There’s been a lot of talk and speculation about a proposed bout between Tyron Woodley and Nate Diaz going down on December 30th. But as each day passes, increasingly it looks like the fight is dead in the water.
Not long ago, the MMA world was delivered a bit of a jolt, when reports surfaced the UFC was looking at Woodley – Diaz for its year end card in Las Vegas. Since Diaz isn’t even ranked in the top 15 at 170, the notion that he’d be offered a title fight caught more than a few folks off guard.
Since then, Woodley has said that Diaz hasn’t signed on, and the welterweight champ’s even accused the Stockton star of ducking him. But, during a recent episode of Submission Radio, Diaz’s boxing coach, Richard Perez, had this to say (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“The UFC doesn’t want to give Nathan the money,” Perez said. “You know, ’cause what Woodley’s trying to do, he’s trying to get his name up there and he wants to fight the best, so he wants to fight Nathan. But UFC doesn’t want to pay Nathan, so why fight him? We can fight McGregor (instead).
“I saw Woodley talking the other day about Nathan being scared, ‘scared homie,’ you know, but it’s not that. It’s not all about that, because Nathan ain’t scared to fight nobody, it’s the money, and Dana White and the UFC doesn’t want to pay him. But he deserves it.”
Now, if you’ve followed Diaz over the years, then what Perez has said here shouldn’t come as a surprise. The outspoken fighter has made it very clear that he won’t fight unless the money’s right, per his standards of course, and even more so since his massive bouts with Conor McGregor.
So, while the UFC might be driving hard to sign another big fight for UFC 219, it looks like they’re not willing to fork over a ton of cash to make it happen.
Perez also went on to argue that “everyone” wants to see McGregor – Diaz III, and while there’s no question that fight would pull some big numbers, it does seem like, at least within the MMA world, there’s less buzz for that bout these days. The consensus seems to be that McGregor needs to defend the lightweight belt against Tony Ferguson.