Is Nate Diaz Being Punished by the UFC for Speaking His Mind?

Bill JacksonAnalyst IOctober 8, 2010

If there is a style in MMA that every fighter would generally prefer to avoid, it is a safety-first grappler that covers his opponent like a blanket until the judges are forced to give him a win.

When facing that kind of fighter, there is always the possibility that you will never even have an opportunity to attempt your offense, and there is an even stronger possibility that your fight will bore fans to tears; thus, no chance at a fight bonus or an expanding fan-base.

Last weekend, an interview appeared on YouTube with UFC all-action welterweight Nate Diaz, in which he stated that everyone in the UFC is on steroids and that what the promotion pays you is barely enough to live off of.

Now, the Diaz boys have their own methods of madness that seem to work for them and it has gotten them this far—believe me, I appreciate them and their honesty—but there seems to be a pretty practical rule in the working world that going around criticizing your own employer doesn't exactly get you a promotion—or have I learned nothing from Office Space?

Well, it now seems that Nate Diaz has ridden that straight-talk express right into the least attractive matchup available in the welterweight division. No, not Jon Fitch. That fight would at least have title implications.

First broken by Korean news site, Diaz will reportedly make his Octagon return against Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 125.

If you don't remember—and I don't blame you if you don't—Kim last notched the biggest win of his career by holding down TUF winner Amir Sadollah for 15 minutes en route to a unanimous decision at UFC 114.

Of course, I can't blame Kim for executing a smart game plan by not duking it out with the superior striker in Sadollah. It won him every round, and winning is the name of the game.

But, as we have seen in Diaz's fights with Joe Stevenson and Clay Guida, this is an awful style matchup for Diaz. He has a problem with guys willing to simply control him on the ground for three rounds, and Kim will most certainly plan to do that.

So, why would you waste an appearance from a fighter that has won "fight of the night" honors three separate times? Because he pissed you off.

If he is going to whine about the five bonuses that have been bestowed upon him by the UFC, why not put him in a fight with the smallest possible chance of him winning another one?

This fight is a lose-lose for Diaz: A win barely boosts him up the ladder and a loss drops him pretty far down. Also, as previously stated, there will be no extra monetary gain or jump in popularity after he struggles to get to his feet for 15 minutes against a guy very few will recognize.

So much for our hopes of a grudge match between Diaz and Karo Parisyan.

The question now is, will the UFC still be interested in him once his current contract is up? Because it does not appear they are planning for a bright Nate Diaz future.