Two of the MMA world’s biggest personalities reside in the welterweight division and it was only a matter of time until they got on each other’s minds.
Those personalities being none other than the former interim UFC welterweight champion Colby Covington and former Strikeforce welterweight king Nick Diaz.
After a lengthy callout of sorts to the UFC that Diaz made two months ago, Covington would respond in his typical relentless fashion.
Since then, there have been small back and forths over social media platforms. With Diaz recently cleared of his charges for domestic violence allegations, he says he’s ready to return and Covington will gladly welcome him back whether it be in the ring or the Octagon as he told BJPenn.com Radio.
“I’m over it at this point. I know Nick Diaz doesn’t want to fight me. If he wants to fight, dude, I’ll put in the contract right now. We could do a boxing match. We could do Zuffa boxing. You want to set up a boxing match? We can do a boxing match. I’ll mark that guy’s face up. He’ll never fight again. I’ll do no takedowns. I don’t need to take down that little bum.
He’s past his time. He’s over the hill. He’s a joke. That’s easy money for me. I don’t even need a training camp. If he wants to, he could tell me when he wants to fight, train for his whole life, do whatever and tell me a week before the fight and I’ll show up. No takedowns.
Stand-up, and I’ll mark that little bitch’s face up. It’s a fight that interests me. He talks a lot of shit. He’s put up some videos kind of talking shit about me, but he’s just doing talking, man. He ain’t walking the walk like I do.
To be honest, no, I don’t believe he will [come back]. He’s just using this as a platform to get attention. He wants to stay in the media. He wants to keep his name hot. Maybe he’ll get some sponsorship deals from some weed companies. But he’s not going to fight, man. He’s been saying this same shit for the last couple years. He’s already cashed out.”
Diaz hasn’t fought since 2015 when he originally lost to Anderson Silva via unanimous decision before it was overturned to a no contest due to Silva testing positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs.
Covington’s last bout took place in June when he won the interim welterweight crown by defeating former UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos by unanimous decision.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 9/13/2018