Nick Diaz was supposed to make his long-awaited return to the Octagon at UFC 235 in Las Vegas in March. He was set to take on welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal, but it appears Diaz may not be fighting after all.
UFC fans have been clamoring for the elder Diaz to return, but after it being reported the fight was done, the UFC never announced anything. UFC President Dana White said he thought the fight was on, but now it appears the fight is in jeopardy.
“I think it’s rude of the UFC to try and lowball me and expect me to negotiate a deal while I’m training for a fight,” Diaz said via text message to ESPN. “It’s not gonna go down like that. If anybody wants to fight me they know where to find me. I’m not a hard guy to find. Come get some.”
Diaz continued that he never agreed to the fight, but would still fight Masvidal.
“I have a lot going on trying to manage a few different businesses. Once things make sense for everybody in that they actually have some fighters that they respect and I respect, we can try and come to a deal and do a show. That’s how I feel.”
Although Diaz said he has never accepted the fight with Masvidal, the fan favorite would still take the fight. He just found it ‘rude’ that it was reported the fight was on before he even accepted the fight.
“As soon as I am in a good place with what I’m working on and things look the way it should, I’ll be happy to give the fans what they need. But I think they will be OK for now with what’s out there. There aren’t any fights for me until someone stands out. I’ll fight if they can be more reasonable, but, really, I didn’t even talk about what it would or could [take]. They are the ones tripping.”
Ultimately, Diaz is still willing to fight Masvidal, but another opponent has his eye. He would like to fight current champion, Tyron Woodley because he knows he could easily beat him.
“I’ll walk through Woodley,” Diaz said. “He knows it. I didn’t need to say [in response to him]. That man has a life. I fight for one like I always have.”
That is something Woodley does not agree with.
“I’ll f*ck Nick up and the world knows it. He punch drunk and washed up,” Woodley tweeted.
Now, no one truly knows if Nick Diaz is returning or not. It is all up in the air, and fans will have to wait and see.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime