Nate Diaz is asking for the UFC to make a welterweight struggle for him with Michael Chandler on July 30.
The Stockton, California native hasn’t fought since taking up Leon Edwards in July 2021, and with only one struggle left on his UFC deal, Diaz has been begging the promotion to let him into the octagon.
After UFC 274, Diaz tweeted: “July thirtieth 170lbs,” suggesting that’s the date he desires for his subsequent and at this charge, final UFC struggle.
Chandler scored one of many all-time nice knockouts at UFC 274 when he completed Tony Ferguson with a front-kick – UFC boss Dana White labelling it the ‘most vicious knockout I’ve ever seen.’
Driving the excessive of his sensational efficiency, Chandler took Diaz up on his provide.
“I’m there. Fast flip round. Spin your head on its axis. @natediaz209,” Chandler mentioned in reply to Diaz on Twitter.
Chandler posted once more: “Hey @natediaz209 …shut up and cease complaining. Maintain your mouth shut. Maintain your head down till your daddy books a struggle so that you can get your sacrificial dome bounced off the canvas once more.
“Perhaps it’ll be me…in case you’re fortunate. See you on the high!”
On Tuesday, Diaz addressed Chandler’s callout and informed the UFC to make it occur.
“UFC acquired me on ice for a 12 months now Chandler’s clearly able to struggle ship a contract it’s time.”
Diaz has been caught in a tough place for some time. He has been determined to struggle, however UFC clearly wish to maximise his worth together with his last struggle.
A struggle with Dustin Poirier – one thing each Poirier and Diaz needed – appeared within the offing for some time however for unknown causes, the UFC didn’t wish to make that match-up.
The UFC’s most well-liked match-up for Diaz has been Khamzat Chimaev, now the no.3 ranked welterweight on this planet.
The corporate sees Diaz as a probably big title scalp for his or her rising celebrity and it was pictured as tentatively deliberate for July 2.
White says that struggle is way from executed although and Diaz has publicly appeared disinterested.
“Yeah, a few of these (fights that had been on the board) are simply placeholders,” White mentioned throughout the UFC 274 post-fight information convention.
“So after we go in there, we’ll have placeholders in place. None of that stuff are executed offers. A few of these are simply placeholders. A few of them are executed, and a few of them aren’t.”
Diaz is 37 years previous and has solely fought thrice since his final encounter with Conor McGregor in 2016, shedding twice. Diaz is 20-13 total.
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