Nate Diaz could prove to be the difference as UFC aims to take the UFC 219 card from a great event to perhaps one of the best all year.
Cris Cyborg's featherweight championship defence has been confirmed against Holly Holm, Carlos Condit makes his return to the Octagon, Khabib Nurmagomedov battles Edson Barboza, the exciting Gokhan Saki is in action while Jimmie Rivera waits for a replacement for Dominick Cruz and so much more.
UFC isn't resting on their laurels, though. It was revealed that there have been talks of having Tyron Woodley defend his welterweight title against Nate Diaz, who hasn't fought since UFC 202 after losing in the rematch against Conor McGregor.
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While The Chosen One claims to have signed his side of the agreement, fans are still waiting to see if the Stockton native will follow suit and try his luck at claiming his first championship inside of the Octagon.
The prospect of a fight between the pair has been met with mixed reviews, primarily because the rankings are being completely overlooked. Despite that, Woodley has continued to call out Diaz and has questioned why he's scared to fight.
Speaking as an analyst on FOX Sports 2, Woodley said: "I'm here.
"All I need is the paperwork sent — UFC 219, December 30 needs a headliner. It’s been offered to me, it’s been offered to Nate Diaz. Unfortunately, one half has not accepted.
"So you guys, people listening and watching, you guys need to get the Twitter fingers and ask your man that said ‘Don’t be scared,’ why is he scared?”
Despite the attempts at trying to goad Diaz back into the Octagon, Woodley went on to admit that he's actually a big fan of both Nick and Nate, and played down the critics who have brought up the rankings time and time again as he defended the potential matchup.
He added: "Our sport is out of the blue at this point. So, there’s no real rules
“I’m a huge fan of the Diaz boys. I’m a huge fan of what they’ve done for our sport. I feel like it’s not about the rankings anymore. Sometimes the rankings are a little shaky.
"When you think about who’s put in the most work, the most time, is he not deserving of the world title based upon what he did? Fighting Conor McGregor; even before, just fighting in these wars.”
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