Nate Diaz Sends The UFC $20 Million Ultimatum

Before facing Conor McGregor at UFC 196 on March 5, Nate Diaz claimed he was being held back by his employers. Both he and older brother Nick had voiced their displeasure with UFC contracts long before many other had the guts to do so. Although Nate fought on through his issues, Nick Diaz spent a

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Before facing Conor McGregor at UFC 196 on March 5, Nate Diaz claimed he was being held back by his employers. Both he and older brother Nick had voiced their displeasure with UFC contracts long before many other had the guts to do so. Although Nate fought on through his issues, Nick Diaz spent a considerable amount of time inactive while waiting for a better offer from the UFC. Fast forward to present day, and both men are superstars. Their cult following has expanded to the point the UFC can no longer ‘hold them back,’ as Nate often put it.

When Diaz was victorious over McGregor at UFC 196, he punched his ticket to another massive payday in August. Although McGregor won a narrow decision at UFC 202, Diaz’s stock had risen if anything. Denied an immediate rematch, Nate decided to follow his older brother’s lead circa 2012 and wait for a big offer. Unfortunately that offer is yet to come, or at least be made public.

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Nate’s Ultimatum

According to a report by Ariel Helwani, Nate Diaz isn’t planning on fighting for chump change. Here’s what the popular Stockton bad boy told ‘The MMA Hour’ host:

“I’m only fighting at lightweight for a big fight or 20 million just to take the call,” Diaz told MMAFighting.com “Until then, I’m just living my life.”

Considering he made a disclosed $2.5 million from his fights in 2016, Diaz could ‘live his life’ for some time before actually needing to fight. Will the UFC eventually cave like they did for Nick Diaz? When the promotion finally did give Diaz that big offer, he came through with an amazing rivalry against Georges St-Pierre.

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Lightweight

Currently at 155 pounds there are only a few fights to make within the title picture. Obviously Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson need to finally square off. Outside of that, the only real scrap to make is Nate Diaz vs….Eddie Alvarez? Then again, McGregor’s recent comments about possibly coming back in early 2017 lead to some interesting options.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Explains Why He Won’t Fight Jose Aldo

Yesterday was a strange day in the MMA news. Normally known for being quiet and reserved, Jose Aldo unleashed a torrent of trash talk during a Q & A. Including Max Holloway, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, ‘Scarface’ made some interesting claims. The Brazilian launched a scathing attack on Conor McGregor during his tirade, perhaps

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Yesterday was a strange day in the MMA news. Normally known for being quiet and reserved, Jose Aldo unleashed a torrent of trash talk during a Q & A. Including Max Holloway, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, ‘Scarface’ made some interesting claims. The Brazilian launched a scathing attack on Conor McGregor during his tirade, perhaps more stinging than ever before. Claiming ‘The Notorious’ was never featherweight champion because he didn’t defend the belt, Aldo was on top form to say the least.

Aldo described McGregor as a ‘clown’ before moving on to Holloway and Khabib. Expressing his anger that ‘Blessed’ was allegedly ‘ducking’ him, ‘Scarface’ started a war of words with the interim champ. Holloway released images of his injured ankle, claiming that was the sole reason he couldn’t fight at UFC 208. Another startling claim by Aldo was that he’d been offered an interim title fight at lightweight. Hinting Khabib had turned down the fight, the featherweight boss has forced a response from ‘The Eagle’ too.

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So Aldo Was Telling The Truth

To a degree, Aldo wasn’t lying during that now infamous interview. Although Holloway might not be ducking him, he is certainly unable to fight at UFC 208, and by the sounds of Khabib’s response, he did indeed refuse a lightweight interim title fight.

“Aldo says, referring to me, that I refused to fight with him. Tell him that I do not bully the little. I want a real battle, and only Tony can give it to me. At this stage of my career, even if I win Daniel Cormier, fans will say that I have to fight with Tony, and I agree with them. I have spent my career in the UFC asking for the strongest opponents, currently in this division we must decide who is stronger, me or Tony? Without exception, all the fans and experts want to see this fight and I want to give it to them. And you, Aldo, I advise you not to lose the respect of your fans, including me, do not lose your head, do not fall for the mind games of the UFC, and be yourself.”

