UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov has revealed which topic has led to Dana White ignoring his text messages for the very first time. Despite retiring from competition following his title defense against Justin Gaethje in 2020, a decision that the UFC president did his best to try and reverse, Khabib has maintained a positive relationship with…
As it turns out, Khabib’s pursuit for his protégé to fill the position opposite “Do Bronx” even brought him to his private messages with White. But it doesn’t appear that the Dagestani’s close relationship and regular discourse with the UFC president has helped on this occasion.
During an interview with ESPN MMA’s Brett Okamoto, Khabib revealed that a recent text about Makhachev’s claim to the title shot went unanswered, marking the very first time that White has chosen to ignore the former champion.
“Honestly, this is first time since when we (started) talking (to) each other, he don’t respond,” said Khabib. “I sent a message like, ‘No way some other guy gets to fight for the title. Islam has to be there.’ I sent a similar message but he don’t respond. I think he was busy, maybe [LAUGHS]. This first time, and it’s okay. Everybody make mistake. He’s gonna come back stronger.
“You know what’s interesting? He looked,” noted Khabib. “You know when you send a message you can understand, he’s watching. But he don’t respond [LAUGHS].”
“I don’t wanna give him pressure, but Dana, we have to finish two business, Islam Makhachev and (The) Ultimate Fighter. Please, call me back brother, because if you don’t call me back, I’m gonna be in Vegas June, then you have to send me a message, like your location. Be careful Dana, we have to finish our business brother, call me back,” concluded Khabib.
Is Khabib Nurmagomedov right? Is Islam Makhachev the only option for Dana White and the UFC?
Ali Abdelaziz does not believe that UFC President Dana White will give Conor McGregor an immediate title shot upon his return from injury. Abdelaziz, the longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) manager, was recently interviewed by The Schmo, and asked about McGregor’s title shot chances. As someone who has known Dana White a long time, Abdelaziz…
Ali Abdelaziz does not believe that UFC President Dana White will give Conor McGregor an immediate title shot upon his return from injury.
Abdelaziz, the longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) manager, was recently interviewed by The Schmo, and asked about McGregor’s title shot chances. As someone who has known Dana White a long time, Abdelaziz said he’ll be “f*cking shocked” if McGregor gets the nod for a title fight.
“Conor McGregor, like I said to somebody else earlier today, he’s rehabbing his injury,” Abdelaziz said. “He’s rehabbing his drug habits. Nobody cares about Conor McGregor. He has not won a fight since Obama was the president.
“He’s just popular because he’s a Twitter fighter now. He’s an Instagram fighter. When’s the last time he fought? And shown us he’s worthy enough to fight for a UFC title.
“Listen to me, I understand the UFC business, but I know Dana White like the back of my hand. Dana White will never give Conor McGregor a title fight coming off three losses. I know him. And if he did, I’ll be f*cking shocked. But I don’t think they will ever do that.”
McGregor is on a two-fight losing streak at the moment. His last victory came in January of 2020 against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at welterweight. In his last outing at 155-pounds, McGregor suffered a TKO loss to Dustin Porier via doctor stoppage, breaking his leg during the bout.
During his rehab, McGregor seems to have put on quite a bit of muscle and has been calling out UFC Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman for a title shot. However, given his current losing skid, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where McGregor is given a shot at the welterweight title.
What do you think of Ali Abdelaziz saying White won’t give McGregor a title shot next? Do you agree? Sound off in the comments!
UFC lightweight veteran Tony Ferguson says that his return to action and career timeline will be decided by himself, and not UFC President Dana White. At UFC 274 earlier this month, Ferguson’s torrid run of form continued. Having entered 2020 riding a 12-fight win streak and with a title shot secured, the fan favorite has…
UFC lightweight veteran Tony Ferguson says that his return to action and career timeline will be decided by himself, and not UFC President Dana White.
At UFC 274 earlier this month, Ferguson’s torrid run of form continued. Having entered 2020 riding a 12-fight win streak and with a title shot secured, the fan favorite has since lost four consecutive Octagon outings.
