Over the last few weeks, there has been significant buzz about a rumored UFC 227 lightweight scrap between former UFC welterweight and middleweight champ Georges St-Pierre, and long-time lightweight contender Nate Diaz.
These rumors reached a crescendo when UFC President Dana White claimed the promotion was actually working on the fight.
“It is true, and they would fight at 155-pounds,” White said of the bout on a recent episode of the UFC Unfiltered podcast.
According to Nate Diaz himself, however, it just isn’t happening. He has no interest in fighting St-Pierre.
“No, I’m not fighting that fight,” Diaz told MMAJunkie over the weekend.
“Like I said [on Facebook], he cheated when he fought my brother [in 2013], so I just had to bring up old shit because they’re trying to brush it off like it’s nothing,” he added. “I got other shit to do, and it was just weird because we never even really talked about [that fight].”
While Nate Diaz is not interested in fighting Georges St-Pierre, however, he is keen on fighting again, and apparently even asked for a specific opponent recently — though he wouldn’t divulge who it was.
“There was a fight I asked them for, and now that that fell through, we’re back to square one,” he said.
“I’ve been trying to get in there and get going,” he said. “I’ve been wanting to get in there and get going this year. I just got this lawsuit out of the way that I’ve been going through for the last two years, so I wasn’t even able to fight. So that’s all done and over, and I’m ready to get back to fighting if I’m going to be fighting anymore.”
“I’m training until there’s something good to do here.”
Nate Diaz has not fought since August of 2016, when he gave up a razor-close majority decision to Conor McGregor. Who do you want to see him fight if he returns to the cage?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/14/2018.