Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight headliner Nate Diaz, who moonlights at 170 pounds for promotional super fights, has the chance to compete for the welterweight title in his oft-delayed return to the Octagon.
So what’s the hold up?
It seems Diaz is too scared to face Tyron Woodley at UFC 219, set for Dec. 30, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, a trait he likely inherited from his older brother Nick, who is also afraid to throw hands with the championship “Chosen One.”
“I’m fired up about people that tell you ‘Don’t be scared, homie,’ and then they’re scared, homie! That’s what I’m fired up about. Guys in our sport pump their gums quite a bit and they get you to think that they’re these huge, tough guys, they’re these gangsters, that they’ll fight anybody, anytime. Then when you get in front of a person like me, then the crickets come out. Then they don’t really want to fight. It happened with Bisping, it happened with Georges St-Pierre, it happened with Conor McGregor, it happened with Nick Diaz, big brother, and now it’s happening with baby brother so I guess it’s in the bloodline.”
Maybe it wasn’t good for his brand.
Woodley has been looking for big-money fights after finishing his business with Stephen Thompson. In fact, the artist formerly known as “T-Wood” was even willing to jump up to middleweight to challenge Georges St-Pierre.
As for Diaz, he hasn’t been seen since dropping a razor-thin decision to Conor McGregor — at welterweight — at the UFC 202 pay-per-view (PPV) event back in August 2016, thanks in part to his costly demands to return.
How about Plan B? Or in this case, Plan C?