“I want to fight the best guy. You know what, I always want to fight the best guy, but the thing is I’m on top. I’m the one on top. They’re dropping my name. I don’t need no fake-ass piece of plastic. F*** that. I could fight and we could do a catchweight too. Everybody wants to do 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 beat somebody… If they make me an offer I can’t refuse [I’d fight at UFC 202]. But I doubt that’s going to happen. I’m over here, look at me right now – I don’t need nothing. I don’t owe nobody nothing. I don’t owe nobody s***.”
-Nick Diaz – eligible today to return after an 18-month suspension – talks to TMZ Sports about Tyron Woodley’s call-out and his thoughts about fighting again.
Penick’s Analysis: Diaz considers himself bigger than Woodley (he’s right from a name standpoint), and he’s right that he doesn’t have to do anything he doesn’t feel like doing. He and his brother realize at this point that if the UFC wants them on a card, the UFC needs them more than either of them need the UFC. While he shouldn’t be fighting for a title, it wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility for the UFC to book it anyway, but expect his return to come in an interesting matchup when they need him enough to pay him what he’ll accept.
[Photo (c) Jayne Kamin-Oncea via USA Today Sports]
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