Tyron Woodley seemingly handed Nick Diaz a crack at his welterweight title on a silver platter after "The Chosen One" expressed his desire to face him shortly after knocking out Robbie Lawler at UFC 201 this past weekend (Sat., July 30, 2016) in Atlanta, Georgia.
An opportunity the Stockton slugger has now apparently lost out on.
While Nick didn’t exactly reject Tyron’s offer, his answer of only taking the bout if Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials made him an offer he couldn’t refuse to fight at UFC 202 in a few weeks wasn’t good enough for the champ.
"He didn't make sense. He 'wanted to fight the best.' I have the gold. But he don't want the gold, he 'made PPV' without the gold. And he don’t do anything I do in training. Well, you’re not me and you’re not supposed to do what I do in training, idiot. I think Nick Diaz is a great fighter. If he realized, that I was actually giving him credit and I was actually wanting to fight him because he was one of the best welterweights in the history of the sport, I think he would've answered it quite differently. But as it shows you, his IQ outside of fighting is not extremely high. I think I may get an opportunity to fight Georges St-Pierre, which is going to be a bigger payday, so he can go fight for a 'non-plastic belt' against somebody else. He might have walked his way out of several seven figures."
Indeed, "Rush" did express interest in the Woodley title fight with a simple "yes," which was better than Nick’s response, according to Tyron. Whether or not the championship bout actually gets made, remains to be seen.
For now, Diaz will have to look for someone else to tango with in his comeback fight because it doesn’t look like he’ll be getting a shot at the welterweight strap anytime soon.
But it’s not like he cares about "fake ass plastic" anyway.