Nick Diaz Reportedly Received $300,000 Bonus For Not Missing UFC 143 Press Conferences

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FastKnockout
5/30/12 5:33:07PM
Some interesting details are emerging about Nick Diaz's punishment from the NSAC. There was talk of him losing part of a "bonus" as punishment for failing his drug test after UFC 143 for the presence of marijuana metabolites and the NSAC is now saying that the bonus in question wasn't a part of his "Fight of the Night" bonus for the fight but something else entirely.

Brett Okamoto of ESPN Tweets:

Most likely, Nick will be fined 30 percent of $200k and $65k *bonus* ... the order for that should come down within next two weeks.

The $65k bonus was not a fight night bonus. It was part of a $300k bonus Diaz received from the UFC for not missing 143 press conferences

According to Kizer, he was told Diaz lost PPV incentives after noshowing St. Pierre pc. The $300k bonus made up for those losses at 143.

It's very interesting that the UFC wanted to "make it up to him" for losing out on the Georges St. Pierre fight, which was his fault to begin with.

Dana White declined to comment on the situation to ESPN.

Update: Okamoto just explained a bit more:

The $300k bonus was supposedly made out for more than just attending press conferences, but that was the main crux acc. to Kizer.

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Poor_Franklin
5/30/12 5:57:48PM
wonder if this will make other fighters want to renegotiate their contracts & their media obligations after hearing about this
KungFuMaster
5/30/12 6:30:54PM
I wonder what kind of money Diaz would have received if he showed up early???
grappler0000
5/30/12 6:34:08PM

Posted by Poor_Franklin

wonder if this will make other fighters want to renegotiate their contracts & their media obligations after hearing about this



It's probably just semantics. I'm sure the UFC viewed it as holdin' back 300k until Diaz showed up.
Twenty20Dollars
5/30/12 6:35:14PM
prophecy033
5/30/12 7:57:00PM
WTF!?!? How retarded is that logic....reward the guy that never does what he says he'll do
lll-lll
5/30/12 9:17:41PM
I hate Diaz as much if not more than anyone here, but I do not hold this against him. He got sanctioned fro not showing up properly. He showed up at the next PCs as promised and he got his money. No harm, no foul IMO. He got his money he lost, and the UFC gave him incentive to show up, which was clearly important to them. Typically MMA "diehards" are all over the UFC for pay, when they help a guy out like this they get bashed for that too. Either you want to see the guys get paid or you do not. Make up your minds!

As for the people who say that it will become part of contracts, looks like it already is, not as a reward, but a punishment for not showing. The UFC just gave him a second chance, and I see no reason to think they wouldn't do the same for anyone else.
george112
5/30/12 9:21:28PM
That's the most stupid bonus I've ever heard of.


Yay let's play favorites.

When in reality smaller name fighters are glad just to go to press conferences and this dude gets 300k???


Dana has been getting on my nerves as of late for some reason
bjj1605
5/30/12 10:01:31PM
I don't get what everyone's so mad about.

It seems right that one fighter should get paid for doing something all the other fighters do for free.
Chael_Sonnen
5/30/12 10:02:42PM
$300,000 can buy a lot of green bud

What!!!!!!!!!!
KingCmb
5/30/12 11:45:17PM
forget anderson silva money fighters should want diaz cash he gets paid for things they do for nothing
Kpro
5/31/12 2:13:44AM
It's only news because it went through NSAC's "court". There'd be hundreds of articles similar to this questioning a bonus to a certain fighter if the UFC opened their books to the public. That's why they don't.
Boo_Radley21
5/31/12 12:44:50PM
I hope Diaz comes back to fight GSP so he can get embarassed. Then I hope we never see or hear from him again.
mattjonesy
5/31/12 5:22:48PM
Nick Diaz is secretly a genius Businessman