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If They Are Gonna Make Another Interim…

Diluting the UFC’s divisions with countless junior belts is, frankly, pointless. That said, if they are going to make an interim belt at lightweight, it might as well be with the two top lightweight contenders. Things are confusing enough without having the current featherweight champion moving up for an interim belt at 155 pounds.

Khabib vs. Tony or bust!

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FOX to re-air UFC 206 on Christmas Eve

Las Vegas – As one of the best events of the year, UFC® 206: HOLLOWAY vs. PETTIS turned into an instant classic featuring two Knockout of the Year candidates, a Fight of the Year and a new champion in Max Holloway being crowned. UFC® and …

Las Vegas – As one of the best events of the year, UFC® 206: HOLLOWAY vs. PETTIS turned into an instant classic featuring two Knockout of the Year candidates, a Fight of the Year and a new champion in Max Holloway being crowned. UFC® and FOX will give fans the chance to relive the action from Toronto when a special two-hour version of UFC 206 is re-aired on Saturday, December 24 at 8 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT on FOX.
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Midnight Mania! Conor McGregor slayer, Nate Diaz, won’t answer UFC’s call unless its worth $20 million

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Welcome to Midnight Mania, where Nate Diaz ain’t gonna be no ho! In fact, he won’t even answer his phone for less than $20 million. We’ve also got Max Holloway getting honored in Hawaii, Roy Nelson doing the mannequin challenge with Mike Tyson, and Ilir Latifi getting a pin removed from his toe.

The exact quote from Diaz (via MMA Fighting):

“I’m only fighting at lightweight for a big fight or 20 million just to take the call. Until then, I’m just living my life.”

This is what happens in the rare instance when a fighter both knows his worth, as Diaz now does, has leverage — UFC knows a trilogy with its money-making machine, Conor McGregor, is perhaps its most-watched pay-per-view (PPV) event ever. McGregor already has the clout and earning potential to keep WME | IMG in the black moving forward as the $40 million man. Diaz, meanwhile, would be foolish to not thumb his nose at the company until he gets what he wants. This is part and parcel the reason UFC pays its fighters just above a living wage — financial difficulty is a real crowbar for them when negotiations get tough.

Unfortunately for them, Diaz has escaped that Matrix, and isn’t planning on going back. He is a millionaire — with no expensive hobbies — and could easily retire now. One last big-money fight, however, would set him up for life … and he knows it. And while $20 million is still pocket change compared to what the promotion — and McGregor — would make for a high-profile trilogy match, and the fight doesn’t have an expiration date anytime soon. And Nate is willing to back up his tough talk with his actions.

“I’m only fighting for $20 million.”

Translation: pic.twitter.com/cRnuOnIAj1

— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) December 22, 2016

As Dana White so eloquently tragically argued: You eat what you kill in UFC. And Diaz mangled and strangled its cash cow.

As a reminder of how little problem the Diaz brothers have had backing up their tough talk inside and outside the cage, remember when Nate brawled with Khabib Nurmagomedov? (Area code) 209 vs the Dagestanis is just a combustible combination … even if “The Eagle” would wrestle Diaz’ to death in a cage.

NATE DIAZ x KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV BRAWL https://t.co/TunF1hCib5

— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) December 21, 2016

Diaz’s message to Khabib after said brawl:

Put another in the swear jar, Nate:

Roy Nelson got to train AND do the “Mannequin Challenge” with Mike Tyson? He’s officially having too much fun.

I love training and working with @miketyson Plus we got to have some fun. #MannequinChallenge pic.twitter.com/k1E41b4BWY

— Roy Nelson (@roynelsonmma) December 22, 2016

The sport lost someone today. To be honest, I had never heard of him, but people who have been following mixed martial arts (MMA) longer than me are sharing his highlights, which look pretty awesome. Watch these, then pour one out for Morkevicius.

