Diaz Denies UFC 235 Fight, Blasts Woodley
Nick Diaz continues to deny that he’ll be making his return to the UFC at UFC 235, even though Dana White confirmed it.
Last week, White announced to ESPN that Diaz would fight Jorge Masvidal on March 2nd in Las Vegas, but according to Diaz, the UFC lowballed him and he’s considering staying home.
“I think it’s rude of the UFC to try and lowball me and expect me to negotiate a deal while I’m training for a fight,” Diaz said to Ariel Helwani via text message. “It’s not gonna go down like that. If anybody wants to fight me they know where to find me. I’m not a hard guy to find. Come get some.
“I have a lot going on trying to manage a few different businesses. Once things make sense for everybody in that they actually have some fighters that they respect and I respect, we can try and come to a deal and do a show. That’s how I feel.”
Diaz claims he has no issues with Masvidal, but just didn’t sign a contract to fight him, even though allegedly Masvidal has.
“As soon as I am in a good place with what I’m working on and things look the way it should, I’ll be happy to give the fans what they need. But I think they will be OK for now with what’s out there. There aren’t any fights for me until someone stands out.
“I’ll fight if they can be more reasonable, but, really, I didn’t even talk about what it would or could [take]. They are the one’s tripping.”
One potential opponent for Diaz, UFC welterweight champion made it clear that he’d want a crack at the former Strikeforce welterweight champion, but Diaz seemed nonplussed by the possibility.
“I’ll walk through Woodley,” Diaz said. “He knows it. I didn’t need to say [in response to him]. That man has a life. I fight for one, like I always have.”
Diaz on social media even hinted at a move to Bellator, which is run by former Strikeforce executive, Scott Coker, but it seems that there is no motion on that as of this posting.
Initial Report: ESPN