After the huge financial success of the Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor fight, the windfall from that bout was sure to hit the boxing and MMA scene. Well, news has already surfaced that one potential next opponent for McGregor, Nate Diaz, is looking to cash in big time.
Diaz understands that he's in line as one of McGregor's next big contests, and if he's going to be used by the UFC as a way to get McGregor and fans back to the promotion, he's going to be rewarded handsomely. His ask is somewhere in the neighbourhood of $20-$30 million for the one fight.
Richard Perez (Diaz's boxing coach) appeared on the MMA podcast Submission Radio (h/t TMZ Sports) and suggested Diaz plans to cash in on the draw he provides going up against the lightweight champion of the UFC. Diaz will be seeking a much bigger cut in order to lace up against The Notorious for the third time. When asked how much, Perez responded, "At least $20 million, $30 million. Come on. UFC’s making a whole lot of money."
He went on to further add, "They’re giving more to McGregor, so it’s not fair because it takes two in that ring to draw a crowd." And, he's right.
Nate Diaz is the fight world's consensus choices to be McGregor's next opponent. It's a fight people will pay to see and the UFC stands to make a tidy profit from having these fighters square off in a rubber match. Fans also want to watch whatever McGregor does next. He's yet to defend his lightweight title in the UFC, and if Diaz wants to clash with McGregor, he'll have to hit the 155-pound mark as a lightweight.
Perez clearly understands the market for his fighter. He also understands this may be one of the last and best opportunities to Diaz to set himself up for life. Diaz's MMA absence since losing to McGregor in August 2016 may suggest he's holding out for the payday chance of his career. If this fight goes through, he'll have gotten what he wanted.