Dana White baffled by Nate Diaz's push for 165-pound title fight at UFC 230: 'It's nutty as hell'
Dana White has observed the hoopla Nate Diaz has been causing on social media lately, and the UFC president seems to be just as confused as everyone else following along.
“It’s nutty as hell,” White told TMZ.
A whirlwind week of Twitter activity between Diaz and Dustin Poirier kicked off Tuesday, with Poirier (24-5 MMA, 16-4 UFC) issuing a tweet that called for White to promote their UFC 230 bout to headliner status as the first 165-pound title fight in UFC history. Hours later, Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) took Poirier’s message to a new level, “happy to announce” that it was a done deal.
It’s been chaos ever since, and White doesn’t seem to know what to think of Diaz’s actions, even dating back to the August press conference in Los Angeles, where he stormed off stage and complained about not being promoted properly by the UFC.
“(Diaz) signed a deal to fight at 155 pounds against Poirier,” White said. “And, you know, from the minute the deal was signed, and he went out on stage, it’s completely weird. That’s what it is.”
With all the chaos and uncertainty surrounding UFC 230 – which still lacks an official main event just five weeks out – and Diaz’s antics, the question on everyone’s mind is whether or not Diaz will even compete Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden.
Not even White could answer with certainty.
“I think he has to,” White said. “The guy signed a deal. Tickets went on sale. All the stuff is in motion. You can’t just sign a deal and then, you know, do the things that he’s doing right now and not fight. …
“If you look at what he’s doing, I swear to God, I just had..
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