UFC and the Diaz brothers don’t seem to be in the best of terms as both fighters haven’t entered the Octagon for years now.
Despite UFC President Dana White’s confirmation of Nick Diaz’s Octagon return with a fight against Jorge Masvidal UFC 235 in March, ‘Diablo’ hinted a change of promotion in an Instagram story.
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It has almost been four years since the elder Diaz stepped inside the cage, last fighting Anderson Silva in a 2015 match that turned out into a no contest. Despite not signing into fights for a long time, the Californian middleweight is still under a bond with the UFC.
However, the world’s most famous MMA promotion seem to disappoint Diaz after hinting on Instagram that negotiations didn’t fit his expectations. The 35-year-old captioned his recent upload with:
“F*ck UFC it’s all about Bellator now at least they pay me ScCoker is a g.”
‘ScCoker’ obviously refers to Bellator President Scott Coker, who has been Diablo’s good friend from their days in Strikeforce. Diaz was a longtime Strikeforce welterweight champion, having defended his title on three separate occasions before parting ways.
His prosperous Strikeforce career is exactly what launched Nick into elite welterweight status during that time, leading to his return to the UFC in October 2011. Being in harmony with the Bellator chief isn’t a surprise, as well as the possibility of Diaz working with him again.
White has recently confirmed Nick’s upcoming Octagon comeback during the UFC 231 post-fight press conference. However, the way the executive confirmed it didn’t exactly inspire a whole lot of confidence.
“Somebody was just telling me earlier that we didn’t announce that?” White asked. “As far as I know, sitting right here right now, that fight’s on. Yeah, as far as I know, that fight is on. I’ve been here since Tuesday. Unless something happened since Tuesday, which is very possible, it’s on.”
What makes the confirmation a little more shady was the last two years’ endless parade of White offering the Diaz brothers fights and then acting surprised when they turn them down. White’s statement indicates that they don’t want to fight while it seems like the UFC isn’t willing to pay them what they’re worth on the Diaz brothers’ end.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Nick Diaz and Instagram/Scott Coker