For Tyron Woodley, Nate Diaz is still his upcoming opponent, until the UFC officially kills the match-up.
There have been talks about a Tyron Woodley-Nate Diaz welterweight championship fight for UFC 219 this December. But as of the moment, nothing has been made certain by the powers that be, and this match-up has remained to be mere rumors.
During Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour, Woodley said he spoke to his manager Malki Kawa that same morning and was told that they would be getting a definite answer from the UFC “within 24 hours.” So until they get the final word, preparations for a Diaz fight will continue.
“Until I hear no, I’m not going to stop training,” Woodley said (via MMA Fighting). “So when they say 24 (hours), I assume 48, maybe a little longer — 48 or 72 hours — because sometimes the Diaz brothers aren’t known to be the greatest negotiators, with returning phone calls and coming to terms on deals. So 24 hours to them could be three days, but this is my job.”
“I’ve been looking for that name, man,” he continued. “This would be the first opponent I get to fight that I get that high-profile fight that actually means something. The Carlos Condit was a high-profile fight, but [he wasn’t] into having huge star-power. Neither was Robbie Lawler. Neither were some of the other guys I fought and beat.”
“But this is a guy who is directly connected to his brother Nick, directly connected to Conor McGregor, so it could really set me up to fight one of those guys afterward.”
Woodley is surprised about Diaz’s uncertainty, considering the magnitude of such an opportunity, but he believes it could easily be a money issue, which he hopes would soon be resolved.
“He (Diaz) said there wasn’t enough time. He said I was a welterweight, he’s a lightweight, even though he’s fought at welterweight before and he fought Conor at ‘welterweight,’” Woodley said. “It sounds like a lot of excuses to me, but you know what, I’m not going to call out a man.”
“Maybe there wasn’t enough money on the table. I can’t go on record because I don’t know for 100-percent sure, but I believe part of them trying to go back to him and ask him about the fight again, they would have to go with more money. Because if you call and ask him with the same money, the same date, the same opponent, and you don’t have more money, then you’re basically just asking him again and he’s already said no.”
“So hopefully they offer him a crap-load of money and we get the fight done.”
UFC 219 takes place on December 30th in Las Vegas, and features a women’s featherweight title fight between Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm.