Dana White: Nate Diaz’s Lack Of Ranking Due To A Lack Of...

Dana White: Nate Diaz’s Lack Of Ranking Due To A Lack Of Responding


As transpired yesterday, the UFC has removed Nate Diaz from its top fifteen rankings list.

Previously seated at number six in the lightweight division, the 12 – 7 fighter and seven year veteran of the promotion was dumped from the brand’s fighter sort on Tuesday, after having been on it since its inception back in February of 2013.

As the UFC made no official announcement regarding Diaz’s removal from the list, fans were left guessing as to the rationale behind it. Having fought as recently as last November – scoring a round one TKO victory over Gray Maynard at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 Finale – Diaz’s removal could not have been for reasons of Octagon absence; at least not in the strictest sense.

Rather, the general consensus of most fans was that the Cesar Gracie team member had been struck from the sort due to his contract dispute with the promotion, and subsequently, his unwillingness to step into the cage at his current rate of compensation.

On Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight, Dana White addressed the subject of Nate Diaz and his lack of ranking. By way of an explanation, as posted to “UFC-T’s” Twitter account, the promotion’s president stated clearly that Diaz – along with fellow lightweight TJ Grant – was removed due to his “inactivity.” And where Grant has a medical reason for not being in the ring – he’s been out with a concussion since June of 2013 – White stated that Diaz’s problem is that he hasn’t “respond” to the offers that have been put in front of him.

Of course, the most notable fights that Diaz turned down or failed to respond to, was an offer from White to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov and a re-match bout with Donald Cerrone. Both were big opportunities for Diaz and a pair of wins over the two highly touted fighters would have given Diaz exactly what he wanted, but will never get without returning to the Octagon, which is a new contract.

As odd as it might seem that a fighter that’s as talented as Nate Diaz is no longer listed amongst the brand’s top ten lightweights, it’s also reasonable that the UFC would want to open up Diaz’s slot to a fighter that wants to compete.

Either way, it certainly seems as if push is coming to shove between the UFC and Nate Diaz. As the California native is not in a position to either demand more money or force the promotion to cut him, Diaz really has no alternative but to either return to the Octagon under his contracted terms or retire. 

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Macafier Macafier

    He was ranked #5. Maybe if you paid the guy what he's worth, he'd fight. It's not as simple as just 'he's not responding'.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/apocalypse123 apocalypse123

    Seems like Dana's got a vendetta against anyone who knocked out Gray Maynard last year.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/kungfurule kungfurule

    Typical douchey dana whitelies, you dont do what i tell you 'i punish you because im a greedy baby'. I wonder if Nate has a lawyer who could interpret such irrational action by the UFC as breach of contract?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/watermelonfresh watermelon fresh

    silliness. He fought 6 months ago and should still be ranked, period.

    The bald father makes things too personal, the cat can't handle any type of conflict. If a guy like Diaz wants a better contract work it out, he's a draw and an asset to the promotion. The market changed the when the Gilbert signing happened. In fact it change forever with that signing and as a result other guys will need new deals, it's part of business. This is a direct result of Bellator and WSOF being in the marketplace otherwise Gilbert would have had no leverage.

    Competition is a good thing for these fight promotions, sure there's always going to be that "dream matchup" we may miss because one guy is bellator and the other is UFC but it's a small price to pay for the sport to grow overall and the guys to get paid a little better.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/TheXperience TheXperience

      Why should he be ranked if he refuses to fight for the promotion? He's inactive by choice , not by injury and is not responding to fight offers. I don't see any reason why he should be ranked, if he's not actively competing. He brought this shit on himself. Maybe if he stops being a bitch and FIGHTS, he will get somewhere someday!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/watermelonfresh watermelon fresh

    he fought 6 months ago. He's not retired – If inactive for over a year, I agree.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/TheXperience TheXperience

      That's not the point…. He's supposed to fight 2/3 x a year. If you're employers calls go unanswered for an extended period of time and you refuse to work. You're gonna loose your fucking job. It's as simple as that. He's not injured and clearly there's no open line of communication, so this is what you get. Why should they keep him ranked for over a year if he refuses to fight? That makes absolutely no sense. You gotta earn your keeps.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/highkick12 highkick12

    I dont know how people are on Diaz's side here. Its like a guy getting 30 goals in the nhl, signing a contract, than only getting 10 the next year and asking for more money.
    But even if he got 40 hes still in his contract that he willingly signed and agreed to. Like in any other sport you work hard to make sure you're worth more when its time to renew.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      What I would say would be this, his pay does not accurately reflect his fan value. Fans like seeing Nate (and Nick) fight. They're entertaining not only in the fight, but in lead-up to it. He's a marquee fighter that casual fans know. He's the type of name that can be put on a card and people will say 'cool, at least the card has Diaz on it.'

      To me, all of that should be taken into account as much as wins and losses. Fighters like the Diaz brothers and Diego Sanchez may not always win, but the usually put on a great fight. For me as a fan, that's worth the promotion shelling out more for. Years of entertainment – regardless of record – should be rewarded. If they're all good enough to keep around for years, then they should be paid more for their service. That would be my view of it, at any rate.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/watermelonfresh watermelon fresh

    i'd normally agree with you but UFC has taken advantage of fighters in past because of lack of competition. Gilbert got paid and it changed everything.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/TheXperience TheXperience

      How does the UFC take advantage exactly? Gilbert got paid cause he deserved to get paid. Gilbert wins fights! He worked his way up to deserve the kind of pay he's getting. Nate did not… he's an inconsistent cry baby. If he wants more money, he needs to win fights and put himself into a position where he has more bargaining power. He's 1-2 in his last 3 fights, from which one was a KO loss and you think that warrants a pay raise after he just signed a new contract? Get real man…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/watermelonfresh watermelon fresh

    So he should be making less than 100k to show? a TOP 10 LW in world? Gilbert did not get paid because " he deserved it" he got paid because Bellator was close to signing him and the addition to an already stacked division that already had would have put egg on UFC's face and they couldn't afford to do that. My point is Diaz sells PPVs and regardless what his record is in last 3 fights does not matter – His overall record comes into play by your logic Gilbert also lost to Henderson recently and is 1-1 in his stint in ufc…

    Gilbert got paid because he's 22-3 overall and a top LW in world and so is Diaz.

    Zuffa has been lobbying for a Florida bill that would change what they are required to report to the commission. – WHY? because that's the ONLY state that forces them to disclose nearly all earnings to the public ( look up the article, pretty staggering what they recently cleared there and the gap between fighter pay ). All I am saying is they HAVE been taking advantage of fighters because they were able to in the past and I am not saying all guys are underpaid but some are and Diaz is one of them.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      I read the article and I agree, it was pretty staggering what the UFC takes in compared to what they pay out to verteran fighters like Diaz.

      There's also the residual money that fighters see nothing of. And in terms of the UFC's game, to the best of my knowledge the UFC does not pay them for the use of their images in the game. If I'm wrong on that fact, great. However, I've never heard a mention of a fighter being paid for being in that game. If not, the fighters are getting hosed.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/TheXperience TheXperience

      Yes diaz deserves less than 100k to show…. 60k is plenty for him to show and another 60k to win. That's good money for a fighter as inconsistent as him. He's never been a champ and again… not consistent!

      Gil deserves it cause he's consistent and was the long time strikeforce champ! That's why he get's the big $$ and he fights more than he bitches unlike Diaz. Fight more and Bitch less, then maybe you'll get somewhere someday.

      Being in the top is not enough… performing is and fact is Diaz just doesn't seem to be able to keep his shit together.