Coach: Diaz wants $15 million to fight Woodley
Nate Diaz’s head trainer Richard Perez appeared recently on Submission Radio and said his fighter should get $15 million to fight UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. The coach also said he doesn’t think it will happen at the league’s massive year-end show, UFC 219 on December 30.
“I don’t think so,” said Perez. “The UFC doesn’t want to give Nathan the money. You know, cause what Woodley’s trying to do, he’s trying to get his name up there and he wants to fight the best, so he wants to fight Nathan. But UFC doesn’t want to pay Nathan, so why fight him? We can fight McGregor [instead].”
“I saw Woodley talking the other day about Nathan being scared, ‘scared homie’ you know. It’s not all about that, because Nathan ain’t scared to fight nobody, it’s the money, and Dana White and the UFC doesn’t want to pay him. But he deserves it.”
“It can pop right up tomorrow and say, ‘Yeah they’re fighting, they’re giving him what he wants.’ But maybe not. Cause, I know they want a main event and they’re trying really hard, but they have to cough up the money. They’re being too greedy with the money right now, it’s hurting a lot of fighters.”
“15 million easy. Easy. Cause, I mean, he’s a star right now. I mean, McGregor can’t even fight right now, he got suspended. And Woodley’s trying to fight everybody. He says McGregor doesn’t want to fight him. He’s naming all these people that don’t want to fight him, you know, cause he’s trying to get his name, he’s trying to get up there, and nobody wants to. I mean, he’s got the belt. So what? The belt don’t mean nothing anymore. It’s about who you’re fighting to make the money.”
“And it’s worth it because Woodley wants to get his name out there, he wants to fight the best so he can be noticed. Right now, he’s not really getting a lot of publicity like Nathan does with the people, you know, the crowd. Whether they like you or they hate you, they want to see Nathan. So that’s what he’s going for.”
“Everybody wants to see McGregor and Nathan. Woodley is out of the picture. I mean, he’s just blubbering now and talking cause he wants to get noticed, he wants to be up there in top too. I don’t blame him, that’s normal for a fighter cause he has the belt. He thinks the belt’s important, it’s not right now, it’s about who you’re fighting. That’s why he’s trying to get Nathan, he’s trying to get McGregor. But what everybody wants to really see is McGregor and Nathan. That’s all I ever hear. That’s the fight, that’s the best fight to watch right now. You know, cause the last two fights were great, so the third one has to finish. We have to find out the outcome of that one. So that’s where it should be at now.”
The coach also said his fighter is tired of taking fights on short notice and they want a minimum of two months, but ideally three to prepare. But if Woodley and Diaz do fight, the coach says his guy will stand up to ‘The Chosen One’ and his endurance, reach, and speed will ultimately prevail.