There has been a lot of criticism towards Dana White for booking Nate Diaz against Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279 because it’s his last fight on his current UFC deal.
The UFC President has never been shy to defend his business decisions and did just that regarding this topic.
Dana White fires back at critics for booking Nate Diaz against Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279
“I care about Nate a lot,” White said in his post-fight press conference after Tuesday’s Contender Series event. “I like Nate, and Nate came in here, long before that fight was ever made, and we were talking about it being his last fight, and I said, ‘Listen, kid. You think about the wars that Nate Diaz has put on and the incredible fights and the big fights that he’s done with us, go do whatever you want to do, man.’
“But getting a fight done with him isn’t as easy as seems. Everybody’s like, ‘Well, why don’t you make a fight?’ Well, he asked for Francis Ngannou. I could go on forever, but I won’t. We got it done. That’s the fight he wanted.”
White also explained that a fight with Conor McGregor for Diaz isn’t available because McGregor is still recovering from injury:
“Conor’s not ready yet,” White said. “Conor’s leg isn’t healed yet. Nate could obviously sit around and wait for that, but he doesn’t want it. I don’t know what he’s got planned or what he’s thinking, but right here, right now, he’s ready to fight. He wants to go, and we’re going.
“That’s one of those fights you can do any time, but no, it never worked out that way. Listen, if you get two guys like Conor and Nate, who want to fight each other bad enough, it ends up happening.”
White said he won’t be upset if the trilogy doesn’t happen.
“No, it’s not like, ‘Oh God, I never got the chance to make No. 3,” he said. “The first two were awesome. That first round with Conor and Nate in the first fight was insane. Conor was landing these crazy bombs, then Diaz comes out in that second round. It was madness, and then the second fight was awesome. If it happens, it happens, but we got enough out of the first two.”
White also pointed out how the UFC 279 fight is something fans want to see:
“We made it, and here we are,” he said. “And it’s a good fight. It’s a fight people want to see. It’s a fight that people will be interested in, so we’re going to do it.”
Transcription courtesy of MMA Fighting