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Dana White Updates UFC's Current Status with the Diaz Bros.
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 05.11.2014

UFC President Dana White spoke with reporters in a media scrum last night following UFC Fight Night 40 and was asked about the current situation with the Diaz brothers, Nick and Nate Diaz. Both fighters have been sitting out from fighting as of late in order to try and hold out for more money from ZUFFA. In the past, Nate Diaz has even gone so far as requesting his release from the UFC on his Twitter account. In an interview with Fight Hub's Boxing Channel, Nick Diaz made a remark about boxing promoters or Roy Jones Jr to buy out his UFC contract, saying, "If I could get somebody to buy my contract out from the UFC, I'd be fighting out here. Tell [Roy Jones Jr.'s] guys to buy my contract so we can fight."

Below are some highlights from the scrum:

White on the Diaz Bros.: "The thing that's sad about it: I like them. 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."

White on Nate Diaz's behavior: "That's not really the way it works We keep offering Nate fights, and he turns them down. Nate, by not responding, thinks he's not turning them down. But by not responding, he is turning them down. That's not really how it works, you know?"

White on moving from the Diaz brothers and not being frustrated with them: "It's not frustrating for me at all. If the Diaz brothers don't ever want to fight again, that's up to them. They're fun to watch. I know people like to watch them. But you can't make grown men fight. They either want to fight or they don't. The world moves on, man."


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