Nate Diaz has been competing in the UFC for over a decade now and has also been outspoken at times against the organization.
“Nate, I heard you made 7 or more million dollars in your last fight,” Buffer said to TMZ. “I don’t want to hear you complaining about being under promoted by the UFC. You should be thanking the UFC and bowing to Dana White every time you see him. [Endeavor co-CEOs] Ari Emanuel, Patrick Whitesell. You got 7 or more million dollars gross before taxes, maybe much more. Which I love knowing that you have, Nate. Please, I don’t want to hear any more complaints.”
Diaz is expected to return to action at UFC 230, facing Dustin Poirier in a lightweight division attraction.
A long rumored third bout between Diaz and former two division UFC champion Conor McGregor could be in the future, but Buffer wants to see how UFC 229 and UFC 230 plays out first.
“I think we all want to see it, but I don’t think we can make determinations about anything until we see what happens between Khabib and Conor,” Buffer said. “This is a big fight. I don’t think in front of my guns — I think behind my guns. We’ll see what happens and then the marketing brains of the UFC will put together what the best thing is for the fans.”
It didn't take long for Diaz to reply in typical Diaz fashion.
UFC 230 takes place on Saturday, November 3 from Madison Square Garden in new York, New York with no main event announced at this time. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.