Nate Diaz has certainly increased his star power since his rivalry with UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, and the promotions seems to be attempting to capitalize on that momentum at the moment.
Per a report from BJPenn.com, it seems as thought discussions have begun to book a welterweight championship fight between champion Tyron Woodley and Diaz. Diaz has not competed since August of last year when he suffered a Majority Decision loss to Conor McGregor in their UFC 202 bout.
The pair initially met back in March of last year, as Diaz replaced ex-UFC lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos for his scheduled title defense against McGregor. Diaz accepted the fight on just several days' notice and went on to defeat the Irishman via second round submission.
After handing McGregor his first loss under the UFC banner, McGregor instantly needed to rematch the Stockton native, and did just that at UFC 202. The pair put on a five round, 25-minute brawl for the ages in which the judges awarded McGregor the decision.
Now that each man owns a win over the other, a highly-anticipated lightweight showdown between the two bitter rivals has been discussed, however, it would have to take place at McGregor's championship weight of 155 pounds.
At the moment, McGregor comes off of a hiatus from MMA competition in which he took time off to participate in a blockbuster boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. McGregor lost that bout via 10th round TKO.
During his time away an interim lightweight champion was crowned in Tony Ferguson and UFC President Dana White has already said that McGregor vs. Ferguson is the fight to make. Perhaps if McGregor and Diaz each win their respective bouts, a Champion vs. Champion trilogy bout between the pair would be all the more grand.
The rumored match-up between Diaz and Woodley is said to be aimed for UFC 219 on December 30th. McGregor has also been rumored for that card, so it's possible the pair compete on the same night.
What are your thoughts on the possibility of Nate Diaz fighting Tyron Woodley in his return bout to the Octagon? Do you think this is a good or bad match-up for the Stockton native? And what does this mean for the lingering trilogy bout with rival Conor McGregor? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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