For Nate Diaz fans, it seems like things are looking good for a return to the Octagon. With Nate’s last fight taking place in August 2016, which was his rematch with Conor McGregor, it has been far too long for many fans and it seems like the younger Diaz brother’s hunger for more competition is getting to be too much.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto caught up with Nate on Tuesday night and the man who proudly represents the 209 shared the latest on where things are at for a return.
“I’m getting to the point where I’m sick of not fighting. I’m not getting any younger,” Diaz said to ESPN. “I put that tweet out saying I wanted to fight in May or June, but I didn’t say who because I was weighing my options. And now, Woodley is my best option.
“I see him on TMZ every week, talking about me. I’m like, ‘What the f—? If that’s what you want to do.’ It’s not really my weight class, but I’m with it. I think it’s my title we’re fighting for. If he’s the one calling me out, whose title are we fighting for? Who’s the real champion here?”
Diaz stated that he would like to fight in Las Vegas, perhaps at UFC 226, which takes place on July 7.
“I’d like a good two or three-month camp,” Diaz said. “We’ll figure it out. There’s definitely going to be something. I’m trying to fight.”
Interestingly, there was some controversy with Dana White in November about offering Diaz and Woodley the matchup. However, the matchup once again appears to be on the table.
“They called me out of nowhere, when I wasn’t trying to fight nobody,” Diaz said of the initial offer to fight the welterweight champion. “They asked if I would fight Woodley and I said, “Well, I’d like a three-month camp.’
“I told them I’d fight him on shorter notice, but would send them what I wanted in the contract. It was nothing out of the norm. My boxing coach said something about $15 million in an interview, but that was never the number.
“Then I saw in the media, the UFC said they never approached me about it. I was like, ‘F— it then. I wasn’t the one asking for the fight.'”
While there has not been any official announcement from the UFC, both Diaz and Woodley seem to be on the same page as the welterweight champ recently stated that he believes Nate will be his next opponent.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/7/2018.