After serving an 18-month drug suspension, UFC welterweight fighter Nick Diaz is now back in the active fighter list. It didn’t take long either before the athlete lashed back at newly crowned welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, who dropped Diaz’s name when asked who he wanted to fight next.
“You know, I want to make some money now, to be honest…This is a sport where we can make cash now, so instead of just saying ‘this person deserves it, he worked his way up the ranks,’ I think Nick Diaz comes out of suspension in 2 days. I would love to fight him at UFC 202, I know his brother is fighting,” said Woodley, during the post-fight conference of UFC 201.
This puts Diaz ahead of Stephen Thompson, who according to ranking, should be the top contender for the welterweight belt. Woodley also named Georges St. Pierre as his second choice for his first title defense, but the former champ is still in retirement, although rumors have been sprouting that GSP is looking to return to the Octagon soon, with no less than Woodley himself.
Nonetheless, Diaz was not short on words when TMZ asked about a possible fight against Woodley, that may come sooner than we all think-at UFC 202. Should it push through, it will be billed as a co-main event along with brother, Nate Diaz’s fight against UFC featherweight champ, Conor McGregor.
“We’re going to have to see, sit down and have a look at what fans want to see,” said Nick Diaz in the TMZ interview. “I’m on top right now. I’m on top of this game. There ain’t no ‘giving’ me a shot. I’m giving somebody a shot. If anybody’s getting a shot, somebody’s getting a shot against me, because I’m the guy to beat. These guys aren’t doing any money fighting each other, and until they do some money fighting each other, I’m not interested. I’m looking for the right guy to make the right show, do the right numbers. Then we can talk.”
The Chosen One immediately fired back at Diaz in another interview saying that “he made no sense” clarifying that his comments at UFC 201 were even meant to complement the fighter.
It is probably in the best interest of everyone that the two just take it to the Octagon to make matters clearer.
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