Tyron Woodley was open to giving Nick Diaz a shot at his welterweight title – but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.
Woodley, who won the title after knocking out Robbie Lawler at UFC 201 last Saturday, revealed that he wanted his first title defence to be against Diaz or Georges St-Pierre.
That has all changed though after Diaz went on a verbal tirade, during which he said that he was more interested in a big payday rather than a title belt.
Responding to Diaz’s comments, Woodley admitted that the 33-year-old may have talked his way out of a title fight.
“He made no sense. He wants to fight the best, I’ve got the gold, but he don’t want the gold,” Woodley told TMZ. “He made pay-per-view without the gold and he don’t do anything I do in training so we’ll see how that goes. You’re not me, you’re not supposed to do what I do in training, idiot.
“I think Nick Diaz is a great fighter. If he realizes, I actually was giving him credit and I was actually wanting to fight him because he’s one of the best welterweights in the history of the sport, I think his answer would have been quite different.”
The 34-year-old was highly unimpressed with Diaz’s rant and has already begun shifting his attention to St-Pierre.
“I think I might actually end up getting the opportunity to fight Georges St-Pierre, which is going to be a bigger payday so he can go fight for a non-plastic belt against somebody else. He might have walked his way out of several, seven figures,” Woodley said.
Woodley knows that St-Pierre is likely to pose a bigger threat than Diaz, which is why he is likely to be more inclined to fight the Canadian legend. With that being said, Woodley added that Diaz can look somewhere else for a fight that will benefit him financially.
“He said he wants to fight the best and he’s seen my fights and seen what I do. Me and him were supposed to fight in Strikeforce before he went over to the UFC. So if he acts like I’m not a worthy opponent or I’m a person that doesn’t pose certain threats, I do,” Woodley said about Diaz. “Georges St-Pierre beat him, took him down, controlled him. Georges St-Pierre doesn’t have the power I possess. He doesn’t have that ability to close the gap as we saw in my last fight.
“Either one of those fights make sense to me. They’re both tough opponents. They know I’m no walk in the park. I’m just trying to get paid, I’m going to be straight up. Actually, I think the Georges St-Pierre fight is a little bit closer than Nick Diaz’s fight.”