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The Top Ten Times Dana White Buried His Own Fighters


(Warning: The Danascowl has appeared. Brace for impact. / Photo via Getty)

By Mike Fagan

They say pimping ain’t easy, and that’s probably true for promoting too. (There’s a whole host of other uncomfortable comparisons to be made between the two professions as well.) Pimping is probably a lot harder when you constantly denigrate your talent. “Yeah, Mary? She makes a weird squealing noise when you bang her. But hey, it’s your money.” Yet, that’s exactly what UFC president Dana White does. Here are the top ten instances of Dana White burying his own fighters.

Honorable Mention: Antonio Silva

The UFC buried him. Literally.

10. (Tie) Kenny Florian and Nate Marquardt

Kenny Florian and Nate Marquardt are two very different people. Where Florian is a suave, dark-haired Massachusetts lifer, Marquardt is a ginger mountain man who made sure to list himself first and foremost as a Christian on his Twitter bio. They have one thing in common though: Dana White called them both chokers.

Nate Marquardt lost a close fight to Yushin Okami at UFC 122. Okami was 9-2 in the UFC heading into the fight, and would go on to fight Anderson Silva for the title in his next appearance. That didn’t stop Dana White from calling Marquardt a choker and blasting the Greg Jackson-led corner (more on him in a bit!) for telling Marquardt he was leading on points.

As for Florian, White said he didn’t want to “take anything away from Gray Maynard” and wasn’t “bad-mouthing” or “trying to disrespect” Florian after UFC 118. But that’s exactly what he did when he said Florian “chokes in big fights” before reducing his performance to standing and staring at Maynard. Florian’s five UFC losses came to Diego Sanchez, Sean Sherk, B.J. Penn, Maynard, and Jose Aldo — all champions or title challengers. Maybe, just maybe, the overachieving Florian just wasn’t on their level?

9. Jose Aldo

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Friday Link Dump: The UFC’s Uncertain Future in China, Saluting the Gatekeepers in Every UFC Division, The Dumbest Female Celebrities + More


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Sergio Pettis vs. Matt Hobar Scheduled for UFC 181 (MMAFighting)

Daron Cruickshank Meets K.J. Noons at TUF 20 Finale in Las Vegas (MMAJunkie)

MMA Fighters Ricky Lundell and Todd Prace Recall Saving Man’s Life at Gas Station (FOX Sports)

Saluting the Gatekeeper in Every UFC Division Right Now  (BleacherReport)

5 Scary Alien Movies That Make Guys Cry (EscapistMagazine)

The Seven Most Disappointing Book-to-Film Adaptations (ScreenJunkies)

18 Hours in the Life of a Competition BBQ Champion (Men’s Health)

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A Thorough Breakdown Of ‘The Natural History of Chicken,’ Netflix’s Most Must-Watch Documentary (FilmDrunk)

Girls of Instagram: Nicole Mejia (46 Pics) (Radass)

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Nate Diaz Ends His One-Man Labor Strike, Will Face Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 13


(The homey Nate D is ready to put these ass-whoopins down to their maximum effect again. / Photo via Getty)

In the end, Nate Diaz‘s complaints about fighter pay (#funnymoney) and his demands to be let out of his contract added up to a whole lotta nothin’. The UFC confirmed yesterday that Diaz has agreed to fight fellow lightweight contender Rafael Dos Anjos in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 13: Dos Santos vs. Miocic (December 13th, Phoenix). This booking ensures that UFC on FOX 13 will do terrible ratings, since we all know that Nate Diaz is not a needle-mover.

Diaz’s attempts to renegotiate his contract broke apart on the rocky shores of Mt. Fertitta. Basically, the UFC was under no obligation to pay Nate more money than he was contracted to receive, and the promotion was content to wait until Diaz wanted to earn some money again by fighting. In the meantime, the UFC did that thing where they pretend the guy they don’t like no longer exists.