During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Ferguson, who has made his willingness to return to welterweight known, claimed that the UFC president had made him “feel like sh*t” in the past, largely in regards to a weight switch.
Now, Ferguson says he won’t let anyone make him feel like that again, not the commentary team, the fans, or Dana White.
“I have nothing against going up a weight class. For a long time, Dana made me feel like sh*t for going up a weight,” revealed Ferguson. “But he made me feel like sh*t for a long time, and when you have people making you feel like sh*t like that, essentially you start to almost believe it.
“I’m not standing here giving him the finger, but I’m kinda sitting here like, I’m gonna do me for me now, and you’re gonna watch me now. I’m not tryna be unhappy anymore, because I just can’t do that sh*t anymore,” added Ferguson. “I’m not gonna let commentary or people have that fault and throw it in my sh*t. I do that myself, and I do it enough.”
Ferguson: When I Say I’ll Fight, I’ll Fight
With that strong stance in mind, Ferguson gave a stern response to White’s suggestion that he should take a lengthy period away from he cage following his KO loss at UFC 274.
According to the #10-ranked lightweight, he’s calling the shots now, and when he wants to fight and is ready to, he’ll be throwing down inside the Octagon.
“As far as a return, he says I’m gonna take some time off. Man, I call the shots,” asserted Ferguson. “Whenever I say I fight, they always give me a fight, and that’s how it goes… They know already. When I say I’m ready, I’m gonna be ready.”
While some have looked at Ferguson’s four-fight losing skid and the fashion of his latest loss to conclude that his time is nearly up in the sport, Ferguson clearly believes the opposite. He’ll look to prove that he can still compete at the highest level when he next enters the cage, a return he expects to come before the end of 2022.
Who would you like to see Tony Ferguson share the Octagon with next?
So, it’s come to this. Nate Diaz, one of MMA’s biggest stars, peeing on the UFC’s multi-million-dollar, state-of-the-art Performance Institute. The act of defiant protest last week was the culmination of months, nay years of exasperation Diaz has seemingly suffered at the hands of the UFC. With just one fight left on his contract, the…
So, it’s come to this. Nate Diaz, one of MMA’s biggest stars, peeing on the UFC’s multi-million-dollar, state-of-the-art Performance Institute.
The act of defiant protest last week was the culmination of months, nay years of exasperation Diaz has seemingly suffered at the hands of the UFC. With just one fight left on his contract, the 37-year-old has this year consistently lashed out at the promotion for failing to secure his final opponent.
Nate has requested to be released from his contract and has even flirted with the idea of signing with Bellator. Never before, however, have we seen a professional athlete offer bodily fluids onto the negotiating table—a bold statement that has only further enamored Diaz to fans, and sent a clear message to the UFC brass.
But in Nate’s 15-year working relationship with the UFC, these sorts of protestations are far from the exception, but rather the rule. The Stockton bad boy has through the years regularly voiced countless complaints and grievances with his employer, and in this article, we’ll look back at some of his biggest spats with the UFC.
2014: Diaz Requests Release From “F*cked Up” UFC Contract
Diaz’s first significant public squabble with the UFC came in 2014, just months after he earned Knockout of the Night against Gray Maynard in the Ultimate Fighter Finale. Then 28 years old and 12-7 in the UFC, Diaz posted a tweet requesting to be released from his contract.
Following that tweet, Diaz decided to air his many contractual grievances with the UFC to media. The then lightweight stated that “I don’t get paid sh*t” and alleged that his employer had “conned me into signing an eight-fight contract.”
“My contract is all f*cked up,” Diaz told MMA Fighting. “I want to be paid like these other fighters. I’m over here getting chump change.”
In protest of his unfavorable contract, Diaz chose to stay out of the Octagon for over a year— an act that saw the UFC drop him from the lightweight rankings. He finally made his return against Rafael dos Anjos in December 2014. Diaz missed weight for the bout and was fined 20 percent of his purse.
