Nate Diaz sounds ready to return to the Octagon for a fight this summer, and Dana White is right there with him.
”I’ll tell you what, I’ll call him today and make an offer,” White said when TMZ Sports mentioned Nate’s social media post about fighting in May or June. “I gotta look at the rankings, see where everyone is. I will make Nate Diaz an offer to fight today.”
But don’t expect Diaz to get an instant title shot at welterweight against Tyron Woodley (as much as Woodley might like that).
”The reality is there’s real guys like Rafael dos Anjos, guys in line waiting for that fight,” he said. “There’s so many guys that deserve that fight before Nate Diaz and they’re going to get it.”
The volatile lightweight fighter has been AWOL from the UFC since his two big money fights against Conor McGregor in 2016, fights which produced the two biggest PPV numbers the UFC has ever seen. But once it became clear that the UFC wasn’t interested in continuing to pay Diaz like a rock star without Conor involved, the Stockton native stepped away from the sport to concentrate on triathlon training.
But Diaz made headlines late Tuesday night when he declared his sabatical from fighting was almost over.
”Sick of sitting around waiting for you f**kers to do s**t,” he wrote on Instagram. “There’s no excitement in this fight s**t step your games up I’ll see u around May, June. Sincerely, the real champ.”
The big question is whether the UFC can put together an offer that Nate and his managers will accept. Diaz and his coach have gone as far as to suggest he won’t fight again for less than $20 million, and while he’s clearly worth more than the UFC has been willing to pay him in the past, that seems like a non-starter of a number, even with Conor McGregor involved.
As for that third McGregor fight?
”I think people would rather see Conor come back and either fight Tony or Khabib, whoever wins,” White said, referencing the Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov title fight set for UFC 223 on April 7th. “And the Nate Diaz fight ain’t going nowhere. We can do that at any time.”