Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight veteran Nate Diaz, who previously demanded $30 million to complete his trilogy with Conor McGregor, is willing to cut his asking price in half to challenge Tyron Woodley, simply because “The Chosen One” is not the “Notorious” pay-per-view (PPV) draw the trash-talking Irishman has already proven to be.
UFC, it seems, has sticker shock.
That’s why Woodley and Diaz won’t be fighting in the UFC 219 main event to close out the promotion’s 2017 fight campaign, a card that is shaping up to be good, but not great, following this inclusion of this championship title fight.
Boxing coach Richard Perez breaks it down for Submission Radio:
“The UFC doesn’t want to give Nathan the money. 15 million. Easy. Cause, I mean, he’s a star right now. McGregor can’t even fight right now, he got suspended. And Woodley’s trying to fight everybody. They’re being too greedy with the money right now, it’s hurting a lot of fighters. They’re gonna probably make, oh gosh, pay-per-view is going to be just out there because they’re curious on what Nathan’s going to do with Woodley. I mean, he’s got the belt. So what? The belt don’t mean nothing anymore. It’s about who you’re fighting (if you want) to make the money. So they’re making big money, they’re pocketing a lot of it. You guys know it too. Oh gosh, it’s ridiculous.”
One half of the contract was signed earlier this week.
Woodley has been looking for big-money fights after recently finishing his business with top contender 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 McGregor — at welterweight — in the UFC 202 headliner back in August 2016. It was just his second fight since outpointing Michael Johnson roughly two years ago.
Let’s hope this prophecy from promotion president Dana White proves false.