Nate Diaz is frustrating his employer. | Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com
After more than a year hiatus, Nate Diaz will make his highly-anticipated return to the Octagon at UFC on Fox 13 on Saturday night.
But even if the Stockton, Calif., native manages to dispatch surging contender Rafael dos Anjos in the evening’s co-main event at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, he has done little in the interim to get in his employer’s good graces.
While dos Anjos, who has won seven of his last eight fights, could make a case for a 155-pound title shot with a win, his controversial opponent’s future is not so clear.
“The Nate Diaz thing is a completely different scenario," White said in an interview on Fox Sports 1. "The guy is complaining about money, but he's done tons of things to ensure that he gets fined.”
Diaz’s most recent infraction occurred at Friday’s weigh-ins, when he tipped the scales at 160.6 pounds for his lightweight clash with dos Anjos. Diaz elected not to re-weigh and was fined 20 percent of his purse.
That was far from his only misstep, however. Diaz also no-showed for a scheduled appearance at Wednesday’s UFC open workouts and delivered an epic rant about new roster addition CM Punk.
Diaz’s actions -- or lack thereof, in some cases -- have left White in a state of near exasperation.
"He is complaining about the CM Punk deal. All he's been doing is complaining, not showing up for stuff, and now he doesn't make weight and he's four pounds over," White said. "I don't know what to do with him if he wins. There's a laundry list of problems there."
Diaz last competed at “The Ultimate Fighter 18” finale on Nov. 18, 2013, when he earned a first-round technical knockout victory over Gray Maynard. The Cesar Gracie pupil is 12-7 in the Octagon since debuting with the Las Vegas-based promotion in 2007.