Move over, NBA. It looks like nobody knows drama better than the UFC. As we now know, Conor McGregor will face Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on October 6 for the lightweight title. Earlier on Friday, though, an announcement would be made signaling the return of Nate Diaz. On November 3 at UFC 230, he and Dustin Poirier (24-5-1) were set to square off.
But on the heels of the UFC’s latest announcement, both fighters aren’t happy. Soon after plans for UFC 229 would surface, Diaz took to Twitter. And as we know, he’s always happy to speak his mind.
“I’m not fighting on that show fuk the UFC.”
Can you blame Diaz? I mean really, can you blame him? For crying out loud, they use footage of McGregor attacking the bus full of fighters at UFC 223 media day as part of the Khabib/McGregor hype package. But the reaction wouldn’t stop with Diaz. Poirier took to Twitter to express his frustration as well.
“I ain’t fighting on that show either F the ufc.”
If nothing else, the Khabib/McGregor announcement certainly undercuts Diaz and Poirier. Or upstages them, whichever term you’d like to use. But for anyone who has followed the UFC at all over the past decade, this is par for the course. They feed off the drama. Dana White needs characters who happen to be good at fighting, not fighters who just go about their business. And Diaz IS even one of those characters. He just doesn’t care for stuff like this, and he’s been vocal about that in the past.
If anything, Diaz should be facing off against McGregor for a third time before ‘The Notorious’ ever sniffs a title shot again. But that’s not how the UFC works. It hasn’t worked that way for a very long time.