Reports that Nate Diaz turned down a possible fight with undefeated Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov may not paint a complete picture of the truth, according to Diaz manager Mike Kogan.
Nurmagomedov, who’s riding an impressive win streak in the UFC and soundly defeated Pat Healy in his last outing, was rumored to be facing former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez at UFC 170, but when that match-up failed to materialize, attention was turned to the younger Diaz brother. Then Dana White took to Twitter and announced that Diaz had turned down the fight.
Kogan took issue with how that may have appeared, and spoke to FOX Sports to clear the air.
“We asked for Nate’s contract to be redone. The UFC turned it down,” Kogan said. “We asked for a change to his contract, and changes to when the fight takes place. They said no and we said no thanks.”
Kogan was none too happy that this entire situation spilled out onto Twitter, which made it seem as if Diaz was somehow ducking a fight with Nurmagomedov. Diaz’s manager explains the truth is much different than a few exchanges via social networking.
“This is supposed to be a professional sport, but then this resorts to these Twitter wars,” Kogan said. “This isn’t a street fight, it’s a professional sport. If it’s a street fight and they want to see who the better man is they know where the f**k Nate is, and then we can see who is the better man.”
To further that point, Diaz tweeted this:
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) January 12, 2014
Unfortunately, regardless of whether or not a Diaz/Nurmagomedov pairing fell through out of fear or money, the fact remains that the Russian is still without a fight. Is there no worthy opponent out there for him?
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