2016: Diaz Claims The “UFC Played Me Again” As Conor Rematch Stalls
In March 2016, Diaz pulled off one of the biggest upset wins in MMA history by defeating Conor McGregor on just 11 days’ notice — a feat that saw Nate’s star rise to stratospheric heights.
Organizing a rematch between his promotion’s two biggest stars was of course the number one priority for UFC President Dana White. But after he flew to Stockton, California to get Diaz to sign on the dotted line, things went pear shaped.
Their meeting started off amicably as Nate, White and a few UFC suits negotiated terms for the rematch while chowing down at a restaurant. But according to TMZ, Diaz later said something that caused White to become visibly angry, stand up and beeline it for his SUV.
This little blow up from White caused the rematch talks to drag on for months, during which time Diaz once again took to his favorite social media platform to enlighten the public as to the unscrupulous business practices of his employer.
Diaz would of course eventually hash out his differences with White and agree to a rematch with McGregor in August 2016, which he lost by majority decision.
2017: “This F*cker Can’t Stop Making Shit Up About Me”
Many people thought that Diaz — most notably himself — had in fact defeated McGregor in their rematch. Despite initially desiring a rubber match with the Irishman, in the months that followed, Nate nixed the idea.
Dana White, however, claimed that Diaz was still keen on the bout. The UFC President told media that “We keep offering Nate fights, and he keeps turning them down,” insisting that he was “holding out for McGregor.”
This prompted Diaz to lash out at White on Twitter, accusing him of lying and noting that the only fight he had been offered was that against McGregor.
2018: Nate Storms Out Of UFC 203 Presser
After nearly two years in the MMA wilderness, Diaz was scheduled to face Dustin Poirier at UFC 203 in November 2018. But when at the press conference the UFC decided to play a promo for the upcoming clash between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, the Stockton native stormed off stage in a huff.
Diaz was seemingly offended that his long-awaited UFC return was being overshadowed by his most bitter rival, McGregor. He later tweeted that he was pulling out of the fight, and Nate wasn’t seen in the Octagon again until August the following year.
2019: Nate Slams The UFC For “Ostracizing” Him
In August 2019, Diaz finally made his return from three years of self-imposed exile to face Anthony Pettis at UFC 241. Leading up to the clash, Nate spoke to media to clear the air as to why he spent so long on the sidelines. And to no one’s surprise, he placed the blame squarely on the UFC, who Diaz accused of pretending that he had vanished.
“I beat the best guy at the moment, I beat the best guy, and you guys are just treating me like, vanished, then I’m like, ‘Oh well f*ck me, so f*ck you,’” Diaz told ESPN. “I’m a bigger draw, a bigger fight than anybody in the game and you guys are going to just sit back and not participate and ‘black sheep’ me — not ‘black sheep,’ it’s like ‘ostracized,’ put me on the outskirts of the whole conversation.”
2022: Diaz Grows Increasingly Inpatient With The UFC
Diaz’s frustrations with the UFC have reached fever pitch this year. With just one fight left on his contract, the 37 year old has consistently called for the promotion to find an opponent for him, but to no avail.
Somehow, despite both fighters verbally agreeing in February, Diaz’s proposed matchup with Dustin Poirier fell through. This prompted Nate to once again request to be released from his UFC contract.
Then in April, Nate lashed out at the UFC for turning both himself and his brother, Nick, into NFTs (non-fungible tokens). The Stockton bad boy took to Twitter to air his displeasure, reiterating his desire to exit the UFC.
Nate, however, still seems determined to fight one last time in the UFC before he likely calls it quits. In May, his attention turned to Michael Chandler following his brutal knockout of Tony Ferguson at UFC 274. Diaz took to Twitter to demand that the UFC set up the matchup.
This demand clearly wasn’t considered by the UFC to Diaz’s satisfaction, because two days later, he decided to urinate on the lawn of the UFC Performance Institute. And that’s where Nate’s relationship with the promotion currently stands, which begs the question: will he finally get an opponent, and will it be the last of his UFC career?
