UFC stars Nate Diaz and Leslie Smith being sued by management group

According to a report from TMZ, the Ballengee Group filed a lawsuit against Diaz in Los Angeles County Superior Court for firing the agency just a month before UFC 202.

The brothers "represented and assured" Ballengee that in exchange for representing the younger Diaz, he would pay the firm "on the same terms and as set forth in" the elder Diaz, "and that The Ballengee Group would, if such terms were agreeable to it, represent Nate on all future bouts and business matters".

The lawsuit claims that Diaz's former agents helped negotiate his last few fights, including his rematch with McGregor, which ended up as one of the biggest pay-per-views in UFC history.

Nate Diaz hasn't fought inside the Octagon for almost a year, but it appears he may soon be fighting inside a court room.

Nate Diaz is the defendant in a lawsuit in which the plaintiffs are seeking more than $1 million in damages, alleging that the fighter breached contracts agreed upon regarding Diaz's two fights against Conor McGregor. Those fights included Rafael dos Anjos, Michael Johnson, and the first McGregor fight at UFC 196. "He left them at the altar".

When reached by ESPN, Diaz's publicist Zach Rosenfield said, "We have no comment at this time".

"They conspired to get Leslie Smith to also fire Ballengee and to not pay Ballengee", Friedman told MMAFighting.com. Smith also chose to terminate her deal in 2016.

Diaz hasn't fought since his loss by majority decision to McGregor last August, and he has a career record of 20 wins and 11 defeats.

The firm subsequently negotiated with the UFC on the younger Diaz's behalf for several bouts, including his blockbuster against Conor McGregor at UFC 196, an ill-fated rematch planned for UFC 200 and a follow-up at UFC 202. "Awad, as the mastermind of the conspiracy, he and Nate left, then talked Smith into doing the same thing".

  • Julie Sanders