RIP Morkevicius. Loved watching him fight. https://t.co/3iLJuMA7Mv

— Lucas Bourdon (@lucas_bourdon) December 21, 2016

For those who don’t know, Morkevičius might have been the most terrifying 140 something pound man in MMA history pic.twitter.com/F639F2Uem8

— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) December 21, 2016

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— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) December 21, 2016

Here’s his whole playlist for those of you who are up all night like me:

Forest Griffin and I party the same way:

If this is what you mean by party then yes I like to party! pic.twitter.com/lqMoNPpE1U

— Forrest Griffin (@ForrestGriffin) December 21, 2016

I don’t know how UFC Fight Pass doesn’t have a show where Griffin attempts a new career as a life coach. He seems to have it well in hand.

In other news, hobbled interim Featherweight champion Max Holloway was honored with the homegrown hero award in his native Hawaii.


Podcasts and Audio

“Heavy Hands” is out, and Sage and Paige get some airtime:

The “Promotional Malpractice” live chat, in which Luke Thomas opens by calling his dog an idiot.

Tommy Toehold holds an actual podcast, if you didn’t know:


Bobs and Weaves

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier got into it on Twitter:

I’ve finally found something about @danielcormier that would bring us to blows: he doesn’t like guacamole. https://t.co/jR9pja4Kp5

— Jon Jones (@jonjones) December 22, 2016

Oh, not that Jon Jones, and not that Daniel Cormier. These two are fighting about something more relatable!

This was clever of Alan Jouban.

Did @AlanJouban pull a reverse CroCop setup? Instead of, “spam the , sneak the left high kick”, it’s like “spam the kick, sneak the “.. pic.twitter.com/G23zNlUdtX

— NorthAmericanPete (@PeterDelNorte) December 21, 2016

Whatever you do, seriously, never, ever try and placate your lady friend who is stuck home with you on a UFC fight night with a, “Did you know that dude is a Versace model?” story.

It doesn’t work out well. Ever. I learned the hard way.

In case you missed it, Khabib Nurmagomedov responded to Jose Aldo. Apparently the crazy story “Scarface” was telling was (maybe) true — “The Eagle” DID turn down a fight with him — but not because he was afraid.

Aldo says, referring to me, that I refused to fight with him. Tell him that I do not bully the little. I want a real battle, and only Tony can give it to me. At this stage of my career, even if I win Daniel Cormier, fans will say that I have to fight with Tony, and I agree with them. I have spent my career in the UFC asking for the strongest opponents, currently in this division we must decide who is stronger, me or Tony? Without exception, all the fans and experts want to see this fight and I want to give it to them. And you, Aldo, I advise you not to lose the respect of your fans, including me, do not lose your head, do not fall for the mind games of the UFC, and be yourself. ❗ Альдо говорит намекая на меня, что я отказался от боя с ним. Передайте ему, что я маленьких не обижаю. Я хочу реальный бой, и это Тони. На данном этапе моей карьеры если даже я выиграю Даниеля Кормье, фанаты будут говорить, что мне надо подраться с Тони, и я с ними согласен. Я всю свою карьеру в UFC прошу самых сильных соперников, в данный момент в легком весе мне и Тони надо определиться, кто сильнее, я первый номер в рейтинге а Тони второй. Без исключения все фанаты и специалисты хотят этого боя, и я хочу подарить им это. А тебе Альдо я советую не терять уважение от своих фанатов, и в том числе от меня, не теряй голову, не подставляйся под игры UFC, и будь собой. #юфсишныеигрыопятьвтеме @ufc

A photo posted by Khabib Nurmagomedov (@khabib_nurmagomedov) on Dec 21, 2016 at 10:22am PST

An old video was circulating of Ryan Hall this week, who once easily handled some drunk dude who got in his face:

Respect @ryanhall5050 pic.twitter.com/kFVOHCT885

— Daniel (@Danielmmafan) December 19, 2016

Ronda Rousey returns before the “New Year” begins. You probably hadn’t heard, though — she’s not a big draw or anything. Nonetheless, remember the last time she stepped into the Octagon? It was insane.

