After losing to Georges St-Pierre (25-2) at UFC 158, Nick Diaz (26-9) officially announced his retirement from professional mixed martial arts. That was nine months ago, and he’s still in the UFC’s top-ten rankings. Welterweight Tyron Woodley (12-2) has a problem with that.
During a recent interview with Bloody Elbow, Woodley shared his thoughts on why Diaz should no longer be in the UFC’s top-ten rankings.
“The guy is retired. His return might be pending, but according to me, he’s still retired. I don’t believe he should be in the rankings. If you say you’re retired, you should come out of the rankings. Until you’re back in there competing, I don’t think it’s fair to ask people like myself, who’s been fighting tooth and nail to get into the Top 10, just to have a shot at one of the Top 5 guys, to wait it out. I think Nick Diaz has done a lot for the sport, but I feel he’s letting his legacy be sealed tight with what he’s already accomplished. I don’t really think we’ll see him fight again. It definitely worked out to my benefit that he turned down the rematch, for sure.”
Woodley, who recently scored an impressive knockout victory over former title contender Josh Koscheck (17-8) is currently scheduled to take on Carlos Condit (29-7) at UFC 171. Condit is ranked as the second best welterweight in the world. If Woodley can pull of an upset and beat the “Natural Born Killer,” then it’s very likely he’ll be added to the UFC’s top-ten list.
The only two losses on his record are from Nate Marquardt (32-13) and Jake Shields (29-6). The thirty-one year old is one of the most explosive fighters in his division, so when he fights, anything is possible.
UFC 171 takes place March 15th at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.