According to Nate Diaz’s manager Mike Kogan, Nate was not holding out for a fight, but rather he and the UFC could not make a deal that would make both sides happy. He also said that they were throwing out possible fights, but the promotion was simply not interested.
“I reached out to the UFC before the Donald Cerrone/(Jim) Miller fight even happened and said, ‘hey, how about we fight the winner? Nate beat both of them, they’ve both since fought four times and won, you know,’ and they said, ‘oh you know, let’s see how the guys are after the fight, maybe they’re banged up, maybe there not’,” recounted Kogan.
“Next thing you know, they announce the (Cerrone) fight with Khabib (Nurmagomedov). Then Khabib blows his knee like 15 minutes later and now they’re saying (Cerrone is) gonna be fighting Eddie Alvarez, who’s not even signed with the UFC yet,” he continued.
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.
“And we asked for that fight when Michael Johnson got injured. We hit up the UFC and said, ‘hey, we’ll fight (Josh) Thompson’. That was like 10 day notice, you know. We said maybe ask them if they’ll do like a little higher weight, like a catch-weight, like 160 or something. And they said, ’no, we have it figured out. Don’t worry about it.’”
Diaz next fight is not known at this time.