#UFC207 pic.twitter.com/YKXpbTRzDX

— JustBleedMMA (@JustBleedMMA) November 26, 2016

That was violent, while this is just gross. Ilir Latifi, he of horse-riding fame, gets a pin extracted from his surgically-repaired foot:

5 weeks after my surgery and finally I’m done, now some rehad and I’ll be back stronger than ever pic.twitter.com/6cO9hg9Z8d

— Ilir Latifi (@Latifimma) December 21, 2016

He will get back on the horse soon.

Great days✨

A photo posted by Ilir Latifi (@ilirlatifi) on May 11, 2016 at 10:33pm PDT

He is, after all, a monster.

While I’m waiting for my foot surgery, still doing som work

A video posted by Ilir Latifi (@ilirlatifi) on Oct 25, 2016 at 4:27am PDT

But, not as strong as his son.

Worlds strongest ✨ Lirim ✨

A video posted by Ilir Latifi (@ilirlatifi) on Nov 6, 2016 at 8:37am PST

Ilir Latifi is my hero. And I’m sure I’m not alone!


Quick Hits


Randomland

Watch the dad in the background pic.twitter.com/EvnjfZoiHX

— LMAO (@LmaooComedy) December 4, 2016

This little girl really thinks she’s something.

Posted by HipHopDX.com on Saturday, November 26, 2016


Stay woke, Maniacs.

Email VorpalManiac@gmail.com with sweet memes you want included.

Bringing you the weird and the wild from the world of MMA each and every night …

Welcome to Midnight Mania, where Nate Diaz ain’t gonna be no ho! In fact, he won’t even answer his phone for less than $20 million. We’ve also got Max Holloway getting honored in Hawaii, Roy Nelson doing the mannequin challenge with Mike Tyson, and Ilir Latifi getting a pin removed from his toe.

The exact quote from Diaz (via MMA Fighting):

“I’m only fighting at lightweight for a big fight or 20 million just to take the call. Until then, I’m just living my life.”

This is what happens in the rare instance when a fighter both knows his worth, as Diaz now does, has leverage — UFC knows a trilogy with its money-making machine, Conor McGregor, is perhaps its most-watched pay-per-view (PPV) event ever. McGregor already has the clout and earning potential to keep WME | IMG in the black moving forward as the $40 million man. Diaz, meanwhile, would be foolish to not thumb his nose at the company until he gets what he wants. This is part and parcel the reason UFC pays its fighters just above a living wage — financial difficulty is a real crowbar for them when negotiations get tough.

Unfortunately for them, Diaz has escaped that Matrix, and isn’t planning on going back. He is a millionaire — with no expensive hobbies — and could easily retire now. One last big-money fight, however, would set him up for life … and he knows it. And while $20 million is still pocket change compared to what the promotion — and McGregor — would make for a high-profile trilogy match, and the fight doesn’t have an expiration date anytime soon. And Nate is willing to back up his tough talk with his actions.

As Dana White so eloquently tragically argued: You eat what you kill in UFC. And Diaz mangled and strangled its cash cow.

As a reminder of how little problem the Diaz brothers have had backing up their tough talk inside and outside the cage, remember when Nate brawled with Khabib Nurmagomedov? (Area code) 209 vs the Dagestanis is just a combustible combination … even if “The Eagle” would wrestle Diaz’ to death in a cage.

Diaz’s message to Khabib after said brawl:

Put another in the swear jar, Nate:

Roy Nelson got to train AND do the “Mannequin Challenge” with Mike Tyson? He’s officially having too much fun.

