Nate Diaz has his sights on an opponent for UFC return

Tyron Woodley Says He's In Discussions For Nate Diaz Fight, Diaz Calls Woodley Fight the Best Option

Tyron Woodley Says He's In Discussions For Nate Diaz Fight, Diaz Calls Woodley Fight the Best Option

The Stockton, California, native told ESPN he's "sick of not fighting" and is looking to return by summer.

He hasn't exactly made a strong case for a shot at the UFC welterweight title, but, of course, that's not what Woodley and Diaz are angling for, especially considering they'd like to the see the fight take place on the promotion's biggest event of the year, UFC 226, which caps off International Fight Week in July. Aside from winning one of the two bouts with McGregor, Diaz last fought as a welterweight in 2011, losing back-to-back bouts to Dong Hyun Kim and Rory MacDonald that year at 170 pounds.

Those are the matchups I would make if I were the matchmakers, since they're all great fights and keep the integrity of the sport alive. [Tyron Woodley] couldn't be more wrong. He couldn't be more full of s--. Our lawyer actually hit his manager up today and said he needs to stop saying these things. The idea was first brought up in November, when the UFC was in search of a main event for UFC 219.

The Conor McGregor-shaped carrot does not appear to be fuelling Nate Diaz's planned Octagon return.

"I wouldn't bet a nickel on it, let alone his house...it's not true", White told UFC Tonight on FOX Sports 2. "It's not true", White said.

Tyron Woodley Says He's In Discussions For Nate Diaz Fight, Diaz Calls Woodley Fight the Best Option

"Dos Anjos is the fight we're looking at for Woodley", White said. "He's turned down every fight we've offered him". "That's the fair fight". He just won a great fight against [Robbie] Lawler. White also said in the appearance that they think Rafael dos Anjos should fight Woodley next.

Clearly, Woodley thinks Diaz is going to draw more than his other possible opponents and has been trying hard to get the UFC to bite on booking the fight. Well, Woodley clearly isn't about to take the comments lying down.

There has been much interpretation of Diaz's comments in the previous year that the only bout he is interested in is Conor McGregor.

Dos Anjos is on a three-fight winning streak since moving up to welterweight, most recently winning a unanimous decision over ex-champ Lawler in December at UFC on FOX 26.

Not much needs to be said about the pair's rivalry but when you consider exactly how unbelievable the last two meetings between these two were, booking this fight is something that would instantly summon up a craze perhaps unlike anything we have ever seen. Who wants to pay for Woodley to fight again?


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