Dana White On Nick Diaz: I Offered Him A Fight Last Week,...

Dana White On Nick Diaz: I Offered Him A Fight Last Week, But He’s Retired


Don’t be expecting to see Nick Diaz in the Octagon any time soon. Diaz’s last UFC appearance was back in March at UFC 158, in that fight Diaz lost a unanimous decision to Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight championship. After the fight with GSP, Diaz announced his retirement from the sport. Many people, including Dana White, never took Diaz’s retirement seriously and expected to see Diaz return to the cage.

According to UFC head White, Diaz for now is sticking to his retirement. White was speaking with MMAjunkie.com White told how he had offered the former Strikeforce champion a fight only a few days ago but the fight was declined by Diaz’s manager.

“I talked to his manager last week,” White said. “He is retired…. I was going to offer him a fight.”

White discussed his conversation with Diaz’s manager to a group of reporters after last night’s UFC Fight Night 32 event in Goiania, Goias, Brazil. When asked what fight was offered to Diaz, White replied with:

“I don’t remember,” he said with a smile.

Not too long ago Diaz was speaking to Fighters Only where he suggested he would get back into the cage if certain demands of his were met. Diaz had this to say:

“Well, we could negotiate, I am a pretty big draw. So we would have to negotiate a pretty decent amount of pay and a pretty decent amount from the pay-per-view.”

“Im talking like three to five dollars (per PPV unit sold), the same as these other important fighters are getting because I am out there putting on a show.”

Those are pretty hefty demands from the controversial fighter and for now it seems the UFC have failed to meet them. Diaz is still only 30 years old, he will have plenty of time to get back in the cage but for now the fighter will remain retired.

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/jmedno5891 jmedno5891

    I enjoy watching Diaz fight, but even I think he is crazy if he thinks he deserves the same pay that some of these other guys who are Champions make.

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

      Seriously, he acts like MMA needs him. He's a top level fighter, just not top top. I got Hendricks, Condit, GSP all ahead of him easily. When people start making this demands for pay I just kind of laugh thinking, like what leverage do they think they have? Especially considering I've heard over and over again how much Diaz has made.

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

    When you smoke the best Bay Area weed then you chase it down with that polluted Stockton water & sprinkle a few meth skankes in, your brain can become your worst enemy

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


    If someone has retired, why would they still need a manager??

    This is a public courting ritual, a precurssor to a serious negotiation.

    The more real the retirement, the higher value/ more money will be made from the return of Nick Diaz

    It will be to fight someone who has said something that annoys him… or a fight which doesnt quite make sense, such as Michael Bisping.

    This isn't just the ultimate fighting championship, this is the ultimate story championship… those with the best stories sell the most ppv and make the most money.

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

      LMFAO, retired or not any public figure has a manager to always look for endorsements and other things. The longer Diaz is away you say will make the money bigger and bigger? really? I'd say that's the exact opposite. The longer away the less Diaz will be able to negotiate for as the division moves along just fine without him.

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


        You may be right on your first point, even though it would usually be an agent/ lawyer/ marketing team who took care of endorsements.

        On the second point, you are dead wrong…
        Think Josh Barnett, Elvis Presley…

        Alternatively read The 48 Laws of Power… A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, it's probably best you educate yourself prior to making a comment.

        There's a good boy, now run along…

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

      what? you mean you don't have one?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

    Any fighter that headlines a main card deserves a respectable PPV cut….UFC have a huge payroll but stars need to be rewarded as well…The cake doesn't have to be cut 5% for the fighters and 95% for the promotion…