Nate Diaz hasn't fought in UFC since he lost to Conor McGregor at UFC 202 in August 2016, so if you haven't figured it out yet, he's waiting for the right opportunity for him before he makes his return to the Octagon for another fight.
It's not like he's had a shortage of possible opponents to choose from, as both Tony Ferguson and Tyron Woodley have challenged him to fights over the past year, but he has turned down both options.
The Stockton Star hasn't been encouraged to return to UFC, even when UFC titleholders challenge him, and he can afford to pick who he fights following his high-profile clashes with McGregor last year.
During a recent appearance on the Outside The Box podcast, Diaz said that he’s waiting for a respectful challenge, and a reasonable paycheck, before making any plans to return to the Octagon for UFC in 2018.
He said: “I’m not fighting because I am a fighter. You’re fighting because someone’s telling you to fight. I’ll fight whenever the f**k I wanna fight. That’s because I’m a G, n***a, I’m a fighter myself. I ain’t trying to do what nobody says, I’ll do what I say. And I will fight when I’m approached respectably.
“I don’t need to fight nobody. I’ll fight anybody, but I don’t need to fight anybody. And the fighters are like, ‘He’s not a fighter,’ I’m like, it sounds like you’re being manipulated into trying to manipulate me into getting into a fight. Guess what? You work for somebody; I work for me. Who’s the fighter now, motherf**er?
“Ask nicely, motherf**ers. Ask nicely. I’m talking about the organization, the fighters. And make it a big deal, because I’m not trying to just sign a contract just because it’s a good idea for you guys.”
As for completing the trilogy bout with McGregor, Diaz was unable to provide a clear answer.
“Time will tell. I don’t know right now. There’s talk. They (the UFC) call me, we talk about things, but I think what’s happening is they want me to ask, and beg, and I don’t need nothing from nobody. I don’t need nothing from anybody.”
So, for the time being, it doesn't look like Diaz is going to be returning to the Octagon anytime soon, unless the next UFC fighter that challenges him says please.
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