“I think that fight will happen,” Woodley told ESPN. “I think it will happen this year. I think it’s way more likely than people realize. There are conversations about Nate and I fighting in July. The UFC has offered Nate that fight. They just have to make it worth his while.
“I think I’ll fight Nate this year, and I think it will be my return to the Octagon. If I had to bet the house on it, that’s my next opponent.”
For former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, who seems to be the consensus number-one-contender at welterweight, Woodley’s talk of a bout with Diaz is getting old. Dos Anjos put the welterweight champ on blast in a Wednesday morning Twitter post.
@TWooodley man up and stop talk about fight that make no sense, everyone know that I’m the real contender. You want to fight a guy that has never beat a real welterweight in his whole life. Shame on you…
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) February 7, 2018
“[Tyron Woodley] man up and stop [talking] about fight that make no sense, everyone know that I’m the real contender,” Dos Anjos said in his post. “You want to fight a guy that has never beat a real welterweight in his whole life. Shame on you…”
Needless to say, Rafael dos Anjos doesn’t believe Nate Diaz should be anywhere near a welterweight title shot – least of all ahead of him. Given that dos Anjos dominated Diaz to a unanimous decision win in a 2014 catchweight bout, this should come as no surprise.
Who do you think should get the next UFC welterweight title shot? Rafael dos Anjos, Nate Diaz, or someone else?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/7/2018.