It appears that negotiations for the highly-anticipated rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz have stalled after an unsuccessful meeting between Diaz and UFC brass last week.
Diaz has flat out said that he wants more money to face McGregor again, after agreeing to fight McGregor at UFC 200, only for the Irishman to no-show the promo tour, forcing the UFC to scrap the fight for the time being.
The UFC and McGregor spent nearly two weeks engaging in a highly publicized spat, and it appears they finally hashed things out over dinner last week. But if you ask Diaz, the UFC has no one but themselves to blame for their disagreement with McGregor after "pushing him" to all-new heights:
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"Conor McGregor is artificial ... they pushed him and went everywhere. He didn't get to where he is by whipping all kinds of asses and (expletive)." Diaz told Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour. "I'm where I'm at because I've been in fight after fight after fight. I didn't do no media -- how many times I been on your show? You caught me slippin,' I didn't do no media. I'm where I'm at because of strictly fighting. Now, he's where he's act because the UFC kicked his ass in gear and put him on a pedestal and blew him up. How come he was such a big deal when he beat Dennis Siver? (Expletive) is Dennis Siver? Is that guy even ranked? ... I don' get no props when I fought Rory MacDonald, the No. 1 welterweight contender and he couldn't finish me. I didn't get no props when I'm fighting (then champion) Ben Henderson ... everybody. Everybody I've fought in the last few years has been ranked 5 to 10."
Diaz is referring to McGregor's title-shot clinching win over Siver in January 2015. Siver was ranked just outside the featherweight top 10 and was just McGregor's second win over a ranked opponent. The Irishman would, however, go on to starch Chad Mendes for the interim title before unifying the belt in just 13 seconds against Jose Aldo.
But Diaz is adamant McGregor was handpicked and put in prime position to be successful, and when he ended the hype, he wasn't given the same treatment:
"All my following is just from strictly ass and talkin' some real (expletive). And this (expletive) is on top of the world because the UFC wanted him and his lil' Irish fanbase and gave him some push. So they did that for him ... they wanted me to fight him at UFC 200, a couple months later, I'm like, can I sit back for a year and a half and fight Dennis Siver and be the biggest talk of the town? I don't think they wanted any of that ... All I'm saying is he's getting push. They created that monster, they did that to him."