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Despite Dana White’s strong feelings about it, Tyron Woodley continues to push for this Nate Diaz fight. Nate wants the bout too, telling ESPN.com:
“I’m getting to the point where I’m sick of not fighting. I’m not getting any younger,” Diaz told ESPN. “I put that tweet out saying I wanted to fight in May or June, but I didn’t say who because I was weighing my options. And now, Woodley is my best option.
”I see him on TMZ every week, talking about me. I’m like, ‘What the f---? If that’s what you want to do.’ It’s not really my weight class, but I’m with it. I think it’s my title we’re fighting for. If he’s the one calling me out, whose title are we fighting for? Who’s the real champion here?”
Diaz is right about Woodley calling him (literally) on TMZ.
Dana fired back with all the scorn he could muster, telling UFC Tonight that the welterweight champion is full of shit. Via MMAFighting.com:
“[Woodley’s] full of sh*t,” White said. “That fight was never made, you couldn’t be more wrong, he couldn’t be more full of sh*t, and it’s absolutely not true. It’s so not true that our lawyer hit him up today and said he needs to stop saying these kind of things, because it’s absolutely not true.”
“Dos Anjos is the fight we’re looking at for Woodley,” White said. “That’s the fair fight, he just won a great fight against Robbie Lawler and looked good and what I love about that fight is dos Anjos will bring it. He will come after Tyron Woodley and it will be a great fight. That’s the fight that’s gonna happen.”
White also repeated his talking point that Diaz had turned down several fights with lightweight opponents:
“We’ve offered Nate Diaz five or six fights in the last several months and he’s turned them all down,” White said. “I’ve said many times over the last several months that I don’t see Nate Diaz fighting. Will he fight this year? Maybe he’ll come out and see he wants to fight eventually, but no, he’s turned down every fight we’ve offered.“
Woodley wasn’t long in responding to Dana White, and he certainly has a point.
Who has a history of being full of shit. TW or DW?— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) February 8, 2018
White, not unlike the current United States President, does have a long and frequent history of factually incorrect and misleading statements. Among many other examples, he said Anderson Silva would not be fighting Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 (hours before the bout was announced), and most memorably denied the UFC was being sold for 4 billion dollars, including releasing a memo to his employees to that effect. (Many of those employees were subsequently let go.)
In this case, Tyron Woodley is angling for a bout which, divisionally, makes very little sense, but from a promotional standpoint, might very well make sense. Given the direction WME-IMG have taken in these cases lately, it does seem possible Woodley is right.
Some Wednesday trash talk between Tyron Woodley and Rafael Dos Anjos also went down:
Just stop man...it's getting worse for you, you having a bad day go sleep— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) February 8, 2018
Belt comes and goes, I had my and I'm about to get one more when you decide to fight me, stop looking for money this is begin of the end.— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) February 8, 2018
Prize fighters should look to gain the highest prize Shh you are coming off stupid. Looks aren’t deceiving https://t.co/3tgVFRuxIE— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) February 8, 2018
TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt went at it on Twitter too:
When you should’ve gone home after the clubs but decide to go to afterhours and try to call for an Uber. pic.twitter.com/nldQUndF0T— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) February 7, 2018
And this looks like you after our fight. pic.twitter.com/bDpmi5k7z2— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) February 7, 2018
Congratulations to Robert Whittaker and his wife on the birth of Bobby Knuckles Jr., destined to rule women’s divisions twenty years from now.
Do we approve or disapprove of these Reebok jerseys?
I never wanted to know this about Kenny Florian.
I have purchased so many of these small clippers over the years to battle my nostril hair issue. These are either very cheaply made or I have the most powerful nostril follicles known to man. I’m not ruling out either theory. pic.twitter.com/Ey5aqdeLzY— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) February 7, 2018
They make for great zip ties— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) February 7, 2018
Head movement! Head movement! Head movement:
This seems like a great grappling match to make.
How would you do if you had to fight yourself? This is always an interesting hypothetical question - in the case of Georges St-Pierre and Jake Shields it is actually a practical question! I have never seen two athletes so closely matched in skill level, tactics, technique etc in ground grappling. When they spar each other the only difference I see is their appearance and accent - other than that - identical! It’s great to see Mr St-Pierre back in the gym despite his battle with ulcerative colitis. He has had to make considerable changes in his diet to lessen symptoms and still has to avoid certain modes of training, but his grappling looked great as he battled the squad and former rival and now good friend and grappling doppelgänger Jake Shields . It impresses me so much to see two great athletes who have a legacy so strong that they could easily stop training altogether and live comfortably as legends, come into the gym everyday and battle the youngsters - giving all of them hell on the mats - an then laugh together after giving each other hell with identical games!
Slips, Rips, and Head Kicks
Head kicks are cool
I was tagged in this young man’s video. I had to Share since My Favorite Technique is the Head Kick. #Repost @mr_sandmanmma302 ・・・ Finger Licking BBQ CHICKEN !!!PLEASE LIKE AND SHARE!!! Tag anyone that might wanna see this @danawhite Hey boss man. I know you ain't heard of me yet, but keep your eye out for MR. Sandman. Im the next best thing!
Early Groovy Lando
Look at this spinning back kick.
I have Bhabajeet Choudhury on my squad pic.twitter.com/vbm2H6AOdu— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) February 6, 2018
Podcasts and Video
My top three fights for UFC 221 are Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero, Mark Hunt vs. Curtis Blaydes, and the debut of Israel Adesanya.
Meisha Tate says the Cyborg title defense isn’t enough for her to buy UFC 222.
Dominick Cruz on the secrets to life:
CLICK ON THE LINK:https://t.co/gFT9mVJYWz— Ed Mylett (@EdMylett) February 7, 2018
Or go https://t.co/0KGzCYqENv for video
Epic, Life Changing and Mindset Altering conversation w 4 time UFC Champion @dominickcruz
This is honestly one of the best interviews I’ve ever heard on mindset of a champion in my life! pic.twitter.com/bvtKkRxQqh