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Nick Diaz – "I'm not fighting for less than $500,000"

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Nick Diaz says he won't change the way he fights. (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)

UFC president Dana White recently said that he offered retired former two-time welterweight title challenger Nick Diaz a fight with Hector Lombard. According to White, Diaz was interested in the bout but then never got back to him. In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Nick confirmed that story, but added some crucial details.

"All I said was, 'What am I getting paid?' And he said, 'Let me check your contract.' And the last text I got from him was what I would be fighting for. I didn't consider fighting for that kind of money. I didn't say anything back to him, right, but usually that means something. I'm not considering even for a second fighting any of those guys for less than $500,000. There's no way," Diaz explained.

Diaz last fought in March, 2013, when he unsuccessfully challenged then-champion Georges St. Pierre for his welterweight title. Diaz retired for the second time in three fights after that one, but so far, has stuck to that status, with the occassional teases.

"I'm retired. Completely retired. Unless the UFC wants to renegotiate for something I'm happy with or I'm going to be fighting for the world title, which is obviously going to be for something I'm happy with because I'll make a ton of money," Diaz went on.

The Stockton fighter says that paying him more would be a win all-around. He'd get more money, the UFC would get a draw and the fans would have their bad boy back.

"The UFC wants me to fight. The people want me to fight. I don't want me to fight. So if we're going to need me to fight, we're going to have to work out the right deal," he said.

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