Nick Diaz is open to facing newly-crowned welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, but only if the UFC “make me an offer I can’t refuse”.
Woodley became welterweight champion when he knocked out Robbie Lawler in the first round of their main event bout at UFC 201 last weekend.
Woodley indicated that he wants his first title defence to be against either Diaz or Georges St-Pierre, but Diaz, who recently returned from an 18-month suspension for testing positive for marijuana, has made it clear that he won’t step into the Octagon if it doesn’t benefit him financially.
“If they make me an offer I can’t refuse, but I doubt that’s going to happen,” Diaz told TMZ. “Look at me right now, I don’t need nothing, I don’t own anybody nothing. I don’t owe anybody (expletive). I haven’t been fanatical about fighting since I was 15, 14 years old, since I was 8 years ago. Once I turned pro I was like this is not fun and games now. I work on karma.
“I’m not going to go after somebody unless I have a reason behind it. So as soon as there is a reason for me to do something that I need to do, then I’ll do it. Nobody’s done what I’ve done in this (expletive), it just hasn’t happened yet.”
Diaz also voiced his frustration that numerous fighters from a number of weight divisions have called him out.
Woodley wants to face Diaz at UFC 202 on August 20, but Diaz insisted that he is more focused on getting a big payday rather than winning a title belt.
“I don’t need no fake-ass piece of plastic,” Diaz said. “(Expletive) that! We can do a catch weight. Everybody wants a fight with me. Champions at 170, champions at 185, I said we can meet halfway. I don’t owe nobody nothing. I made pay-per-view without a title. I don’t need that fake-ass plastic to (expletive) be somebody.”