Dana White: Manager turned down fight; Nick Diaz: I don’t have a manager
At the UFN 32 post-fight media scrum in Goiania, Brazil on Saturday, UFC president Dana White was asked about the possible return of Nick Diaz. White said he had contacted with the Diaz camp with an offer, and Stockton fighter remained retired.
“I offered Nick Diaz a fight last week and his manager called me back saying he’s retired,” said White.
However, in an interview on sponsorships with Fighters Only’s John Joe O’Regan Saturday night, Diaz said “I don’t have a manager right now so…”
O’Regan contacted Diaz to confirm that he did indeed not have a manager.
“I don’t have a manager,” said Diaz definitively. “I haven’t had a manager since my last fight. They should know that.
Diaz later expaned on the remarks. The statements come after Diaz apparently released long time trainer/manager Cesar Gracie as his manager, but apparently Gracie still plays a role as trainer.
“I’ve not had a manager since my last fight” Diaz told Fighters Only. “I would like people to know that I was never offered any fight. I haven’t had a manager, I told Dana that I didn’t want anyone representing me after what happened with my last training camp.”
“I didn’t get a good camp in at all. I was doing it all by myself really, with a few of my old training partners like Gil Castillo, Val Ignatov my Sambo coach, plus a few of my students and my brother. A lot of money was supposed to be spent on that camp but it didn’t happen.”
“Then when the same thing happened with my brother, that’s when I threw the towel in with Cesar as far as management is concerned. Its one thing it happening to me but when it happened to my brother I take it more personal. So that’s really why I haven’t had a plan for a new fight.”
“Cesar used to set up really good training but lately he pretty much stopped teaching and training, he has brought in new guys from Brazil to do the training and that has changed things at the gym.”
“I will always be a Cesar Gracie black belt and a Gracie fighter, that will never change. Things started with Cesar, and I am with the same team and the same people. But I do need something new.”
“With Cesar I think we felt like we had a good head coach but now I think really we just had a good jiu jitsu coach, maybe the best jiu jitsu coach in the world. I give him credit for that and for putting me in fights when I was 17. I think he knew I would be a gold mine, I am glad he took an interest.”
“Things change, people change. I don’t have anything against Cesar but I see the big picture now. Right now what I need is a good fight and a good camp.”