Nick Diaz is willing to take up Tyron Woodley on his challenge to scrap at UFC 202 later this month, but it sounds like the UFC will have to put up some serious cash in order to make it happen.
After Woodley put away Robbie Lawler on Saturday to lay claim to the welterweight belt, he relayed he wants to face Diaz, August 20th, in a “money fight”. Diaz, if you haven’t heard, had his 18 month suspension for a positive test for marijuana, end today. So, the Stockton star could be cleared to fight later this month.
“If they make me an offer I can’t refuse,” Diaz said. “But I doubt that’s going to happen. I’m over here, look at me right now — I don’t need nothing. I don’t owe nobody nothing. I don’t owe anybody sh*t. I haven’t been fanatical about fighting since I was 15 or 14, since I was eight years ago.
“Once I turned pro, I was like okay, this is not fun and games now. This is me. I’m going to come and I work on karma. I’m not going to go after somebody if I don’t have a reason behind it…”
Now, there’s no question that if Woodley – Diaz was added to UFC 202, the card would move a ton of PPV buys. After all, it already is set to feature Nate Diaz – Conor McGregor II. But, chances are the UFC would want Woodley – Diaz to headline its own card. Then, there’s also the issue of whether the UFC would want to hand Diaz a title shot. While he remains one of the top fighters in the sport, Diaz has gone winless in three straight fights.
Now, Lawler – Diaz II, that’s a fight that would also be huge and makes more sense, rankings wise.