It’s now been almost a year since Nate last graced the Octagon, and despite having lost three of his last four fights, his star is undoubtedly shining brighter than it ever has. We can only speculate as to the back-room machinations that have prevented him from securing an opponent. But hopefully soon he’ll come to terms with the UFC, secure an opponent, and if we’re lucky, sign a new contract.
UFC President Dana White has confirmed that former champion Maurício “Shogun” Rua will be granted the final fight of his contract. On this past weekend’s UFC 274 main card, “Shogun” ran it back with Ovince Saint Preux. When the pair first met at UFC Fight Night 56 back in 2014, the Brazilian was viciously knocked…
UFC President Dana White has confirmed that former champion Maurício “Shogun” Rua will be granted the final fight of his contract.
On this past weekend’s UFC 274 main card, “Shogun” ran it back with Ovince Saint Preux. When the pair first met at UFC Fight Night 56 back in 2014, the Brazilian was viciously knocked out in just 34 seconds. Given his understandable decline at the age of 40, as well as the damage he’s taken across two decades of fighting, many fans feared for a similar fate in the rematch.
Fortunately, or unfortunately for those wanting more action, the pair went the full 15-minute distance in a pretty forgettable fight, with “OSP” leaving Phoenix with a second victory over “Shogun” on his record, this time via split decision.
During his appearance at the UFC 274 post-fight press conference, the UFC chief noted that Rua was by no means convincingly beaten, nor did he give any indication that he should be prevented from competing one last time.
“’Shogun’ is a legend, not just here but in the sport: Pride, here, and it’s not like ‘Shogun’ went out there tonight and looked like, ‘Oh my God, this guy can’t even compete in the sport anymore.’ He’s got one more fight left on his contract. So I’ll give it to him, and let him make that money, and go out the way he wants to,” said White.
Given the decision to match “Shogun” with another veteran of the sport this past weekend, it stands to reason that the UFC will follow a similar route for the Brazilian’s final fight.
Although given how the rematch with “OSP” went, perhaps it won’t be on a pay-per-view main card…
Who should Maurício “Shogun” Rua share the Octagon with for his final contracted fight?
Dana White may have a fix for the UFC’s scale inaccuracy controversy. This past weekend UFC 274 was held and it would be false to say the event went off without a hitch. During the official weigh-ins for the event, then-lightweight champion Charles Oliveira missed weight for his scheduled title defense against Justin Gaethje. Due…
Dana White may have a fix for the UFC’s scale inaccuracy controversy.
This past weekend UFC 274 was held and it would be false to say the event went off without a hitch. During the official weigh-ins for the event, then-lightweight champion Charles Oliveira missed weight for his scheduled title defense against Justin Gaethje. Due to the miss, Oliveira was stripped of his title and the lightweight division is now without a champion at the helm.
The UFC has been using a traditional boxing scale aka a mechanical scale for many years, although today’s digital scales may be more accurate. However, UFC President Dana White is placing blame on tampering with the scale, not the scale itself.
White spoke after UFC 274 about how the scale is left out overnight and that fighters touching the official scale is what leads to the inexactness at weight ins. White is leading a possible solution to this problem.
“It’s a nightmare. We were just talking about it in the back there,” White explained. “We have this issue where guys come out and they’ll start checking the scale the night before. And all the Europeans and guys from other parts of the world do kilos. So they all start fuckin’ with the scale to look at kilos and who knows?
“There’s so many moving parts to this beast of a machine that we run every week. We gotta have a security guard in there where the scale is now. It’s something we’re gonna have to do.”
Following the weigh-in, The Arizona State Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts Commission, released a statement via MMA Fighting about the scale in question. They said, “any scales used for any purpose other than official weigh-ins (such as those that may be used for fighters to unofficially test their weight) are not calibrated or inspected by commission staff as they are typically provided by the promoter.”
Due to his missed weight, Oliveira’s win at UFC 274 was not for the title but has secured him as the next man to fight for that belt. Who he fights next is unclear at this time.
What do you think of Dana White’s “solution” for inaccurate scales at weight-ins?