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Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting obviously just hit record and let Nate Diaz talk during their recent interview, because that is all Diaz did – talk.

The former contender has been silent outside of a few messages on Twitter since defeating Gray Maynard last year.

He asked for his release from the UFC. He asked for more money.

Rumors of Diaz being set to fight a number of times have come and gone, and now, the fighter is explaining what is going on behind the scenes.

It wouldn’t do it much justice to just post bits and pieces of Helwani’s interview, so here’s a link to the entire story and some of the more notable comments made by Diaz.

“I’m ready to fight but not for some funny money that they’re trying to give me. They can let me go or they can let me fight, but let me do something. They know I need to make some money.”

“They need to be about more money. My contract is all (expletive) up. I want to be paid like these other fighters. I’m over here getting chump change.”

“I train harder than everybody in the UFC. And then there’s boxers out there getting multi-million dollar contracts, and I’m a bigger draw than boxers. It’s embarrassing. I think I’m the biggest draw in the lightweight division.”

“I don’t talk to the UFC. No one calls me. I’m not going to call them beginning. They know I’m on call, I take every fight.”

Diaz also stated that he was told his deal could be renegotiated after his fight with Benson Henderson, which was for the UFC title. UFC president Dana White responded to what Diaz had to say.

“Nate Diaz came in and signed a new deal and was very happy with his new deal,” White said. “If he would have (beat Henderson), his deal would have changed.

“Now he comes off a win over Gray Maynard (following the Henderson and Josh Thomson losses) and feels like he should be making Justin Bieber money. Nate needs to get back in there and start fighting.”

holly holm

Former Strikeforce champion Cris Cyborg is down to fight anybody, including boxing great Holly Holm.

Reports circulated recently tying Cyborg and Holm to a possible pay-per-view fight. No further details were mentioned in regards to where, by which promotion or when the bout might go down.

In fact, Cyborg is making it pretty clear she has heard nothing about meeting Holm – other than the various social media rumors.

“I like Holly Holm. She is a great boxer, but neither myself nor my manager has spoken to anyone about a fight with Holly,” Cyborg posted on Facebook recently. “I will fight anyone, anytime, anywhere. I would love to fight (Holm) – boxing or MMA – but first she has to sign with Invicta or at least have her manager contact my manager.”

Cyborg, who has been rumored herself for a possible future in the UFC, also took a shot at Ronda Rousey, saying, “Unlike Ronda, at least Holly wants to fight me. I respect that! I’m ready!!”

In her most recent fight, Cyborg lost a Muay Thai bout for the Lion Fight welterweight title last month. Her MMA win streak remains intact, as she has not lost since her debut fight.

jake shields

UFC president Dana White saw cutting Jake Shields as more than just a smart business decision.

Shields, who was released by the promotion on Monday, is a former title contender and ex-Strikeforce champion. He is also just a few months removed from putting together back-to-back wins over Tyron Woodley and Demain Maia.

White, though, doesn’t believe Shields has what it takes to ever get back into contention in the UFC’s welterweight division.

“Where was he going in this division of animals we have?” asked White, during an interview with Yahoo! Sports. “He’s on the downswing and he’s never going to be the guy. His stand up never improved. He hasn’t really shown anything in his last couple of fights to make you go, ‘Holy (expletive).’

“Right now, at this point, he’s just another guy.”

Shields (29-7-1) turned 35 in January and lost a decision to Hector Lombard last month. He went 4-3 with one no-contest in his UFC career.

“(MMA) is a young man’s game,” White said. “I like Jake Shields a lot. We look at everything (in releasing a fighter). Money has something to do with it. But that wasn’t the only reason or the main reason.”

UFC

Bruce Lee’s legacy in martial arts is one that will likely never be touched.

So, it’s not too surprising that EA Sports has decided to feature Lee as a special in-game character for “EA Sports: UFC,” which is scheduled for a release June 17 on both Xbox and Playstation 4 gaming systems.

Along with all your UFC favorites such as Cain Velasquez, Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre and Ronda Rousey, gamers will be able to download Lee as a fighter.

To play as Lee, gamers will need to either defeat the career mode on pro difficulty or they can purchase him as a character for one-day.

Check out the video below to see the special “reveal” of Lee as an in-game character.

UFC

Nicco Fertitta carries a heavy burden with him, as the son of UFC co-owner and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta.

Instead of smashing heads inside a cage – or working in a boardroom – the younger Fertitta does his damage out on the football field.

As a safety for Bishop Gorman in Nevada, Nicco has received several college scholarship offers. He made his choice for a future over the weekend, agreeing to attend the University of Notre Dame.

Fertitta is listed as a three-star recruit by most services.

“Congrats Nicco,” UFC president Dana White posted on Twitter. “Big time kid.”

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