Diaz was on hand at this past weekend’s UFC 209 card, and as he was leaving the event, TMZ Sports caught up with him. After the outspoken fighter trashed the card’s headliner between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson, Diaz reported the following (quote via Bloody Elbow):
“So, I talked to Michael Bisping already, in New York, about doing this fight,” Diaz said. “There’s more money for him if he takes a fight with me. Because we’re talking about a catchweight fight, he’s talking about it as if it’s going to be hard to make the weight. I’m going, ‘Come on, it’d be a non-title fight.’ So, after I whoop his ass, he still keeps his belt. So that’s more money, and then you go fight GSP. Same with Georges. I’m just doing more numbers than he is, so you’re going to make more money if you’re fighting me. It makes sense because they haven’t fought before; that’s the only thing that makes sense.”
Now, that’s a fight a ton of people would love to see, but the chances of it happening in the coming months are very slim. One, Dana White has said he wants to book the Bisping – GSP bout for International Fight Week in early July. So, while yes, that would give Bisping enough time for both fights, the middleweight champ would need to come through the Diaz fight unscathed. The UFC could push Bisping – GSP back, sure, but they’ve already committed to the bout and have begun press for it.
Two, if Bisping fought Diaz and lost, that would take a lot of buzz out of his scrap with GSP, even if he remained the 185 champ.
But, it’s nice to hear that Diaz is looking to get back in the Octagon. The renowned fighter hasn’t fought now since January, 2015, when faced Anderson Silva. So, hopefully something gets booked in the not too distant future.