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’40 Mill Is Too Low’ Nate Diaz Hints Dana White Not to Offer Prelim Figure for UFC 262

Mixed martial artist Nate Diaz poses on the scale during his weigh-in for UFC 202 at MGM Grand Conference Center on August 19, 2016

Nate Diaz will make his long-awaited return at the UFC 262 against Leon Edwards. Although it is not a title fight, they will battle for five rounds. However, Diaz is not happy with the purse, as he was expecting more.

Diaz is returning to the octagon after his last loss against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 on November 2, 2019. This comeback fight will be an excellent opportunity for ‘The Stockton Slugger’ to re-enter the top of the welterweight division.

The Diaz vs Edwards fight is going to be the first non-title fight that has ever been scheduled for five rounds outside of the main event. Although, UFC offered $40 million for this fight to the 35-year-old, while he was expecting more. “40 mill is too low,” Diaz wrote in a Twitter post.

Further, Diaz’s translator explained the situation and wrote, “When I fight, I am getting paid.” Nate is a professional MMA player, so; he sees the business first, and he wanted more money in the fight.

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Why did UFC set a five-round bout for a co-main event?

Nate is a trump card for UFC as he held the record for the highest UFC PPV buy rate for UFC 202 until UFC 229’s buy rate broke it. Further, Diaz’s last fight against Masvidal was a massive hit too. Considering, he is coming back after 18 months, it is assumable that the fans will want to look at an extended version of the fight.

Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor of Ireland embrace after finishing five rounds in their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event

Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor of Ireland embrace after finishing five rounds in their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event

In his last five fights, Diaz has 3-2 wins over Michael Johnson, Anthony Pettis, and Conor McGregor while he had lost against Masvidal and Conor McGregor. All of these five fights surged UFC’s PPV sales. Hence it is expected that Nate’s comeback fight will be a blockbuster too.

On the other hand, Edwards has nine winning streaks, and his fan base is also waiting for a proper fight. His last bout ended as no contest as he hit Belal Muhammad with an accidental eye poke in the second round.

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