Nate Diaz was underpaid for many years but finally was paid deserved millions vs. Conor McGregor. He took a break, but with no fights since August 20, 2016, he’s feeling the itch. And he turns 33 in April so likely won’t get much faster. Diaz told Brett Okamoto for ESPN that UFC 226 on July 7 was a possibility.
“I’m getting to the point where I’m sick of not fighting,” said Diaz. “I’m not getting any younger. 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?”
“I’d like a good two or three-month camp. We’ll figure it out. There’s definitely going to be something. I’m trying to fight.”
“They called me out of nowhere [in December], when I wasn’t trying to fight nobody. They asked if I would fight Woodley and I said, “Well, I’d like a three-month camp.’
“I told them I’d fight him on shorter notice, but would send them what I wanted in the contract. It was nothing out of the norm. My boxing coach said something about $15 million in an interview, but that was never the number.
“Then I saw in the media, the UFC said they never approached me about it. I was like, ‘F*** it then. I wasn’t the one asking for the fight.’”
Diaz also commented on Conor McGregor.
“I’m sure he’s up and down,” said Diaz. “‘Do I want to be in these lights? Why am I not in these lights? I need to get in the lights. I need to get out of the lights.’ It’s a crazy roller coaster. … He’s just living his life right now and he’s got a magnifying glass on him, whatever he’s doing. I don’t give a f*** what he does.”
One person cares about Diaz is #1 welterweight contender Rafael dos Anjos.
“Tyron Wooodley man up and stop talk about fight that make no sense, everyone know that I’m the real contender,”
RDA. “You want to fight a guy that has never beat a real welterweight in his whole life. Shame on you.”
Woodley had a reply to RDA too.
“I’m not his friend, family or anything close,”
Woodley. “I’m his foe. Could give a care less about his patience. I’ll deal with him after I finish my scrap with Nate Diaz. Go fight Qweefington if you are impatient and bored.”
Woodley and Diaz will sell a lot of tickets. The real shame in MMA is how many fighters are near broke.