Nate Diaz earned $ 250,000 for his recent loss to Leon Edwards – just a fraction of his paycheck for his rematch with Conor McGregor.
Diaz is a big UFC income and a proven card draw, but his base rate to fight Edwards has reportedly been down nearly $ 1.8 million from the heights of his headliner in the ‘UFC 202.
He earned $ 2 million for his fight with McGregor ahead of his overnight performance and referral bonuses, but then took three years out of the cage due to disputes with the promotion.
When he returned against Anthony Pettis in 2019, his salary was drastically slashed by almost 90%, but he was back at half a million when he faced Jorge Masvidal a few months later at UFC 244 for the title “BMF”.
Diaz may also have earned PPV points for the event, which if he received $ 1 for each sale, his purse would increase to $ 850,000, due to the report that UFC 263 sold 600,000. purchases.
The popularity of the California native was not affected too much overnight despite his decisive five-round loss to his main contender Edwards.
He was emphatically beaten for 24 minutes of the five-round fight, but with seconds to go he rocked the Birmingham fighter and nearly finished him for a spectacular victory.
But Edwards weathered the storm to withstand a unanimous decision victory that could lead him to a welterweight title fight.
“The fight is over,” Diaz told reporters at the UFC 263 post-fight press conference. “In a real fight, in the real world, that fight is wrapping. He sleepwalks.
“At the end of the day, I feel like he won or whatever, but I still feel like I’m the best fighter no matter what.
“I feel like the peak of the fight is what matters in the fight anyway, what happened at the end.
“No hatred towards Leon, congratulations to him and why would you want to fight anyone other than the best guy if you fight at all.”
“So I wish it had gone in my direction, but it’s okay.”
Despite his loss, Diaz is still expected to return to the cage soon, and he could end up fighting McGregor in a big-ticket trilogy fight if the Irishman loses to Dustin Poirier next month.
“I want to fight in three or four months, I’m ready to go back,” Diaz continued. “Just to heal. If I was unharmed I would be back next week.
“I just wasn’t motivated to train anymore because I had already worked hard for the last fight in Texas where he was supposed to be, then I had to linger for another fucking month and that was just sucks.
“Whatever, roll with the punches, do what I had to do to get here.”