HOUSTON – UFC President Dana White says he’s offered Nate Diaz a fight. Against whom, exactly, is anyone’s guess.
White today spoke to USA TODAY Sports while on “Radio Row” at Super Bowl LI in Houston, where the UFC on Saturday hosts UFC Fight Night 104. He was asked what’s next for Nate (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) as well as his older brother Nick Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC).
The UFC boss said a fight offer has been extended to Nate – though unlikely for the $20 million he reportedly wants. As for Nick, White said he’s turned down multiple fight offers.
“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. “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 last appeared in the octagon at UFC 202 in August, where he lost a majority decision to UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. Nick hasn’t fought since a no-contest with former UFC champ Anderson Silva at UFC 183 in January 2015.
As the leading man for the UFC for more than 15 years, White has dealt with a bevy of different characters. Some are easy to work with, while others are much more challenging. He said the Diaz brothers currently are at the top of the list in terms of struggling to put fights together, so he can’t predict when either will next be seen inside the octagon.
“The most difficult to get into the octagon? Right now, it’s the Diaz brothers – right here, right now,” White said. “But throughout history? I don’t know.”
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