UFC president Dana White has offered Nate Diaz a fight at UFC 211. Unfortunately, it will not be against his rival Conor McGregor. But, there are speculations that his opponent will be the former lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez.
“We just offered Nate Diaz a fight, and we’re waiting to hear back from him, so we’ll see,” White told USA TODAY Sports. “These guys say they want a fight – I offered Nick Diaz two fights. He turned down two fights. I offered him Robbie Lawler. Robbie Lawler accepted the fight. Then I offered him Demian Maia. Nick Diaz turned down two fights. And then we just offered Nate a fight.”
Nate Diaz made himself known in the world of MMA after defeating Conor McGregor at UFC 196. The bout was originally set between “The Notorious” and former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos but the latter pulled out due to an injury. At UFC 202, McGregor successfully took his revenge against Diaz hinting the possibility of a third bout.
Nate Diaz believes UFC’s putting him “on the shelf”
UFC 202 marked the last time Diaz was last seen in action. He already stated in the past that he’s only interested in fighting McGregor. However, recently Diaz told the Los Angeles Times that the UFC’s putting him “on the shelf.” White denied the accusations and cited Diaz’s previous statements.
“Nate said the only fight he wants is Conor … I haven’t heard a word from him [since August]. Usually, when guys want a fight, they call,” White said.
The UFC scheduled a fight for Nate Diaz at UFC 211 where his possible opponent will be the former lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez. Alvarez failed to defend the title at UFC 205, resulting in McGregor becoming the first fighter to hold two belts simultaneously.
For Diaz, beating Alvarez would let him improve his ranking and be able to challenge McGregor for the title. “The Notorious” stated that the third bout with Diaz will “absolutely happen” and it’s expected to take place at 155. However, on a Twitter post, Diaz expressed his lack of interest in fighting Alvarez and could be seeking another opponent.
Diaz didn’t directly decline White’s offer and is yet to formally give a response to the UFC. Recently, Diaz told Fox Sports about his plan to leave MMA for boxing. Diaz’s future in the UFC remains uncertain but it’s clear that a fight with McGregor is the only thing that interests him now.
“I’m not doing it for a publicity stunt,” said Diaz, “I’m doing it because I love the sport of boxing. I want to win fights for real and get out of this MMA (expletive) that I ain’t even into anyway.”
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