The sport lost someone today. To be honest, I had never heard of him, but people who have been following mixed martial arts (MMA) longer than me are sharing his highlights, which look pretty awesome. Watch these, then pour one out for Morkevicius.

Here’s his whole playlist for those of you who are up all night like me:

Forest Griffin and I party the same way:

I don’t know how UFC Fight Pass doesn’t have a show where Griffin attempts a new career as a life coach. He seems to have it well in hand.

In other news, hobbled interim Featherweight champion Max Holloway was honored with the homegrown hero award in his native Hawaii.


Podcasts and Audio

“Heavy Hands” is out, and Sage and Paige get some airtime:

The “Promotional Malpractice” live chat, in which Luke Thomas opens by calling his dog an idiot.

Tommy Toehold holds an actual podcast, if you didn’t know:


Bobs and Weaves

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier got into it on Twitter:

Oh, not that Jon Jones, and not that Daniel Cormier. These two are fighting about something more relatable!

This was clever of Alan Jouban.

Whatever you do, seriously, never, ever try and placate your lady friend who is stuck home with you on a UFC fight night with a, “Did you know that dude is a Versace model?” story.

It doesn’t work out well. Ever. I learned the hard way.

In case you missed it, Khabib Nurmagomedov responded to Jose Aldo. Apparently the crazy story “Scarface” was telling was (maybe) true — “The Eagle” DID turn down a fight with him — but not because he was afraid.

An old video was circulating of Ryan Hall this week, who once easily handled some drunk dude who got in his face:

Ronda Rousey returns before the “New Year” begins. You probably hadn’t heard, though — she’s not a big draw or anything. Nonetheless, remember the last time she stepped into the Octagon? It was insane.

That was violent, while this is just gross. Ilir Latifi, he of horse-riding fame, gets a pin extracted from his surgically-repaired foot:

He will get back on the horse soon.

Great days?

A photo posted by Ilir Latifi (@ilirlatifi) on

He is, after all, a monster.

While I’m waiting for my foot surgery, still doing som work

A video posted by Ilir Latifi (@ilirlatifi) on

But, not as strong as his son.

Worlds strongest ? Lirim ?

A video posted by Ilir Latifi (@ilirlatifi) on

Ilir Latifi is my hero. And I’m sure I’m not alone!


Quick Hits


Randomland

This little girl really thinks she’s something.

Posted by HipHopDX.com on Saturday, November 26, 2016


Stay woke, Maniacs.

Email VorpalManiac@gmail.com with sweet memes you want included.

Video: A Closer Look At Johny Hendricks Ahead Of Neil Magny Showdown At UFC 207

https://youtu.be/V6dcJOfhqgk

While the fight hasn’t been getting its’ proper attention heading into the show, Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny will headline the FOX Sports 1 preliminary card that will serve as the lead-in to next Saturday’s UFC 207: N…

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https://youtu.be/V6dcJOfhqgk

While the fight hasn’t been getting its’ proper attention heading into the show, Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny will headline the FOX Sports 1 preliminary card that will serve as the lead-in to next Saturday’s UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey event in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Featured above is “UFC 207: The Roots of Johny Hendricks,” which gives fans a closer look at the former UFC Welterweight Champion as he prepares to head into battle against Neil Magny in what could be the last fight of Hendricks’ storied MMA career.

Hendricks-Magny joins the stacked UFC 207 card next Saturday night, December 30th, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show features, among other noted fights: Amanda Nunes vs. Ronda Rousey for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship, Dominick Cruz vs. Cody “No Love” Garbrandt for the UFC Bantamweight Championship, Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum in a battle of former UFC Heavyweight Champions and a battle of the number one and two contenders in the UFC Bantamweight division as former champion TJ Dillashaw goes one-on-one with knockout artist John Lineker.

Join us here at MMANews.com on 12/30 for live round-by-round results coverage of the UFC 207 pay-per-view.

Tyron Woodley offers to fight Conor McGregor in Ireland: Call Dana White and get it booked

Woodley is open to defending his welterweight title against McGregor in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland.

