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Morning Report: Is Nate Diaz in training camp for UFC 219?

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For the better part of the last year, the UFC has been fruitlessly trying to book Nate Diaz for a return fight. Now it seems they may be close to doing that, though not the fight anyone had imagined.

On Tuesday, Diaz’s strength and conditioning coach, Jose Garcia, took to Instagram to tease the return of Diaz with a post that showed Nate giving UFC President Dana White the Stockton Slap.

Nate

Garcia has since deleted the post but followed it up with another post showing an MMA Mania article referencing his post.

.. #stayready ⚔️ #represent #killorbekilled #road2war #strenghtandconditioning #fight #ufc #mma #teamdiaz #wardiaz #stockton #209 #ninjarecovery #bodybyjose #bbj

A post shared by Medicine Man (@bbj_recovery209) on Nov 14, 2017 at 10:06pm PST

But if this is true, who will Diaz be facing? With Conor McGregor’s impending return to the MMA cage in the offing, a trilogy fight with Diaz had long been considered the front-runner for the next bout for the lightweight champion. But Tony Ferguson’s ascension up the 155 pound ranks has seemingly turned the tide recently and left the younger Diaz brother without a dance partner. Enter UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

Ariel Helwani reported yesterday that rumors of a Woodley-Diaz welterweight title fight are not as absurd as they might appear on their face and that some discussions have taken place about making that fight happen.

Woodley himself also added fuel to that fire yesterday when he spoke to FloCombat, telling them he expected his next fight to be announced soon and that it might not be against an established welterweight contender.

“Don’t be surprised if you see me in the next couple days announce a fight. It’s a sport about risk and reward. It’s a sport about becoming a legend. You look at guys that have stepped up on last minute and it changed their lives. I don’t think that I should be any different. . .

“At the end of the day, none of the people in my division right now are the fight that are going to get me to legendary status. Get me to the point where I’m a household name. I’m looking for that and I might have found that fight.”

Though Woodley never addresses Nate, the younger Diaz fits neatly into Woodley’s hypothetical opponent as a fighter outside of his own weight division with a marquee name. Garcia even essentially confirmed this game of connect-the-dots with yet another Instagram post, this one showing Woodley’s most recent Tweet where he says he’s in training camp, saying, “Hope you pass the drug test and defend that belt.. #andnew.”

Hope you pass the drug test and defend that belt.. #andnew #peopleschamp #killorbekilled #willyoustandandbang #youallonsteroids #teamdiaz #wardiaz #road2war #ninjarecovery #stockton #209 #westside #represent #bbj #bodybyjose #ufc #peopleschampcamp

A post shared by Medicine Man (@bbj_recovery209) on Nov 15, 2017 at 12:03am PST

A fight with Nate Diaz would be everything Woodley has wanted since the day he won the welterweight title and called out Diaz’s older brother Nick. For the UFC, it would give them a main event for their big end-of-the-year card that currently lacks one despite being less than two months away.


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I sincerely apologize for my behavior at last weekends fight event in Dublin. While trying to support a loyal teammate and friend, I let my emotions get the best of me and acted out of line. As a multiple weight UFC champion, executive producer, role model and public figure, I must hold myself to a higher standard. The referee Marc Godard was making a horrendous decision in trying to pick an unconscious fighter up off the floor and force the fight to continue into the second round. Even against the wishes of the said fighters coach. The fight was over. After witnessing my fighter in a fight where the worst happened and the opponent passed away from his injuries on the night, I thought the worst was about to happen again, and I lost it and over reacted. I am sorry to everyone. I sincerely apologize to the Director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, Mike Mazzulli, all the officials and staff working the event, Andy Ryan and his fighter John, two stonch ones that put up a great fight every time. That side will always have my respect, and lastly every one of my fans. I love yous all! I’ve always learned from my mistakes and this will be no different.

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After a couple of days of downtime and reflection I would like to offer some clarification on the events that unfolded…

Posted by Marc Goddard on Tuesday, November 14, 2017

DC hitting No Time with some Jeezy.

When @volkan_oezdemir says he’s gonna knock me out in the very 1st round smh #youngjeezy lol

A post shared by Daniel “DC” Cormier (@dc_mma) on Nov 14, 2017 at 2:49pm PST

Uh oh. That sounds unfortunate.

Oh please, oh please, oh please.

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