Since Tyron Woodley took the welterweight belt from Robbie Lawler, he’s been campaigning for a bout with Nick Diaz, but “The Chosen One” insists it’s nothing personal.
After Woodley took out Lawler last July, he annoyed some fans and Stephen Thompson, by calling for a bout with Diaz. At the time, the powerful wrestler said he was looking for a “money fight”, and as a result, Diaz fit the bill. Of course, it didn’t happen, and Woodley ended up facing Thompson at UFC 205 in November. Woodley retained the belt via a majority draw, and it remains to be seen who he’ll face next.
Well, recently Woodley spoke with Chris Taylor of BJ Penn.com, and while doing so, he acknowledged that Diaz isn’t afraid to fight. It’s just that Diaz wants to get paid… Woodley also had this to say about Diaz (quote via MMA Mania):
“This is the honest truth man. I can sit here an act like I am Bruce Almighty but Nick Diaz is a bigger draw than me,” said Woodley. “He is a bigger name than me. Me fighting him and me wanting to fight Nick is because I recognize and realize that I am the world champion but Nick Diaz is a legend. He has had to fight the guys like Diego Sanchez, Paul Daley and Frank Shamrock. He has had to have wars with Georges and BJ Penn to get his name to where it is. So all I am trying to do is fight the Robbie Lawler’s, fight the Nick Diaz’s , GSP’s and Conor McGregor’s so that I can become a name that enters in to the legend category. Then people will want to fight me for the same reason I want to fight Nick. That’s all it is. There is nothing personal. I respect him as a fighter.”
There’s no question that Diaz is a huge star, and that a ton of people would love to see him fight Woodley. But, even if Diaz was interested in the bout, would the UFC grant him a title shot? Diaz has gone winless in three straight bouts and is coming off consecutive losses at 170 to Carlos Condit and Georges St-Pierre.