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Dana White On the Diaz Brothers, Ranking Removal & More

Andrew Ravens

Nick Diaz

In one discussion that Dana White had to say with the media today, he spoke out about those dang Diaz brothers.

“I said it to you guys 50,000 times – if Nate Diaz doesn’t want to fight for the next three years, he doesn’t have to fight,” White said. “You can’t force a guy to fight. He came in, signed the contract, and was happy about his contract. But it’s always the same thing with the Diaz brothers – ‘I didn’t know what I was doing and I didn’t know anything about anything,’ and ‘I don’t know how to do this and I don’t know how to do that.’ OK. Nick is, what, 31, 32 (years old)? And Nate’s a couple years younger than him? What do you do? They’re grown men. But Nick is retired. He’s made it very clear that he’s retired. But [the Brown offer] was me responding to Nate saying, ‘I want to fight Matt Brown.’ We kept offering Nick Diaz fights, and Nick said, ‘I’m retired; I don’t want to fight.’ When he’s ready to fight, he’ll let me know. That’s what everybody doesn’t understand – you don’t want to fight, OK, don’t fight. But you can’t take up a top-10 ranking if you’re not fighting.”

Prior to making his UFC debut, Nick Diaz had a ten fight winning streak and made his UFC debut against BJ Penn which he beat Unanimous Decision. He lost to Carlos Condit via Unanimous Decision and then against GSP for the belt in March of 2013 via Unanimous Decision. He retired after the fight for whatever reason. Diaz has stated that he is interested in coming back for one more fight.

A big discussion that has been going around is that the UFC removed Nate Diaz from the UFC rankings, well he gaves his two cents on what happened:
“I let Dominick Cruz stay on there the entire time – he was ranked No. 1 – the entire time within the last two years,” White said. “It’s probably within the last three or four months that he’s fallen out. At one point, he was out of the top-10. He’s back in now, (and) I didn’t notice, but that was the thing that made me decide, I can’t do this again. I was as good as I could be to Dominick in many ways, and these guys aren’t going to take up spot that these guys who are actively fighting – it’s just not fair. The day Nate Diaz comes back and fights, you guys make the rankings, you put him back in there, and he pops in wherever you guys rank him. Same thing with T.J. Grant.”

Nate Diaz has a 17-9 MMA record and is 2-2 out of his last four. He beat Jim Miller, he then lost to Benson Henderson and then Josh Thomson back to back. In his last fight he beat Gray Maynard last November.


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