“They should have offered him a million like they did [Dos Anjos]. They should have given him a million because it was two weeks’ notice. But they didn’t do it. They thought he was gonna lose, and so they offered him [$500k] and the pay-per-view – which okay, he said he’s going to take it. I said, ‘okay,’ you know, but I said ‘man, they should give you a million.’ He said, ‘I know, but they didn’t give it to me.’ But they should have, because it was two weeks’ notice. But that’s the way they play. You know, that’s the name of the game. I guess that’s what they’re doing. And then, now Nate’s gonna shut the media up by dominating and now it’s his turn. Now it’s Nathan’s turn. So let’s treat Nathan better than they did McGregor. Don’t you think?”
-Nate Diaz’s boxing coach Richard Perez talks to Submission Radio, arguing that Diaz should have gotten even more money than he received for the fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 196.
Penick’s Analysis: $500K with pay-per-view points off the biggest money pay-per-view in UFC history (less buys than UFC 100, but more money per buy) is certainly not a bad payday, but Diaz deserved every penny he could get from them after all that went down. If they want to push 170 lbs. for the rematch, he should ask for that extra guaranteed bump. He’s earned whatever he can squeeze out of them by taking full advantage of that opportunity and by pulling off that win.
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