Nate Diaz showed up all of his critics at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale when he absolutely dominated Gray Maynard by finishing him in the first round via technical knockout. It was a big win for Diaz. He was coming off a two-fight losing streak to Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson, so he needed a victory badly.
Although Diaz won big in the fight though, he didn’t win so big in his purse.
When the post-fight paychecks were revealed, Diaz’s base salary looked pathetic. Even though he made $80,000 that night, his base salary was only $15,000. The rest of his earnings were aggregated through bonuses. In contrast to his opponent, Maynard’s base salary was much more respectable. At $45,000, he tripled his opponent’s base pay.
What’s even more confusing as to why Diaz’s salary was so low is that he’s fought more fights in the UFC than Maynard has. Maynard and Diaz both started their UFC careers at the same time in 2007. Since then, Maynard has fought fourteen times; Diaz has fought nineteen times. So what could possibly be the reason Maynard is getting a higher salary than his fellow employee?
Cage Potato recently asked Diaz’s manager, Mike Kogan, what the deal was with his client’s terrible paycheck. Kogan replied:
Cause I suck as a manager lol
Regardless of whether that is true or not, it’s not good for Kogan or Diaz.