Suddenly, there’s a fight in the works between him and UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley to fill the empty slot perched atop UFC 219. Not just a wild rumor that spread out of control, but the UFC really trying to make this insane, out-of-left-field scrap happen. The talks seem to stall as fast as they heated up with little to no explanation. This is where Tyron Woodley comes in to clear everything up. According to the champ, he’s already signed on the dotted line and is waiting for Nate Diaz to do the same.
“I DON’T EVEN NEED THE CARDS. I’M FIRED UP ABOUT PEOPLE THAT TELL YOU, ‘DON’T BE SCARED HOMIE,’ AND THEN THEY’RE SCARED, HOMIE. NOT A POSSIBLE FIGHT. A 50-PERCENT COMPLETED FIGHT. YOU GOT ONE HALF OF THE PARTY THAT’S BEEN OFFERED, THAT’S ACCEPTED, THAT’S OUT HERE WITH THEIR BAG AT WILCARD BOXING GETTING PUNCHED BY WORLD CHAMPIONS. THEN YOU GOT THE OTHER SIDE THAT’S GOT A WHOLE BUNCH OF EXCUSES. SO, THAT’S WHAT I’M KIND OF FIRED UP ABOUT. 10-4 [THE UFC OFFERED ME A FIGHT WITH NATE DIAZ AT UFC 219]. CORRECT. [I’VE AGREED TO THAT FIGHT].”
“GUYS IN OUR SPORT BUMP THEIR GUMS QUITE A BIT AND THEY GET YOU TO THINK THEY ARE THESE HUGE TOUGH GUYS, THESE GANGSTERS, THAT THEY’LL FIGHT ANYBODY, ANYTIME. THEN WHEN YOU GET IN FRONT OF A PERSON LIKE ME, THEN THE CRICKETS START TO COME OUT AND THEY DON’T REALLY WANT TO FIGHT. IT HAPPENED WITH [MICHAEL] BISPING, IT HAPPENED WITH GEORGES ST-PIERRE, IT HAPPENED WITH CONOR MCGREGOR, IT HAPPENED WITH NICK DIAZ — BIG BROTHER — AND NOW IT’S HAPPENING WITH BABY BROTHER. SO, I GUESS IT’S IN THE BLOODLINE. I JUST TOLD YOU. IT’S 50-PERCENT DONE. ALL YOU GOTTA’ SAY IS YES. PUT THE INK TO THE PAPER AND WE’RE DONE. GET OFF THE POT. QUIT CRAPPIN’ YOURSELF. YOU DONE TOOK PLENTY OF BUTT WHOOPINS’ BEFORE. THIS AIN’T GOING TO BE ANYTHING DIFFERENT. GET YOUR BIG PAYCHECK AND DRIFT OFF INTO THE FOG.” — TYRON WOODLEY SPEAKING ON THE HOLLYWOOD BEATDOWN.
If Nate Diaz is holding out for the best deal possible, it makes sense for Tyron Woodley to put him on blast as a negotiation tactic to get him to John Hancock the contract. The heat from Woodley as well as the pressure put on the UFC to make something fast for UFC 219 has to be barreling down on all parties involved. It will all come down to how desperate the organization is to get this booked and how large the demands may be from camp Diaz. Tickets were supposed to go on sale this Friday, but have already been postponed until next week. If the Diaz deal doesn’t get done, there’s always Colby Covington.
This article first appeared onBJPenn.comon 11/16/2017.