Nate Diaz seems to have withdrawn from UFC 200 on July 9 after he took to Twitter to say that he was “going on vacation”.
It is another twist in what has become a very confusing saga involving the main event fight at UFC 200.
It all began last Tuesday when Diaz’s opponent Conor McGregor shocked the UFC community by saying that he had decided to “retire young”.
A day later, UFC president Dana White revealed that the fight between Diaz and McGregor had been cancelled as McGregor refused to halt his training in Iceland and fulfill his promotional obligations.
The day after that, the Irishman made it clear on Facebook that he had not retired and was training for his bout with Diaz.
On Monday, McGregor claimed that the fight was back and tweeted: “Happy to announce that I am BACK on UFC 200! Shout out to @danawhite and @lorenzofertitta on getting this one done for the fans. #Respect”
Later on that day, White insisted that the fight was still off despite what McGregor had tweeted.
And now, Diaz is set to walk away from the blockbuster event in Las Vegas as he only wanted to face McGregor.
Happy to announce that I'm going on vacation #gone #100 ✌?️
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) 26 April 2016
Diaz ended McGregor’s unbeaten run in the UFC at UFC 196 last month when he made him submit in the second round. Following the loss, the reigning featherweight champion immediately requested a rematch, which Diaz was more than happy to accept.
However, once McGregor was pulled from UFC 200, Diaz made it clear that he wasn’t interested in fighting anyone else.
“I didn’t ask for that fight, but he asked for it and he wanted it,” Diaz had told reporters on Friday. “If that ain’t gonna happen, I’m going on vacation.”