Diaz manager: “Nate has never turned down a fight against anyone.”
Undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov has been having trouble finding an opponent as of late. Since defeating Pat Healy via unanimous decision at UFC 165 it seems that no one is game enough to step up. Former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez was originally scheduled to fight Nurmagomedov at UFC 170, but Melendez called it off soon after. Then, last weekend, UFC Dana White announced on Twitter that Stockton born Nate Diaz turned down the fight.
Nate immediately retorted by saying Dana was “full of shit”, and according to Nate’s manager Mike Kogan, “Nate has never turned down a fight against anyone”.
“There are conditions that we asked for that were turned down by the UFC, so the fight didn’t happen,” said Kogan.
Kogan went into slight detail as to the conditions for fighting “The Eagle”.
“We asked for Nate’s contract to be redone, the UFC turned it down,” Kogan said. “We asked for a change to his contract, and changes to when the fight takes place. They said no and we said no thanks.”
Kogan was obviously irritated by the direction this went criticizing the UFC’s professionalism.
“This is supposed to be a professional sport but then this resorts to these Twitter wars,” Kogan said. “This isn’t a street fight, it’s a professional sport. If it’s a street fight and they want to see who the better man is they know where the f**k Nate is, and then we can see who is the better man.”
(all quotes via Fox Sports)