Nate Diaz's manager Mike Kogan talks Diaz being taken out of the UFC rankings

Nate Diaz's manager Mike Kogan stopped by Submission Radio to discuss contract negotiations with the UFC and his thoughts on Nate being removed from the UFC rankings. 
Full interview- (starting at 33 minutes)
Transcript interview highlights below:

On Nate Diaz being taken down from the UFC rankings

“I understand the whole point of inactivity, but then there has to be some kind of consistency whether a fighter doesn’t agree to a bout or a fighter is injured, either way they're inactive. So if you’re going to keep T.J Grant on there for a year and Dominick Cruz on there for two years and even Gray Maynard whom Nate beat at the same time as they fought each other, then why do you take this guy down? You  know what I mean? It just doesn’t make any sense. It makes sense to take off the inactive fighters to give way for the active fighters, but then there has to be some kind of a rule that’s been established and agreed upon and what have you by everybody.”

"If there was a rule in place then somebody should've let us all know about it right? We didn't know about until just out of the blue, because you start popping off there. Then they go 'oh, well it's for inactivity'. So, to me that just undermines the entire concept of these rankings, so really I don't care. It's whatever. You wanna take him off, take him off. That's fine, it's your rankings anyway."

"If you look at USA Today rankings, he's still ranked number nine."

"If you look at the rankings and him being number five at the time when he was taken off, and you take it for the merits of his performances and the calibre of competition that he was beating to get ranked, then being taken off or being put on doesn't change the fact that he's beaten half people on that roster."

On the latest about contract negotiations with the UFC

“We asked to sit down and have a conversation about our contract and they said no. So we said ok, then we’ll sit out and wait until you know, something changes.”

“We’re just kinda all in limbo. Hopefully we’ll sit down and have a productive conversation. So far, all of our interaction has been through media, you know we say something and then they say something and we say something. We're yet to actually have a conversation.”

“I had a brief conversation with Joe Silva and he said 'well that’s not going to happen' so I said 'ok sounds good' so we’ll just wait. Wait and see, but we don’t have a specific goal, we just want to be able to have a conversation and see what happens.”

If Nate Diaz is happy to go fight for over organisations

“Nate will be open to fighting anywhere where he’s payed the most and where his stock has the most value, but we are under contract with the UFC so it doesn’t really matter.”

On King Mo vs Rampage Jackson

“This fight is not for the belt or for the glory, this fight's for bragging rights. This fight is for who gets to tell who 'I beat your ass' on may 17th”

“A lot of times people talk crap each other but really they're just trying to hype the fight. These two guys really don’t like each other. They're both very talented, they’re both very dominant and they both have said so much about each other that it’s almost like, how do you wake up the next morning if you’ve just lost this fight and face the world, you know what I mean? What do you tell 'em? How do you bounce from it. So this is probably the most important fight in Mo’s career.”

On UFC Uniforms and how they are a "Luxury" not a "Given"

“So first of all, sponsorships in the UFC are a luxury. If you read the UFC contract or any promoters contract, sponsorships are within the discretion of the organisation and they've been letting people have sponsors so it almost became a given but it’s not a given. It’s in the contract that states that they can yank any logos they want and they can put any logos they want. So in essence, the whole uniform argument shouldn't even be an argument because contractually they already agreed to it, they just didn’t know they did.” 

"I think it'll hit hardest, the people that are on the top echelon of the UFC and they're getting big bucks from their sponsors, but then again there are such things as endorsement deals. For example, Michael Jordan used to endorse Wheaties and Hanes. Well he didn't run around in Hanes underwear on the court did he?

 “For a lot of the smaller guys that are fighting on the undercard and are getting a thousand, fifteen hundred to two thousand dollars at the most, they might actually benefit from it. They might actually make more money.”

Best regards
Denis Shkuratov
Submission Radio Australia

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