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Dana White on Nick Diaz: ‘You Can’t Force a Guy to Fight’

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It doesn’t seem like Nick Diaz is coming out of retirement anytime soon.

UFC president Dana White recently handed him a golden opportunity: a bout with the #2 ranked welterweight Carlos Condit. Diaz inexplicably turned it down, asking for an immediate title shot despite losing his past two.

White described the incident at the UFC on FOX 9 post-event media scrum:

“I said, ‘What do you think about this fight?’ He goes, ‘I don’t like it.’ I said, ‘Well, that was quick. That was an easy conversation.'”

You can’t blame Dana White for being a little bit frustrated with this perennially perplexing athlete.

It seems that White might be done trying to woo Diaz back into the octagon though.

“You either want to fight, or you don’t want to fight,” he said. “If you don’t want to fight, you can’t force a guy. There’s guys that are chomping at the bit. If Tyron Woodley texts me one more time. He must text me 15 times a day. When this thing with Georges St-Pierre went down, boom, he wants every fight. There’s guys like that out there.

“Those are the guys I want to hear from. Those are the guys that I want to deal with. I love Tyron Woodley. I love it.”