Posted 04/10/2014 by McKinley Noble in UFC

Nick Diaz May Never Fight Again, and That’s Terrible

Nick Diaz may never capture a UFC title, but he’s pound-for-pound the most frustrating fighter on the roster.

In a welterweight division suddenly devoid of Georges St-Pierre and his unflinching divisional dominance, Diaz should be in the trenches, fighting in title eliminators, driving up pay-per-view buys, and making hundreds of thousands (millions?) of dollars while he’s still in his athletic prime.

Instead, he’s sitting at home.

Or heckling Johny Hendricks, which was just weird.

"Hey! Hey, Hendricks! Hey! Look at me! Remember me? I'm probably never going to fight you, you pussy!"

“Hey! Hey, Hendricks! Hey! Look at me! Remember me? I’m probably never going to fight you, you pussy!”

While most MMA fans have simply grinned at that ‘ole “Diaz gonna Diaz” attitude, it’s reached a point where no one should be smiling. The UFC welterweight division is moving on without Diaz, a line of fresh contenders practically going out the door. And even worse, the Stocktonian is now beefing with Dana White over one battle he’s very unlikely to win—fighter pay.

At this point, the writing’s on the wall:

Nick Diaz may legitimately never fight in the UFC again.

It’s a terrifying thought.

That statement’s only gotten more realistic this week, as Diaz has now capped off the last 391 days since his last fight by demanding a 150-percent raise ($500,000) just to step in the Octagon against the likes of Carlos Condit, Robbie Lawler, or (God Forbid) current-champion Hendricks.

Just to recap, Diaz was already making a flat $200,000 sans win bonus to fight B.J. Penn and Carlos Condit. That’s also nothing to mention of his $75,000 UFC 137 “Fight of the Night” bonus and assumedly sizable paycheck for the St-Pierre fight.

Not only is there no way the UFC will give Diaz a mid-contract raise as a “retired” non-champion, they don’t have to do so.

Diaz, at the end of the day, is a just a guy.

The UFC—the giant, multinational brand paying for everything—will not move for one man anymore.

And just to be clear, the issue here isn’t whether Diaz is worth the money he’s paid. Like many UFC fighters, he’s probably undervalued.

No, the real issue simply boils down to two very important things:

  1. Diaz is in no position whatsoever to renegotiate his contract.
  2. Diaz is in no position whatsoever to renegotiate his contract.

That’s pretty much it.

Nick Diaz doesn’t seem to realize that if he wants to get paid more money—and the UFC would love to have him fight—he has to finish out the terms of his current deal. That’s just how it works. For Diaz to not understand that shows a fundamental lack of understanding about how the UFC (or any major company) does business, and will always do business.

Moreover, I’m sure the UFC would rather cut Nick Diaz than inflate his current contract, lest they open the floodgates for other main-eventers to complain.

But what’s more disturbing is that the UFC is trying so hard to get Diaz a fight to no avail.

They offered him Condit; he didn’t want it. Fans and media pitched a rematch with Lawler; nothing came of it. Now the UFC is offering Diaz a fight with Hector Lombard, and there’s been nothing but radio silence.

At this point, it’s clear what’s holding up the works, and just about everyone’s accepting it.

Diaz has absolutely nothing to bargain with outside of his own star power, and that’s something he’s greatly overestimating if he thinks the UFC will overhaul their entire contract system for him.

(‘Or his brother.)

It’s maddening.

It’s frustrating.

And it’s probably going to keep him on the bench for the rest of his UFC career.


McKinley Noble is an MMA conspiracy theorist. His work has appeared in NVisionBleacher Report, PC World, Macworld, GamePro, 1UP, MMA Mania and The L.A. Times. Follow him at @KenTheGreat1 on Twitter.

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