“I am a pretty big draw,” UFC welterweight fighter Nick Diaz said when discussing a potential return to the Octagon. “We would have to negotiate a pretty decent amount of pay and a pretty decent amount from the pay-per-view. I’m talking like three to five dollars [per buy].”
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
It’s been some time since Nick Diaz has been seen in the public eye, much longer since he’s been seen fighting professionally. The reason for his absence is one of two, depending on who you ask. He is either retired from the sport of MMA, or he is simply holding out for the right fight and the right payday.
In an interview with Fighters Only, Diaz said that he could come back to the UFC for another fight with welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre.
“The are talking about there’s nobody to fight [St-Pierre] after this [UFC 167 fight with Johny Hendrick],” Diaz said. “I’ll make a joke out of that real quick – I think there’s nobody on my level really. I don’t want to name names but that’s how I feel. So I feel like if the fans want to see me fight…”
As for rumors about Diaz being offered to fight Michael Bisping at middleweight, Diaz refused outright.
“I don’t see that being a really big fight like this one I’m thinking I could have at welterweight,” he said, hinting at his desire to face GSP once more.
But more important than the specifics of who he faces, Diaz says he wants a big-draw of a fight. St-Pierre, according to Diaz, is the fight that would draw the biggest audience. That doesn’t mean, however, that he is not interested in other opponents.
“Well we could negotiate,” he said. “I am a pretty big draw. So we would have to negotiate a pretty decent amount and a pretty decent amount from the pay-per-view. I’m talking like three to five dollars [per PPV sold] the same as these other important fighters are getting, because I am out there putting on a show.
“Some of these guys are making way more money than what my contract is worth. I’m not making a fraction of it. And I don’t want you to think I am just regurgitating some [rumors] here. I understand what I understand, I hear what I hear.”
In perhaps the most shocking of Diaz’s statements, the fighter said that for high-paying fights, he would be more than willing to enthusiastically join the publicity part of the fight.
“Well I am talking about big fights, so I could be really enthusiastic about all that [PR stuff] nowadays. Before I didn’t want to talk or do anything extra, because I wasn’t getting paid for it.
“I didn’t want to do all these conferences and all this running around on PR and not getting paid for it and it’s interfering with my training, you know? But if you look at the last two fights I think I started to show more enthusiasm for it. The last one I think I explained myself pretty good.”
For Diaz, he said that fighting has been his only job since he turned 18. He began his own MMA promotion, WAR MMA, but it seems the fighter has less interest in the business side of fighting than he does in being on the mats.
“To be honest I haven’t been really too motivated lately in terms of things to make money. I’ve been training a lot, training with my brother for his fight coming up, and moving house.
“And before that, just a few months of indecisiveness really. I’ve been traveling around a little bit. The free time has been good, it’s different. Now if there’s a big fight available… people know where I am.”Tags: diaz brothers, georges st. pierre, gsp, mma, MMA NEWS, Nick Diaz, Nick Diaz retired, ufc, ufc news