Mar 15, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Nick Diaz and his entourage make their way to the stage during the weight-in for UFC 158 at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Dana White on the Diaz brothers: ‘I want guys that want to fight’


At nearly every UFC press conference or media scrum, UFC president Dana White is forced to answer questions regarding Nick and Nate Diaz.

The reason being is that the Diaz brothers are two fan favorites who have been inactive for quite some time. It seems that neither of them want to step back inside the Octagon unless the money is right.

Nick Diaz has been retired since losing his title fight against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158 in March of 2013, while Nate has been out of action since November of 2013 due to contract disputes with the UFC.

Both Diaz brothers have turned down fights over the last year. Nick has turned down fights with Carlos Condit, and recently stated he had no interest in fighting Matt Brown either. In fact, Nick said that he is “not trying to fight nobody” unless it is a title fight or he is getting paid a ridiculous sum for his services.

After UFC 170, Nick stated that he would return in order to fight Johny Hendricks for the title, but the UFC would not grant him a title shot out of retirement.

Nate turned down a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, which ultimately led him to being removed from the UFC rankings. Nate does not want to fight until his contract with the UFC is changed to his liking.

At the UFC 173 post fight media scrum, the Diaz brothers were once again brought up to Dana White and the president’s statement was poignant:

I want guys that really want to fight.

Check out the video below, and hear Dana discuss the Diaz brothers and their future:


Tags: Carlos Condit Dana White Johny Hendricks Khabib Nurmagomedov Matt Brown MMA Nate Diaz Nick Diaz UFC UFC 173

  • 500k

    Good. If you want guys who want to fight, you want to pay Nick Diaz the $500k he said he wants to fight for. If you don’t pay, which is the only indication that you do truly want guys who want to fight (Nick Diaz wants to fight for the $500k), then you lied about saying you want guys who want to fight, because Diaz already said he wants to fight. So it’s on you to do what it takes to make it happen.

    • J.Onathan

      Huh???