UFC president Dana White wants to get both Nick and Nate Diaz back inside the Octagon and fighting as soon as possible – and as many times as possible.
White’s stated numerous times that he is a fan of both fighters, but the trouble they bring with them when it comes to negotiating deals appears to be getting to the boss.
Nick Diaz announced his retirement for a second time after a loss to Georges St-Pierre, and recently stated he needs $500,000 to fight again. Nate Diaz is trying to get his recently-signed contract changed after besting Gray Maynard.
“This is one of those situations that is going to be a sad story in a few years,” said White, during his media scrum following the TUF Nations Finale. “What people don’t realize when you’re in the moment and your time is now, guys don’t realize until it’s over. You will never make that kind of money again for the rest of your life.
“You should fight as much as you can, get as popular as you can and get as much money as you can.”
White added that he would like to talk with both brothers about their issues, but “You can’t pick up the phone and call these guys.
“I talked to Nick. I offered him the (Hector) Lombard fight. He said he was interested, then he disappears,” White said. “You can’t contact him again. Life goes on. The world moves on without you.”
According to UFC president Dana White, the reason behind moving the Wanderlei Silva-Chael Sonnen fight had nothing to do with Silva wanting more time and everything to do with the “brawl” the two coaches had on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3.
The two are scheduled to meet at UFC 175 in July after being originally set for May.
“What happened was Wanderlei got hurt in that fight,” White said, during his media scrum following The Ultimate Fighter Nations Wednesday. “He got double legged on the concrete and he hurt his back. He hurt his hand punching Chael in the head and he got injured. He couldn’t fight on time because he got hurt in the fight coaching a show.
“I’m done being angry now. I was angry when it happened. It’s just disgusting.”
Sonnen (28-14-1) called out Silva (35-12-1) for weeks to sign the fight contract after he found out it was not yet made official.
White also made sure everyone knows the fight on the reality show was all real and not staged, saying, “It was far from contrived. That thing was a disgusting display of what shouldn’t happen and if I was there, it would have never happened.”
UFC color commentator is a firm believer in Ronda Rousey’s skills.
So much so he feels the UFC female bantamweight champion would defeat boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in a fight.
Rogan, appearing on “ESPN’s SportsNation” recently, discussed the idea of a Rousey-Mayweather bout going down.
“If Ronda got a clinch on him, it is not just about being taken down to the ground, it is worrying about knees to the body,” Rogan said. “It is too hard to avoid the clinch. If you watch a Floyd fight, they very rarely end in a one-punch knockout.
“He has brittle hands. His hands break. You are talking about small gloves where hands are going to break even easier. She keeps her chin tucked, hands high and gets hold of you; there is going to be a lot of things she is doing that he doesn’t understand.”
Maybe Rogan is right, but what if Mayweather, a five-division world boxing champion, did land a shot? Could Rousey survive that kind of power?
Mayweather is set to defend his WBC and The Ring welterweight titles against Marcos Maidana in May, with the WBA welterweight crown also on the line. He is 45-0 in his career, but has not scored a finish since a 2011 knockout of Victor Ortiz.
Rousey recently scored her first knockout win in MMA, defeating Sara McMann.
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Ben Askren is taking a page from the book of pro wrestling, as the former Bellator welterweight champion and current ONE FC fighter believes a “work” is in store.
Askren, on Twitter, feels that Bellator’s decision to pair Tito Ortiz with current middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko at the May 17 pay-per-view is nothing more than a pre-planned fight. The bout has yet to be made official for Bellator 120.
“I think Tito vs. (Shlemenko) is a work,” Askren posted on Twitter after news of the fight became public. “What do you think.”
Several have weighed in on the remark. Askren left the promotion after his contract expired, signing with Asia’s top MMA promotion after talks fell through between his management and the UFC.
Askren also posted that Ortiz, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, and Shlemenko “have ties.”
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) April 12, 2014