‘I’m not fighting Conor, he sucks’: Nate Diaz fumes at UFC denying him a fight to see out contract but refuses to clash with old rival McGregor in huge trilogy
- Nate Diaz has repeatedly asked UFC if he can be given fight to see out contract
- The fan favourite is keen to leave the organisation rather than sign a new deal
- It had been thought that Dana White would want Conor McGregor trilogy
- But the Stockton fighter has now tweeted: ‘I’m not fighting Conor he sucks’
The fan favourite has been lobbying Dana White and Co to give him a match-up so he can finish his deal and either retire or test the waters of free agency.
The UFC are standing firm and some believed the organisation were waiting for McGregor to come back from his broken leg before cashing in on a third fight between the old rivals.
Nate Diaz famously handed Conor McGregor the first defeat of his UFC career back in 2016
McGregor has been out of action since his leg break against Dustin Poirier during UFC 264
But Diaz has distanced himself from that idea, tweeting: ‘I been trying to fight everybody and no go what’s the hold up UFC? I’m not fighting Conor he sucks. I’ll fight some one quit slow rolling me please Thanks.’
Diaz was the first man to beat McGregor in the UFC, submitting him in their lightweight clash in March 2016.
He then lost the rematch against the Irishman by decision five months later. A third fight between them has always seemed an inevitability but there is now a very real chance it will never happen.
Diaz is a fan favourite and will be sorely missed if he decides to fight out his contract
Gilbert Burns threw his hat in the ring to take on Diaz, replying to his tweet: ‘Fight me Nathan.’
It had been thought that Diaz would fight Dustin Poirier next after ‘Diamond’ talked up the contest and both accepted verbally on social media.
It seems the UFC have other plans for one of their most marketable assets in what looks likely to be his curtain call.
Diaz has lost his last two fights, one against Jorge Masvidal and the other Leon Edwards.
His relationship with the UFC is strained and he has repeatedly urged them to set him up with a fight over the last few months.
Diaz recently hit out at the UFC on social media for what he regarded as hypocrisy
The American also took exception to his employers offering a special deal on NFTs related to him and his brother on ‘420 day’, when marijuana is celebrated – all after they have previously punished both Nate and Nick for their use of the drug.
He replied: ‘It’s s*** like this why I need to get the f*** out of the sorry a** UFC.
‘Didn’t you guys suspend Nick [Diaz] for five years and fine me loads of money for a vape pen?! Now you’re reaping the benefits. I hope nobody buys this bull****.’
At 37, Diaz’s days in MMA could be numbered and it will be fascinating to see how the UFC handle the situation in the coming months.