“He’s under contract, you know? He’s under contract and when he’s ready to fight he can fight. The kid makes good money. The kid makes really good money. And the unfortunate part is, he’s not a needle mover. His brother (Nick Diaz) is a needle mover, he’s not.”
“He seems like he’s popular when you’re looking on f–king Twitter and some website. But the numbers, the real numbers, tell the truth. We know who moves needles and who doesn’t move needles. If Nate Diaz was a massive needle mover, we’d have called him. He’d be on the phone, we’d be figuring it out and we’d work it out. He doesn’t move the needle.This isn’t a sort things out thing, you are under contract. He just signed the contract. Who is really at the end of the day happy? When we signed Melendez is when he got unhappy, when his partner signed that contract is when he became unhappy.”
MMA fans love the Diaz brothers, but according to UFC President Dana White, Nate Diaz, the younger of the duo, isn’t really a big draw when it comes to TV numbers.
It’s because of that, that White will either make Nate fight at his current contracted wage, or keep him tied up in career purgatory on the sidelines.