nate-diaz-ufc-on-fox-5

Accepting the bout was apparently the easy part. Getting his opponent to follow through on it seems to be the real challenge.

Rising lightweight contender Myles Jury has apparently accepted a fight with veteran Nate Diaz, but it doesn’t appear the fight is going to happen any time soon.

Jury (14-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC), who’s won five straight in the UFC and moved to No. 15 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, said he accepted the fight a week ago. However, Diaz (17-9 MMA, 12-7 UFC), who’s ranked No. 8 but hasn’t fought since a November TKO win over Gray Maynard, apparently hasn’t.

As Jury wrote on Twitter (with a retweet from the UFC’s official account):

Diaz, who – despite signing a new contract earlier this year – has simply cut off communication with the company, UFC President Dana White recently said. The fighter, who suffered back-to-back losses to then-champ Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson before the Maynard win, has stated he wants more money. (Diaz even asked for his release earlier this year.)

He said as much in a response to Jury:

Diaz is the younger brother of UFC vet Nick Diaz, who’s also been on the sidelines as part of a retirement he announced following March 2013 loss to then-champ Georges St-Pierre.

This past month, White suggested he’s done trying to twist the brothers’ arm.

“The thing that’s sad about it: I like them,” White told MMAjunkie. “And I used to have a really good relationship with Nate, but fighting or any other sport, it isn’t a profession. It isn’t a job. It’s an opportunity. It’s an opportunity to make money. It’s an opportunity to achieve great things in a short window of time.

“And if they want to sit out their window of time, for the rest of their career, that’s up to them.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy not working with FBI on recent ISIS threat

  • 29 days ago
  • 17 views

So what happens when you’re apparently targeted by ISIS and notified by the FBI? If you’re Tim Kennedy, you stay ready and carry the proper tools. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

After losing to Nate Diaz, Michael Johnson wants 'anybody No. 1 through 16'

  • 28 days ago
  • 16 views

UFC lightweight Michael Johnson is ready to get back on the horse after closing out his 2015 campaign with back-to-back losses.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC Fight Night 81’s Ed Herman: The sport is getting cleaned up

  • 26 days ago
  • 18 views

BOSTON – UFC light heavyweight Ed Herman has one very easy way to gauge the effect of his decision to move up a weight class: He can better take a punch. Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Vide read news >>

ONE Championship title holder Bibiano Fernandes insists 'no easy fights' despite unheralded foe

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 views

With a 10-fight winning streak to his name, Bibiano Fernandes is generally considered the top bantamweight in the world not currently competing in the UFC. So how does one go about avoiding a defeat read news >>

ONE Championship 36 highlights: Champ Bibiano Fernandes makes it look easy

  • 19 days ago
  • 9 views

Another title fight, and another title defense for dominant ONE Championship bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, Videos read news >>

With Heavyweight Championship Nixed, UFC 196 Moves to FOX Sports 1

  • 18 days ago
  • 79 views

After the UFC 196 heavyweight championship main event fell apart, UFC officials have apparently decided to yank the event off of pay-per-view. read news >>

Khabib Nurmagomedov says bout with Tony Ferguson is 5-round title-eliminator

  • 17 days ago
  • 37 views

Khabib Nurmagomedov will apparently face some big stakes in his long-awaited return to the octagon.Filed under: News read news >>

Baptist preacher hopes Conor McGregor gets struck down by lightning bolt

  • 12 days ago
  • 56 views

Apparently even preachers can’t resist the pull of Conor McGregor’s promotional orbit.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Worried about Johny Hendricks' weight cut for Friday? Apparently you don't need to

  • 11 days ago
  • 143 views

Johny Hendricks returns to work on Saturday for the first time in about 11 months. But if there are concerns about his weight cut, his new nutritionist may have quelled them. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Chael Sonnen: I'm a 'Huge Supporter' of Donald Trump's Presidential Campaign

  • 11 days ago
  • 0 views

Donald Trump apparently has the MMA vote locked up. Retired UFC fighter, current MMA commentator and notoriously enthusiastic trash talker Chael Sonnen has thrown his weight behind Trump's campaign f read news >>