Speaking on the latest episode of The Ringer MMA Show on Spotify, Helwani revealed the reason behind why the bout is taking too much time to get it finalized.
Well, according to MMA reporter Ariel Helwani, the problem is once more Nate Diaz’s contract, and the UFC wants to extend Nate’s contract until he fights Conor McGregor for the third time.
“Nate obviously wants the fight; Nate wants to fight. Dustin wants the fight. The UFC actually wants the fight,” Helwani said. “But they want it with a caveat: they want to extend [Diaz’s] contract. And that’s going to be the push and pull in this whole scenario, right?”Said by Ariel Helwani
So this is the reasonably basic act of negotiating a Diaz vs. Poirier bout. UFC wants to add another fight to Diaz’s contract, obviously to make a trilogy bout with Conor McGregor.
“It’s ‘All right; you want this fight? Sign for more fights,’ right? ‘All right, you want this fight? Well, we need you for one more.” Said by Helwani, “And the option that was thrown out was ‘All right, you want this fight, you have to add one more,’ and that would be the Conor fight, which is not a bad deal. But then they have to make sure that the numbers line up.”
We can see Nate would be willing to linger for a 3rd McGregor fight … for the best price. The lack of an offer to make that take place tells you where things rest, especially with Jake Paul waiting outside the UFC, happy to spray Diaz with cash.
Nate Diaz is undoubtedly the guy who is hard to deal with. We think Diaz would only accept the contract if the money and contract were right.
Nate Diaz was last fought at UFC 263 against top contender Leon Edwards. Where he almost knocked out Leon in the last seconds of their fight. Would be certainly looking to pull an victory in his next bout.
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