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UFC President Dana White and recently released star Nate Diaz seemed to put all the tension behind them, according to recent behind-the-scenes footage.
Diaz defeated Tony Ferguson via fourth-round submission at UFC 279 just a few weeks ago. The bout was the last of Diaz’s UFC contract as he intends to pursue other projects in the fight game, including a potential boxing bout against Jake Paul.
Diaz was expected to face Khamzat Chimaev in the main event of UFC 279 before Chimaev’s weight loss resulted in three bouts on the main card. The UFC then paired him against Ferguson in a welterweight matchup that arguably could have happened years ago during their respective lightweight stints.
Diaz and the UFC have been on shaky terms for the past few years. From contract denials to release calls on social media, Diaz has had a complicated relationship with the UFC chief.
Despite their checkered past, things seemed to remain amicable between White and his longtime star Diaz immediately after earning the submission victory in his farewell bout.
Dana White and Nate Diaz keep things civil despite Diaz leaving UFC
You can watch the locker room encounter between White and Diaz in the video below posted on Diaz’s YouTube channel, from 20 minutes.
The conversation between White and Diaz was brief, though positive. White wished Diaz well, and Diaz even suggested the two hang out.
Diaz isn’t ruling out a potential return to the Octagon in the future, but hinted at a well-deserved break from contractual obligations of being a UFC fighter.
White also said in the chat that if Diaz “needed anything, this is your fucking home,” implying a desire to eventually bring the Stockton star back to the Octagon.
Diaz’s rise to stardom was due in part to his anti-establishment attitude toward UFC brass, including White. Despite this attitude, Diaz and White seem to be on a similar page as Diaz steps away from his longtime MMA home.
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