Many fans are awaiting the return of Nate Diaz.
“If you’re trying to pull me out of a normal life right now, I’m not doing it for a fake title at 155 pounds,” Diaz told ESPN. “I told them I’d take the fight at 165 pounds, no belt. I’m not interested in losing a bunch of weight for no reason.”
Diaz said that he simply isn’t hungry for a bout right now but will accept a fight under certain conditions. Diaz added that the interim belt doesn’t mean anything to him and would rather fight at 165 for no title, even if a win would have lined him up for a shot at a title unification bout.
“Titles are manipulation,” Diaz said. “Titles and rankings are a controlling method. They want you to think you need a title to feel like you’re worth anything. I think, if you’re worth something, you’re worth something.
“You start believing in that title theory, you’ll be chasing one forever and living delusional.”
Diaz was asked about Dana White’s recent comments about his value without Conor McGregor and currently not in a “position for pay-per-view or any of that.”
“He’s making stuff up because that’s what he needs to do. He’s trying to get me to argue with him, but there’s no argument necessary. It’s cool. If I’m not worth s—, why am I all over the news with people trying to figure out what’s what when I’m not fighting?”
Diaz also revealed his large price tag to get him back into the Octagon for any fight that he isn’t particularly interested in.
“If they call me with a nonsense fight, my number is $20 million,” Diaz said. “You call me with a fight that won’t do me any good, you need to pay me $20 million just to hear that bulls—.
“I have a contract, but that’s only for when I want to fight. That’s how that works, right? Right now, I don’t want to fight nobody.”
At this point, do you think we will see Nate Diaz fight anytime soon, or ever again for that matter given his? Let’s get your thoughts in the comment section!
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/8/2017.