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Nate Diaz reveals he accepted (then rejected) Tony Ferguson fight at UFC 213

He’s not about to do Conor McGregor’s “dirty work.”

UFC 202: Diaz v McGregor 2 Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images

Since coming up short in his rematch against current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, at UFC 202 last year, Nate Diaz has been laying low. Though he was rumored to return against Eddie Alvarez is and getting called out by the likes of Tony Ferguson, Diaz never addressed either challenge ... until now.

During a special appearance today on “The MMA Hour,” Diaz — who initially denied being offered any fights recently — revealed that he was approached with the Ferguson fight for UFC 213 on July 8, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada; however, he rejected the 155-pound bout after initially accepting it.

“Yeah, I have — for July 8th. I wasn’t supposed to say that. And I gladly accepted it, and then it was gladly rejected because of circumstances. Sure, I will fight him, but under these circumstances, you know what I’m saying? Then I was ignored and the rumors went on. So I said, ‘why are the rumors still going if it’s not popping?’ And then I thought about it: Why am I going to do Conor McGregor’s fucking work for him? No fight each other motherfucker and then you get a shot at the golden child right here motherfucker. What are you going to do? You’re going to take time off to make $1 million to fight Mayweather and I’m going to do your dirty work for you?”

Indeed, McGregor has been working hard to lock down a multi-million dollar boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, while Ferguson has been clamoring for his shot at the 155-pound strap currently being held hostage by “Notorious.” And while talks for a fight against “Money” have stalled, no word yet if the much-talked about bout has officially been scrapped.

As for Diaz’ next step, he plans to sit out the remainder of 2017 while preparing for race season with big brother Nick. Unless, of course, UFC comes correct with a big offer that is worth the Stockton slugger’s time. And since Diaz has “hella money” in the bank, the promotion better be prepared to come correct in 2018.

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