UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley’s reign was minutes old when talk turned to his next opponent. Woodley doesn’t want the nominal #1 contender, he wants the most money. And he has named former UFC welterweight Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz.
Woodley even named the date he wants to fight Diaz – UFC 202 on August 20, with Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor in the main event.
GSP responded with a yes.
And now Diaz has responded, in an interview with TMZ Sports. Diaz is now free to fight, after an incomprehensible 18 month suspension for the demon weed marijuana by the Nevada Athletic Commission ended on 1 August.
“If they make me an offer I can’t refuse,” said Diaz, as transcribed by Shaun Al-Shatti for MMA Fighting. “But I doubt that’s going to happen. I’m over here, look at me right now — I don’t need nothing. I don’t owe nobody nothing. I don’t owe anybody s***. I haven’t been fanatical about fighting since I was 15 or 14, since I was eight years ago.
“Once I turned pro, I was like okay, this is not fun and games now. This is me. I’m going to come and I work on karma. I’m not going to go after somebody if I don’t have a reason behind it, so as soon as there is some sort of a reason for me to do something that I need to do, then I’ll do it. Nobody’s done what I’ve done in this s***. It just hasn’t happened yet.”
“I want to fight the best guy. You know what, I always want to fight the best guy, but the thing is I’m on top. I’m the one on top. They’re dropping my name. I don’t need no fake-ass piece of plastic. F*** that. I could fight and we could do a catchweight too. Everybody wants to do a fight with me, champions at 170, champions at 185. I said we can meet halfway. I don’t owe nobody nothing. I’m a pay-per-view without a title. I don’t need that fake-ass plastic to beat somebody.”
“I want to fight the best guy. I always want to fight the best guy. The thing is I’m on top … I’m the one on top … they’re dropping MY name.”
“I don’t need no fake ass piece of plastic. F*** that! I made PPV without a title. I don’t need that fake ass plastic to be somebody.”