Penn in 2011. Despite this, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion has maintained a strong presence in the sport and has kept his name in the headlines by calling out the likes of Tyron Woodley.

The Diaz brothers have always been strong negotiators and White says they are ‘the most difficult thing to get into the Octagon’ right now.

“The most difficult to get into the octagon? Right now, it’s the Diaz brothers – right here, right now,” he said. “But throughout history? I don’t know.”

Bloody Elbow will keep you updated on all the latest developments with the Diaz brothers.