In a week when his younger brother Nate openly spoke about pay in MMA, older brother Nick Diaz has too voiced his opinion.
The former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion has not been seen since he lost to Georges St. Pierre for the UFC 170lbs title. This week UFC President Dana White offered Diaz a fight with former Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard. However, the Bad Boy has firmly rejected the offer.
Speaking to MMAFighting, Diaz said:
"I never considered anything other than to renegotiate my contract or fight (champion) Johny Hendricks," he said. "All I said was, What am I getting paid? And he said, 'Let me check your contract.' And the last text I got from him was what I would be fighting for.
"I didn't consider fighting for that kind of money. I didn't say anything back to him, right, but usually that means something. I'm not considering even for a second fighting any of those guys for less than $500,000. There's no way."
"I'm retired. Completely retired. Unless the UFC wants to renegotiate for something I'm happy with or I'm going to be fighting for the world title, which is obviously going to be for something I'm happy with because I'll make a ton of money."
Nick Diaz made $200,000 for his last fight against Georges St. Pierre. Although this is a fair amount in MMA terms, it is nowhere near what the likes of Flloyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao make per fight.
Diaz is very much a fan favourite in the UFC. He was huge in Strikeforce and since he's moved to the UFC the fans have really taken too him. His Bad Boy attitude, where he speaks his mind along with his taunting in the cage, makes him a real fans' favourite.
I think that Diaz deserves to be paid more by the UFC. He sells PPVs and tickets on any card. Diaz is one of the company's most profitable fighters. They are missing his type of character at the minute, with Chael Sonnen being the single flag barer for the outspoken attitude.
Despite losing his last two fights, they were to high class opponents in Carlos Condit (which in my opinion Diaz won) and Georges St. Pierre.
Diaz has fun fights. His boxing is some of the best in the sport, having his own 'Stockton Slap' style and his BJJ is just as good. He is one of the Welterweight division elites.
Previously, Diaz has contemplated switching over to boxing from MMA. He has excellent hands and spars professionals such as unbeaten Super-Middleweight Andre Ward. Roy Jones Jnr has expressed his wish to fight Nick Diaz in a boxing match.
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