Diaz became a massive cult hero during his UFC career. His swagger and willingness to throw down made him a fan favorite. However, he had one of the sport’s biggest long-term dramas. Diaz wanted a trilogy match against Conor McGregor as well as a pay rise. He also had an interest in pursuing boxing where he could make more money.
But the UFC denied him these options. They also continued to offer fights he didn’t want and automatically extend his contract. Eventually, they booked a clash with Khamzat Chimaev as they looked to kill Diaz’s star. But Chimaev fell out of the fight after missing weight and Tony Ferguson replaced him. Diaz won the match and walked away with his head held high (via Bloody Elbow).