Depending on who you speak to, at one time there was a real possibility that current UFC Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley was going to fight Nate Diaz.
Diaz has on numerous occasions felt like the king of UFC due to his sheer ability in the Octagon ring. He’s had his fair share of defeats but some of his most notable wins have come against top opposition, with Conor McGregor one of the men to have fallen against the American.
But of late he’s been elusive and a recent opportunity for him to face welterweight champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 219 was bypassed. That’s not the talk you here out of UFC boss Dana White, who claims the fight was never officially on the table.
Woodley, however, has a different view on the situation and believes the fault for not getting the fight on for the December 30 UFC event all lies with Diaz.
“It seems like him saying no without saying no,” Woodley told MMAjunkie Radio about the potential fight, which would have likely headlined UFC 219. “It seems like he was saying, ‘I’m scared, homie,’ without saying, ‘I’m scared, homie.'”
Not satisfied with simply stating Diaz was at fault for the potential fight unravelling, Woodley took some shots at the former champ, who he claims was asking for $15 million.
“That fight was offered on that date. It wasn’t a fight like, ‘OK, this is a fight we want you to have. It’s a fight that we like for this date, because we need a big main event, a big name.’ It’s almost like, ‘Hey, if he’s on this date’ and I’m like, ‘I’m in.’
“He’s never made $15 million to fight,” Woodley said. “I don’t know if he has amnesia, but before he was fighting Conor McGregor, he beat Michael Johnson for $16,000 (to show) and $16,000 (to win). After two fights with Conor, you think he’s going to make $15 million to fight me? I’m not even Conor. He’s not going to make that to fight Conor.”
Woodley is not fighting at UFC 219 as a result and has since taken the decision to have work done on an ongoing shoulder injury.
The 35-year-old has been battling the problem for some time but due to a lack of strong opponents in his division, the welterweight champion is understood to have seen taking some time out now as his best decision moving forward.
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