ZUFFA better break out its checkbook because Nick Diaz is ready to talk turkey. After Tyron Woodley expressed his interest in "money fights" against the Stockton slugger and Georges St-Pierre shortly after knocking out Robbie Lawler at UFC 201 (see it), Diaz told TMZ Sports he is down to scrap against "Chosen One" at UFC 202 on Aug., 20, 2016.
However, the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) league needs to be prepared to make him an offer he can’t refuse. Seriously:
"I’ve seen all his fights and I don’t do the things he does because I don’t do those things in training. So we’ll see how that works out if that’s how it has to be. If they make me an offer that I can’t refuse (he’ll fight Woodley at UFC 202), but I doubt that’s going to happen. Look at me right now, I don’t need nothing, I don’t owe nobody nothing. I don’t owe nobody shit. I haven't been fanatical about fighting since I was 15, 14, eight years old. Once I turned pro, I said this isn’t fun and games anymore. This is me. I work on Karma. I am not going to go after somebody If I don’t have a reason behind it. So, as soon is there a reason for me to do something then I will do it. Nobody has done what I’ve done in this shit. It just hasn’t happened yet."
A fired up Diaz continued by saying he doesn’t need a belt because it seems all the champions in multiple weight classes are constantly dropping his name for fights anyway.
"I want to fight the best guy. I always want to fight the best guy. The thing is I'm on top ... I'm the one on top ... they're dropping MY name. I don’t need no fake ass piece of plastic. Fuck that! We can catchweight, too. Everybody wants to do a fight with me -- champions at 170 and champions at 185. We can meet halfway, I don’t owe nobody nothing. I made PPV without a title. I don't need that fake ass plastic to be somebody."
Diaz’s comments come the same day his suspension from Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) is up (details), so it’s safe to say he’s more than ready to get back into the swing of things. So is Georges St-Pierre, who also accepted Woodley’s challenge for a title fight later this year.
On the heals of these two revelations, Stephen Thompson’s chances of getting first crack at "The Chose One" seem to be dwindling by the second.
Check out Diaz comment on a potential Woodley title fight below: