Nate Diaz has repeatedly said he won’t be returning to the UFC unless it’s to complete the trilogy against Conor McGregor, as the two split a pair of hugely successful PPV fights in 2016. It’s not hard to figure out why, either, since Diaz made more for those two fights (especially the second one, at UFC 202) then he probably has in his entire MMA career.
In an interesting new twist, though, it seems like Diaz may have made some shady moves to keep more of that massive payday for himself. According to TMZ, The Ballengee Group (a talent agency that formally represented Diaz) is suing the Stockton legend for $1 million, alleging that they did all the work to set up the McGregor rematch only to be unceremoniously fired weeks before the actual event, robbing them of a hefty commission check.
The Ballengee Group filed a lawsuit in L.A. County Superior Court claiming they had worked with Nate since 2014 and hammered out deals on several big fights including Rafael Dos Anjos, Michael Johnson and the first McGregor fight at UFC 196.
But Ballengee claims things got icy between the two sides in July 2016 — right after sealing the deal for Nate to fight Conor at UFC 202 in August.
Ballengee claims Nate “unexpectedly” fired them — and never paid them their cut for the UFC 202 fight, which was reportedly the biggest UFC pay-per-view ever at the time.
Diaz made a base salary of $2 million for the rematch at UFC 202, but also received a portion of the PPV sales. Most media members expect that his final payday was worth somewhere between $5 and $8 million. If the claims made by the Ballengee Group are true, Diaz could have a massive bill coming his way.
Diaz claimed back in December that wouldn’t even answer a phone call from the UFC unless it was worth at least $20 million. Perhaps being faced with this expected legal bill will motivate Diaz to get back into the octagon sooner rather than later.