Dana White Discusses The Future of the Diaz Brothers Fighting in the UFC
Posted by Larry Csonka on 05.23.2014
See what Dana has to say…
- Dana White recently spoke about the Diaz Brothers fighting for the UFC. Here are the highlights…
On The Diaz Brothers: "I said it to you guys 50,000 times – if Nate Diaz doesn't want to fight for the next three years, he doesn't have to fight," White said. "You can't force a guy to fight. He came in, signed the contract, and was happy about his contract. But it's always the same thing with the Diaz brothers – ‘I didn't know what I was doing and I didn't know anything about anything,' and ‘I don't know how to do this and I don't know how to do that.' OK. Nick is, what, 31, 32 (years old)? And Nate's a couple years younger than him? What do you do? They're grown men. But Nick is retired. He's made it very clear that he's retired. But [the Brown offer] was me responding to Nate saying, ‘I want to fight Matt Brown.' We kept offering Nick Diaz fights, and Nick said, ‘I'm retired; I don't want to fight.' When he's ready to fight, he'll let me know. That's what everybody doesn't understand – you don't want to fight, OK, don't fight. But you can't take up a top-10 ranking if you're not fighting."
On Removing Nate Diaz From The UFC Rankings: "I let Dominick Cruz stay on there the entire time – he was ranked No. 1 – the entire time within the last two years," White said. "It's probably within the last three or four months that he's fallen out. At one point, he was out of the top-10. He's back in now, (and) I didn't notice, but that was the thing that made me decide, I can't do this again. I was as good as I could be to Dominick in many ways, and these guys aren't going to take up spot that these guys who are actively fighting – it's just not fair. The day Nate Diaz comes back and fights, you guys make the rankings, you put him back in there, and he pops in wherever you guys rank him. Same thing with T.J. Grant."
On Not Allowing The Diaz Brothers to Just Jump Into Fights They Want: "If it was a knee-jerk reaction (to remove Diaz from the rankings), I'd tell you," White said. "It's not like I'm going to sit here and say, ‘This is the way we run the rankings.' I don't dislike Nate Diaz. I never have, and I don't see a situation where I ever will. It's just that the guy doesn't want to fight. If he doesn't want to fight, how's it any skin off my back? We've got tons of guys who want to fight. When Nate Diaz is ready to fight, he'll let me know. "But they want to jump in strategically (and say), I'll take this fight, or I'll take a fight at 170, or I'll take a title shot, give me a title shot. You won one fight in your last three fights. You don't just jump in and take a title shot. I know the Diaz brothers are fun – I like watching them fight, too. I like watching them do their thing; I like all the things that you and the fans like about the Diaz brothers. But they can't just jump in whenever they want to and jump over all these other guys that are active and fighting all the time."