‘You Should’ve Listened to Your Daddy’- Nate Diaz Responds to Francis Ngannou’s Recent Comments on UFC Pay

Published 06/08/2021, 11:21 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 07: Nate Diaz speaks to the media during the UFC 202 – Press Conference at TMobile Arena on July 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC welterweight Nate Diaz spoke to Kevin Iole out of Yahoo Sports ahead of his UFC 263 contest against Leon Edwards. He was asked to weigh in on the recent uproar that the Paul Brothers have caused in Boxing. Logan Paul boxed Floyd Mayweather on Sunday and Francis Ngannou chimed in on Logan Paul’s purse.

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It’s safe to say that much like Ngannou, several other UFC fighters want to know why they aren’t seeing the big bucks.

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Iole asked Nate Diaz what he thought of Francis Ngannou’s tweet and the Stockton native shared his candid views. Diaz criticized the entire UFC roster for not jumping on the money negotiation train sooner, as he did.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Nate Diaz stands in his corner prior to his welterweight bout for the BMF title against Jorge Masvidal during the UFC 244 event at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“What is he doing wrong? What is Francis Ngannou doing wrong? I’ve been doing more right than all these motherfu**ers for years and years. They should have been spitting all that ‘I need money sh*t’ a long time ago like I was. I was never no champion. I was saying ‘Fu** you, drop me, let me get some fu*king money cracking. And what happened? My stock just raised anyway, and nobody was jumping on it.”

“Now, they’re like ‘What are we doing wrong?. I’m like, ‘You should’ve listened to your daddy years ago motherfu**ers’, all of you, the whole roster. Everybody is rookie though, so it’s like that’s [why] you guys problem, you gotta get the bag because of how bad you’ve been slacking and what you should be doing.”

UFC x contract disputes: A growing concern

Francis Ngannou isn’t the only fighter on the UFC roster who has begun asking questions about the pay disparity between boxing and MMA. In fact, several fighters have taken a stand and have decided to sit out until they get a better deal. Consensus GOAT Jon Jones is arguably the most prolific fighter who sat out for a large part of 2020.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Jon Jones waits in his corner prior to his UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 239 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

What’s more, former title challenger Paulo Costa took to Twitter recently and voiced concerns about his position. The Brazilian heavy hitter isn’t happy with his current contract and believes he deserves a better spot as a headlining feature.

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It’s clear that the UFC has a problem on their hands and Dana White has already gone about shutting down Costa’s demands. It remains to be seen how the organization will attempt to smooth things over with its high-profile fighters.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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