Nate Diaz: I don't get paid sh*t. White: Get back to work


Last month Nate Diaz shocked the mma media and fans by asking for his release from the UFC on Twitter. Today Diaz finally broke his silence and detailed his issues with his employer:

"I don't get paid sh*t, and I'm about to tell the world. I didn't like what my brother and my partners got paid. Now that they got a better contract, which still ain't sh*t, it blows what I get out of the water. And they deserve triple what they get. I've been in the UFC for eight years and never turned down a fight. It's not like I'm getting paid 20 bucks an hour and they're getting 50 bucks an hour. I'm getting 20 bucks an hour and they're getting paid 15,000 bucks an hour. They blow me out the water. At this point, I can't even go to lunch with my partners because if we start talking about contracts or our business, I don't have anything but bitter sh*t to say. We're entertaining entertainers. We get Shaq, Justin Bieber and Lil' Jon at the show. How are we entertaining billionaires and we can't even get sh*t?

"My partners still make sh*t money for what the company is bringing in. They're happy because they're not getting paid what they used to get paid, so they get little chunks to shut up. As far as I'm concerned, I don't get paid sh*t. I get $60,000 (to show) and $60,000 (to win). If I were doing this for the fame, I would have quit seven years ago. I can't tell you what my brother and Gil make, but I can tell you that they signed a contract for more than I get paid to headline and win a fight, and that's bullsh*t. So you understand where I'm coming from? I can't even fight for the money they're offering me. So I ask to get released because I can't fight there for that. 

"I don't talk to the UFC. No one calls me. I'm not going to call them begging. They know I'm on call, I take every fight. They know what they should be giving out. 

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MMAFighting was also able to follow-up their story and talk to UFC President Dana White, who had a pretty direct response to Diaz:

Nate needs to get back in there and start fighting, win fights again and earn a title shot again.

"Guess how much money he makes sitting at home? Zero. Get back to work, Nate.

"He was happy as can be when he signed his new deal. Go back and look at my twitter after he signed the new deal. I tweeted it. He was happy. We've done everything to honor the contract. I've always been good to Diaz. This is the kind of craziness you see with athletes. 


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surf2live site profile image  

4/10/14 6:36 PM by surf2live

Shields had stability, he had 8 fights in 3+ years. Odds are if it were a boxing type of contract, after he lost to GSP and Ellenberger coupled with his which most fans consider boring he would have struggled to get a fight that payed well. Heck he got 3 fights after he got busted for weed and got payed well for all of those fights.

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4/10/14 5:38 PM by CindyO

Its just not right that guys we see fight on TV for a few years will have to get real jobs after their pro career ends. Its just NOT right!!!!!   Cindy

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4/10/14 5:34 PM by CindyO

LMFAO!   Cindy

orcus site profile image  

4/10/14 10:13 AM by orcus

Do you choose which bank to give your money to based solely on liking the tellers?

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4/10/14 9:27 AM by AlbertEinstein

Nobody is forcing you to be here. And nobody wants you here.

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4/10/14 9:26 AM by AlbertEinstein

Wah wah wah. So tired of all these faggots on e UG bitching about what fighters are saying. If you don't like it go to a real forum or don't read the fucking thread you goddamn loser.

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4/10/14 7:59 AM by Fight! UK Online

Not going to wade into this whole debate again because I have many times before, but just had to point this out. "If the fighters aren't careful it is going to turn into boxing type contracts where each fight is a stand alone contract and there will be no stability what so ever in their career. That is the last thing UFC fighters want to happen." Stability? Is that having 18 fights with a company, winning 14 and losing 3 to elite competition, then getting axed after a one-loss streak? (Fitch). Getting cut after a win streak and one points loss, because you're boss deems you 'not that guy' (despite fighting for the title) out of many more that aren't and never will be 'that guy'? (Shields) There are good arguments on both sides of the coin, but stability with the UFC I don't think is one of them.

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4/10/14 6:44 AM by ronnieg80

There definitely needs to be a smaller discrepancy in Dana's pay vs the fighters' pay. I mean, bank tellers at Bank of America make close to 17 million a year just like the CEO right?

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4/10/14 3:23 AM by rkm456

I apologize, it's become difficult to wade through this thread because people insist on quoting all 800 previous posts before typing out their insult. Long story short, yes, we appear to be in agreement. I was simply pointing out that there are a lot of cases with tradespeople who aren't being taken care of well enough today to be planning for a future. Unfortunately MMA fighters fall into this same predicament.

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4/10/14 3:16 AM by flip_guard

The problem is that, can he get more from other org? 60/60 is not a bad change but certainly, UFC can afford to pay more. If he fights and win 3 times in a year, that would be $360,000/year and maybe even some OTN bonus. How many of you guys makes over $300,000/ year. I'm guessing not many.