Diaz Looking to Fight Tyron Woodley
We haven’t seen Nate Diaz fight since his his majority decision loss at UFC 202 in August 2016 against Conor McGregor. Diaz has stated in the past he wanted to sit out and wait for a rubber match with McGregor.
But McGregor didn’t fight in the UFC in 2017, instead, he went to the boxing ring where he fought Floyd Mayweather. McGregor (21-3) has yet to get a fight lined up and it appears Diaz is sick of waiting.
Diaz (19-11) told ESPN he was okay sitting out 2017, but he is “ready to rock and roll” in 2018. Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has called our both Diaz and his brother Nick and it seems the younger Diaz is now open to the fight.
“I’m getting to the point where I’m sick of not fighting. I’m not getting any younger,” Diaz told ESPN. “I put that tweet out saying I wanted to fight in May or June, but I didn’t say who because I was weighing my options. And now, Woodley is my best option.”
“I see him on TMZ every week, talking about me. I’m like, ‘What the f***? If that’s what you want to do.’ It’s not really my weight class, but I’m with it. I think it’s my title we’re fighting for. If he’s the one calling me out, whose title are we fighting for? Who’s the real champion here?”
Diaz suggested UFC 226 on July 7 in Las Vegas as a possible fight card for him. The lone fight announced on that card is heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic fighting light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
Woodley (18-3-1) stated if he had to bet, he would think the fight with Diaz is his next one. He posted a video on Twitter about it on his page.
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) February 7, 2018
But Dana White went on UFC Tonight on Wednesday night and dismissed those rumors saying “it’s absolutely not true” in regards to a Woodley-Diaz fights. White said former lightweight champion Rafel dos Anjos would most likely be next to challenge Woodley for the belt. Dos Anjos tweeted at Woodley after White’s interview and Woodley responded.
— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) February 8, 2018
The Diaz fight doesn’t make much sense because Diaz mainly fights at lightweight, but in today’s UFC, the fights that make the most sense doesn’t always happen.