Diaz hasn’t competed since his first-round TKO of Gray Maynard at the TUF 18 Finale last November, which snapped a two-fight losing streak. Rafael Dos Anjos is coming off the biggest win of his career — a first-round knockout of Benson Henderson last month — and has won seven of his last eight fights. Your predictions, please.

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Dana White Enters the “Public Burial” Phase of His Break-Up With Nate Diaz


(“Nice win, Nate, but I’m also going to need you to come in on Sunday, mkay? Thaaanks.” Photo via Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Two months after being removed from the UFC’s rankings out of spite, Nate Diaz is still M.I.A. Well, he’s not missing in the traditional sense, as much as he’s taking an extended break from MMA competition (a “Stocktation”, if you will) until the UFC meets his likely insane salary demands. Well, not *insane* salary demands, but something much higher than his longtime promotion is willing to fork over.

But seeing as Dana White has *never* ended a relationship on good terms (“Mrs. Janice from 8th grade Chemistry is a f*cking joke!”), it means that now is about the time for him to start discrediting Diaz using as many fudged numbers and blatant lies as he can fit into a media scrum before his head starts glowing red with rage. You know, kind of like how he treats the history of mixed martial arts.

From his interview with MMAFighting published earlier today, here are just a couple of the lies White spun in an attempt to convince us that Nate Diaz was never that good anyway.

Dana White: “You realize he’s like 1-3 in his last three fights? He’s 1-3, he’s nowhere near a title fight, he’s never won a title, and he doesn’t move the needle.”

Reality: Well, one cannot be 1-3 in their past three fights, because math, but Diaz is 1-2 in his past three fights, with his sole win coming over former title challenger Gray Maynard. So, you know, a tomato can.

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Six MMA Trilogies as Pointless as Penn vs. Edgar


(Okay, but can he beat a motivated, featherweight Penn? Photo Courtesy of Getty Images.)

By Seth Falvo

We here at CagePotato.com aren’t the types to say “We told you so,” which is convenient, because we couldn’t even gather enough interest in BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar III to mock it beforehand. The fight ended predictably; Penn continued to be no match for Edgar, and “The Prodigy” hinted at yet another retirement from MMA after it was over. Given the trilogy’s one-sided nature and predictable ending, we’re tempted to call it the most pointless trilogy in our sport’s history. But doing so would do the following trilogies a grave injustice:

Bryan Robinson vs. Andrew Reinard

Third Fight: Tuesday Night Fights, 01/24/2002.
Scoreboard: Robinson, 3-0.

A quick glance at the record of every ironman in MMA will reveal multiple victories over fighters who can best be described as “victims” and “warm bodies.” Reinard is Exhibit A: You can watch his entire three-fight career in only forty-eight seconds.

[Author Note: Robinson vs. Reinard is a stand-in for every pointless trilogy that other MMA ironmen have been involved in. Coincidentally, Robinson himself accounts for
seven (?!?) of Travis Fulton's career victories.]

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Nate Diaz Removed From UFC Rankings, Pretty Much Out of Spite


(“All I’m saying is, what if Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon are homos? Kinda changes the whole dynamic and sh*t.” / Photo via Getty)

So here’s one more example of the funny things that can happen when a fight promotion organizes its own ranking system, rather than relying on an independent body. This morning, #5-ranked lightweight Nate Diaz was unceremoniously removed from the UFC Rankings page, with no explanation given — although the fact that Diaz has been publicly feuding with the UFC over money lately can’t be a coincidence.

According to UFC.com/rankings, “A fighter is only eligible to be voted on if they are in active status in the UFC.” This could help explain why TJ Grant was also suddenly bounced from the rankings page yesterday; he’s been out of commission for nearly a year due to lingering concussion symptoms, and he still hasn’t booked his return fight yet. Diaz, on the other hand, is less than six months removed from his first-round TKO of Gray Maynard at the TUF 18 Finale…

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Quote of the Day: Nate Diaz Unleashes the Mother of All Fighter Pay Rants (to Dana White’s Confusion)


(“Hold up a second, Nate. If you’re really only making that much money for this fight, I’ll gladly bow out.” Photo via Getty)

You may recall that back in February, Nate Diaz requested to be released from his UFC contract, stating via Twitter that “It’s time for me to be on my way..?” Most of us assumed that the empty threat was just that, a thinly-veiled attempt by the former title challenger and TUF winner to get some of that Gil Melendez money (see previously: “ive gotta high school reuinion i have to tend too“). In any case, we haven’t heard a word from Diaz since.

