Tyron Woodley Has Major Praise For Nick Diaz
Former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley has some kind words for Nick Diaz.
When Woodley was still reigning as the UFC’s 170-pound king, he was trying to get a bout with Diaz. The feeling wasn’t mutual and Woodley didn’t get the big fight he was looking for. “The Chosen One’s” title run eventually ended with a unanimous decision loss to Kamaru Usman back in March 2019.
During an edition of TMZ Sports’ The Hollywood Beatdown, Woodley discussed why he believes Diaz is already Hall of Fame-caliber (via BJPenn.com).
“I think he’s done enough in his career, in my opinion, to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He was one of the original bad boys. There’s some people in the Hall of Fame that had never won a world title, whether it’s just a fight, there’s so many different categories of it. When you think about it, he came over from Strikeforce, he had a crazy reputation then, and I think you’ve got to take some of that into account when you’re thinking about a Hall of Fame inductee. They bought the organization, they bought the rights to all those fights, so I think the accolades have to come with that.”
Diaz’s manager recently revealed to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that the Stockton native is planning to make a comeback. Diaz was seen in terrific shape and his manager says it’s part of a test weight cut to prepare for a fight in 2021. UFC President Dana White doesn’t appear to be sold.
Diaz hasn’t been seen inside the Octagon since January 31, 2015. He initially suffered a unanimous decision loss to Anderson Silva. The result was changed to a No Contest after Silva failed a drug test. Diaz also popped for marijuana and was given a stiff punishment at first that included a five-year suspension. The sanction was greatly reduced after blowback from fans and media members but Diaz decided to sit on the sidelines anyway.