The strange tale of Nick Diaz’s fight career continues.
With Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler battling for the UFC’s vacant welterweight title, UFC 171 is set to be one of the biggest cards of 2014. It’ll undoubtedly be a huge PPV event, and many fighters would kill for the chance to be on it.
Not Nick Diaz though, according to UFC president Dana White.
White stated that he offered Diaz a spot on the card against the #1 ranked welterweight contender Carlos Condit. That’s a huge fight, especially considering Diaz is nowhere near a title shot in that division.
White offered Diaz the opportunity in person, cageside, at UFC on FOX 10. Diaz turned it down.
“He doesn’t want the fight,” White said at the post-event press. “I thought he wanted the rematch – No. 10 [Diaz] vs. No. 1 [contender Condit]. But he’s not interested. He said maybe he’d be interested in coming back in May.”
“He said, ‘I’ll fight the winner of Hendricks and Lawler.’ I said, ‘You’re ranked No. 10. It kind of doesn’t work that way.’”
Now White will go back to looking for an opponent for Condit.
“I’ve got to go back to the drawing board,” White said. “Condit accepted the fight immediately, but I didn’t get it done [with Diaz].”