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Punch drunk? Tyron Woodley shuts down ‘washed up’ Nick Diaz

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight division is by far the most insufferable weight class in all of mixed martial arts (MMA) and to be honest, I really miss the days when Robbie Lawler was 170-pound champ.

He did his talking (and screaming) inside the cage.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s focus on the latest round of “welterwhiners” starring the M.I.A. Nick Diaz, who may or may not be making his return against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 235 next March in Las Vegas.

As he’s done with so many fighters, regardless of weight class, Diaz (26-9, 2 NC) cast some pretty serious shade over the current welterweight reign of Tyron Woodley, insisting “The Chosen One” is only champion because he never fought in Stockton.

“I’ll walk through Woodley,” Diaz told ESPN, while also insisting he’s not going to fight Masvidal after being “lowballed” by UFC. “He knows it. That man has a life. I fight for one, like I always have.”

Not surprisingly, Woodley (19-3-1) was unfazed by the remarks, probably because the oft-suspended Diaz hasn’t competed in nearly four years and hasn’t won a fight since knocking around BJ Penn way back in late 2011.

“I’ll fuck Nick up and the world knows it,” the champion wrote on Twitter. “He’s punch drunk and washed up.”

The welterweight division is a hot mess right now, thanks to the back-and-forth battles between Woodley and promotion president Dana White. That doesn’t include the antics from Colby Covington, who was interim informant champion, then not interim champion, after taking an ill-timed vacation.

At this point, we should just let Ben Askren and Kamaru Usman wrestle it out for the 170-pound strap and take a big squeegee and flush the rest out the back door, including Diaz, “the greatest fighter the world has ever seen.”