This past Saturday at UFC on Fox 13, Nate Diaz made his return to the Octagon after over a year on the sidelines due to a dispute with UFC management. Welcoming Diaz back to competition was a fierce and hungry Rafael dos Anjos. Dos Anjos completely and utterly destroyed Diaz from start to finish in route to an emphatic unanimous decision victory.

It’s not the loss that has Diaz in hot water with the UFC though, it’s his attitude and his actions. Heading into UFC on Fox 13, Diaz failed to attend an open workout for fans and media members. Then during a pre fight interview Diaz just stood up and left. To top it all off at weigh ins Diaz missed weight by nearly five pounds.

Diaz is still an elite fighter and he has a pretty good following, but his attitude and professionalism are questionable at best. Whether Diaz is just trying to test boundaries or send a message to the UFC, it’s a moot point and it needs to be dealt with.

If fighters are unhappy with their situation within the UFC, that’s understandable, but there is a right way and a wrong way to deal with it. Acting like a petulant child is not the ideal take. Diaz is a professional fighter and he did one of the most unprofessional things a fighter can do…he missed weight badly.

Because of his actions, Diaz has put himself into a difficult situation as the UFC could very well give him his pink slip. Even worse, his actions will give other promoters pause before signing him, if in fact the UFC sends him on his way.

While Bellator and World Series of Fighting will look to snatch Diaz up in a heartbeat, his recent actions and childishness will affect the kind of contract he gets. No promoter in their right mind would give big money to a fighter with Diaz’s track record.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.