Until yesterday, however, when MMAFighting managed to get ahold of the ever-elusive Stocktonian and pressed him on his current standing with the promotion. Diaz’s response was a rant against the current state of fighter pay so vivid and thorough that we’re still not convinced it wasn’t spoken through his anger translator:

I’m ready to fight but not for some funny money that they’re trying to give me. They can let me go or they can let me fight, but let me do something. They know I need to make some money. I feel like they’re just trying to keep me on the waiting list. I don’t even want to communicate through anybody. If they want to figure out what’s going on, we should talk. No one is contacting me. I’m just doing my thing. Training every day. I’m ready to fight tomorrow.

They need to be about more money. My contract is all f*cked up. I want to be paid like these other fighters. I’m over here getting chump change. At this point, they’re paying all my partners and other people I train with are getting real money, and it’s too embarrassing for me to even fight again for the money they’re paying me. So they can either pay me or let me go. I’m with that.

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Nate Diaz Lands Gig at NASA, Requests to Be Released From UFC Contract via Twitter


(Well, at least he didn’t call anyone a fag. Via Diaz’s Twitter.)

If we know anything about the members of Team Cesar Gracie, it’s that they’re a tightly-wound, fiercely loyal bunch. So when the news broke that Gilbert Melendez and the UFC had failed to reach an agreement on his new contract, prompting “El Nino” to sorta sign with Bellator, we figured it was only a matter of time before his Cesar Gracie counterparts jumped ship as well.

Of course, being that Melendez *was* able to reach an agreement with the UFC after calling their bluff, it comes as something of a surprise that former lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz is now asking to be released from his contract. But that’s what happened yesterday, unless Diaz’s Twitter was somehow hacked. Diaz sent out the above tweet last night, stating “It’s time for me to be on my way…?” This of course, can only mean one of four things:

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Wait Until You Hear What Nate Diaz Said About Dana White [UPDATED]


(Does this look like the face of guy who would duck a fight? / Photo via Getty.)

Remember when the UFC showed they could still book great matches when they paired off Khabib Nurmagomedov and Gilbert Melendez? And remember how they canceled that fight for no reason?

The UFC apparently had other plans for Nurmagomedov—the kind that involved a fight against Nate Diaz. According to Dana White, Diaz wanted none of it.

Needless to say, Diaz wasn’t happy with White’s words. He rushed to twitter to protect his Stockton street-cred.

 

We all probably think our bosses are full of shit to some extent, but saying it in public isn’t the smartest idea.

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[VIDEO] This is What a Diaz Family Reunion Looks Like

We won’t waste much of your time with another behind-the-scenes look into the life of Nick Diaz, but there is something fascinating — sublime, really — about these videos that we here at CagePotato simply cannot look away from. The latest entry (and by “latest,” we mean uploaded in 2009) in the Diaz saga, entitled “family vids 1,” eclipses even “You can get organic food with welfare“ on our list of all-time favorite Diaz moments captured on film, so we simply had to pass it along in lieu of any news worth writing about. You know, for science.

Despite being less than a minute in length, “family vids 1″ tells us more about the Diaz family than a million hostile interviews ever could. Revelations include:

-The Diaz family is not the real-life cast of The Wire, as previously understood
-Even when surrounded by family, Nick Diaz is paralyzed by social anxiety
-The Diaz’s have a harder time figuring out cameras than they do blenders.
-Nate Diaz *loves* posing for photos.

That last epiphany is easily the most shocking, especially to someone who once asked Nate for a photo at an MMA convention and was told to “take a short walk off a tall building.” Clearly Diaz doesn’t understand physics, because that…would’ve…killed…me…

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