Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor were supposed to have their highly anticipated rematch at UFC 200 on July 9th, however McGregor was ultimately pulled from the event for refusing to fulfill his media obligations.
While UFC President Dana White initially stated that Diaz would remain on the card, he was then pulled from the July 9th event, and rumors began emerging that he and McGregor would fight at UFC 202.
Reports then began emerging that McGregor would be competing in a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in September. Despite that, Nate Diaz revealed on a special edition of The MMA Hour that he has been getting calls to fight McGregor. This has led him to believe that the McGregor-Mayweather fight is being used to get him to agree to a fight against McGregor for less money than he wants.
That led Diaz to discuss the issue of fighter pay, at which point Diaz put Donald Cerrone on blast:
“Treat yourself like a business and quit f*cking (saying) ‘I’ll fight for free,’” Diaz said. “That don’t help nobody. That’s bad karma for you for even f*cking (saying that). Stupid ass Cowboy Cerrone says that sh*t. That’s bad karma for everybody. You’ll fight for free, now everybody else has got to? Why wouldn’t they pay us? Because they got dumbsh*ts like you fighting for free. Start acting like a businessman and start treating yourself like a business and get your ass paid for being in an Octagon. The whole world watches you fight.
“….Baseball players. These guys are getting paid millions of dollars, and we’re entertaining the entertainers. So doesn’t that make us the crème de la crème? Shouldn’t we be paid the f*ck out? Why are you fighting for free, you dumbsh*t motherf*cker. That sh*t gets on my last nerve.”
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