While Tyron Woodley was busy preparing for his championship bout against Stephen Thompson at UFC 205, the welterweight champion almost got lured into a back-and-forth with Conor McGregor at the weigh-ins.

Woodley, 34, managed to stay focused on the task at hand and retained his WW title when he fought ‘Wonderboy’ to a draw in the co-main event.

Now, over one month on, ‘T-Wood’ can focus his efforts on McGregor and said he is more than open to a championship fight in ‘The Notorious’s’ backyard of Dublin, Ireland.

“So if you want to get in there with a lion and get your head bit off and have me spewing your blood all over the octagon while you’ve got that goofy tiger tattoo on your chest, looking like a clown with a clown on your chest, we can do it,” Woodley said in a YouTube video log (h/t Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting).

“We can do it in Ireland, Dublin, we can do it in the back of White Castle, I don’t care. But just know, I ain’t that guy. I don’t like to try and act overly hood or overly ghetto, a million hood stripes, but where I’m from you don’t call me a bitch, number one. Number two, you don’t fake like you’re about that life. If you want to scrap, if you want to make this money, let’s do it. If you don’t, shut your mouth. Just do your thing.”

McGregor, a proud representative of SBG Ireland, has expressed his desire to fight at Dublin’s Croke Park, but the UFC face a plethora of issues in getting the arena booked for a PPV event – mainly the timezone and unpredictability of the Irish weather.

McGregor became the first UFC fighter to hold two belts at the same time when he TKO’d Eddie Alvarez to win the lightweight title last month. The 28-year-old knocked out Jose Aldo in thirteen seconds to capture featherweight gold at UFC 194 but was stripped of the belt shortly after his historic win over Alvarez at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Woodley, who has also called for a fight with Nick Diaz at UFC 209, is expected to face Thompson in an immediate rematch, but money talks. A welterweight championship epic with McGregor would be one of the UFC’s biggest fights of 2017.

Woodley is open to defending his welterweight title against McGregor in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland.

While Tyron Woodley was busy preparing for his championship bout against Stephen Thompson at UFC 205, the welterweight champion almost got lured into a back-and-forth with Conor McGregor at the weigh-ins.

Woodley, 34, managed to stay focused on the task at hand and retained his WW title when he fought ‘Wonderboy’ to a draw in the co-main event.

Now, over one month on, ‘T-Wood’ can focus his efforts on McGregor and said he is more than open to a championship fight in ‘The Notorious’s’ backyard of Dublin, Ireland.

“So if you want to get in there with a lion and get your head bit off and have me spewing your blood all over the octagon while you’ve got that goofy tiger tattoo on your chest, looking like a clown with a clown on your chest, we can do it,” Woodley said in a YouTube video log (h/t Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting).

“We can do it in Ireland, Dublin, we can do it in the back of White Castle, I don’t care. But just know, I ain’t that guy. I don’t like to try and act overly hood or overly ghetto, a million hood stripes, but where I’m from you don’t call me a bitch, number one. Number two, you don’t fake like you’re about that life. If you want to scrap, if you want to make this money, let’s do it. If you don’t, shut your mouth. Just do your thing.”

McGregor, a proud representative of SBG Ireland, has expressed his desire to fight at Dublin’s Croke Park, but the UFC face a plethora of issues in getting the arena booked for a PPV event – mainly the timezone and unpredictability of the Irish weather.

McGregor became the first UFC fighter to hold two belts at the same time when he TKO’d Eddie Alvarez to win the lightweight title last month. The 28-year-old knocked out Jose Aldo in thirteen seconds to capture featherweight gold at UFC 194 but was stripped of the belt shortly after his historic win over Alvarez at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Woodley, who has also called for a fight with Nick Diaz at UFC 209, is expected to face Thompson in an immediate rematch, but money talks. A welterweight championship epic with McGregor would be one of the UFC’s biggest fights of 2017.