If you think the UFC’s booking for the welterweight title is a bit weird, not to fear, you are not alone.
The big story this week was about Nate Diaz potentially challenging Tyron Woodley for the UFC welterweight title at UFC 219.
Yes, there’s a chance that the UFC veteran will make a return to the octagon and not fight UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
Diaz’s strength and conditioning coach Jose Garcia sparked a ton of speculation earlier this week when he decided to post on Instagram that suggested that Diaz has started training once again for the upcoming fight.
Then, ESPN.com reported that the promotion has considered booking Diaz in a title fight against Woodley and Diaz is up for the bout.
Diaz would have a considerable height advantage (6-foot to 5-9) and a reach advantage (77 inches to 74) against Woodley. However, it has to be taken into account that Diaz hasn’t fought in 15 months.
His last fight came when he suffered a majority decision loss in a rematch with Conor McGregor at UFC 202.
UFC 219 is set to take place on December 30, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will air on pay-per-view while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.
On the flip side, Woodley has gone six straight bouts without a loss since August 2014, which includes two successful title defenses over Stephen Thompson and Demian Maia.
Colby Covington can’t understand the justification of making this fight happen as he thinks he should’ve got the title fight. He has captured five straight and recently beat the former division No. 1 contender and part-time filthy animal in Demian Maia.
An excerpt from Covington’s conversation with BJ Penn Radio:
“I respect Nate Diaz. He’s a great fighter. He’s had a great career in the UFC. He’s a gamer. He’s tough as nails. But, as far as in the Octagon, I don’t respect him. I mean, the guy sucks, man. He’s got a good gas tank. He’s beaten a lot of guys just off gas, you know, just off wearing guys out, you know?
But, as far as a fighter, you know? He doesn’t really bring much to the table. He’s not a great striker. He’s not a powerful guy. He’s not … I mean, he’s a pretty good grappler, like, jiu jitsu-wise. But, wrestling nullifies that.
But, you know, he’s just, he doesn’t belong at welterweight. You know, he’s a great lightweight. That’s what I’m trying to say. He’s not a good welterweight. I don’t know. It’s a joke if he gets the fight.”