Neither man has been shy to publicly speak about the other, with both airing their grievances while Diaz has been on the inactive list since his blockbuster rematch with Conor McGregor at UFC 202 back in August 2016. According to White, it’s Diaz who has chosen not to return to action, while Diaz has mentioned numerous incidents of disrespect on the part of his employers that have left him in no hurry to rush back to the Octagon.
“Dealing with Nate, personally, is great,” White said. “I say this all the time, Nate is like this guy, what people love about him is like, he’s saying F U to the man all the time. But he never really says F U to the man, he never really does. When you meet Nate, Nate’s a great guy, I’ve always had a great relationship with the kid.
“Business-WISe, he’s an absolute nightmare.”
White was asked to elaborate and he specifically pointed out that Diaz claiming that the UFC hasn’t been offering him fights is false.
“I saw an interview with him that he did with ESPN the other day where he’s saying he’s never turned down a fight,” White said. “Let me just explain something to you and the fans. By contract, I owe every fighter on my roster three fights a year. If I do not get them a fight—three fights in a one-year period—I have to pay them. I’ve never paid Nate Diaz to not fight. It’s never happened. There’s the facts, right?
“So when he says he doesn’t turn down fights, of course you turn down fights. Or I’d be paying you a ton of money every year to not fight.”
“I don’t know what to say,” White said. “I didn’t expect to ever see that in this sport or any sport, but you can always expect the unexpected with the Diaz brothers.”