Tyron Woodley, a UFC welterweight champion who has been campaigning for a fight with Nate Diaz for many months. Yesterday Woodley once again expressed his interest in a lightweight contender.
No doubt today, Nate Diaz also confirmed his shared interest in facing welterweight champion Tyron Woodley sometime this year.
Former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos who is 3-0 after moving up to 170 pounds and recently scores an impressive win over Robbie Lawler in December and feels he is next in line for a title shot.
No 1. contender Dos Anjos blasted, Woodley, said he is only seeking money fights and his recent interest in fighting with Nate Diaz doesn’t make any sense. (via MMAFighting)
“Tyron Woodley is only thinking about money. Of course that everybody wants to make money and needs money, but he’s running away from logic. He’s trying to force his hand and making a fight that makes no sense.”
Rafael dos Anjos doesn’t believe Nate Diaz should be anywhere near a welterweight title shot – least of all ahead of him. Moreover, Dos Anjos dominated Diaz to a unanimous decision win back in a 2014 catchweight bout, this should come as no surprise.
“He can’t fight in this weight class, and Woodley is trying to force this fight,” dos Anjos said. “(Woodley) was willing to fight Nate Diaz while injured, needing to undergo surgery, because he knows it’s an easy fight and he can win without one arm. I think it’s wrong to hold the entire division like this.”
“He’s trying to get an easy fight and stay on his TV and radio shows as a champion, he wants this status,” he continued. “He doesn’t want to fight someone motivated as myself, someone on a roll. He wants to fight someone that will bring him money. Nate Diaz is more popular than me. I’ve achieved more things than him in my career, but Nate Diaz is more popular, so if this fight happens now it’s not about who deserves it more, but who’s more popular. He definitely wants an easier fight.”
Dos Anjos believes after submitting Robbie Lawler; technically he should be next for title shot.
“I’ve earned it,” he said. “I’ve heard Dana White two or three times on free TV say that I’m next, and my fight with Lawler was promoted as winner fights for the belt. I don’t think it makes any sense that a win who never won at welterweight to jump the line like this. I don’t think it makes any sense.”
On being asked about interim title belt, if Woodley faced Nate Diaz. Something which he not responsive to entertaining even though he would fight again.
“No. Enough of interim belts,” he said. “I think that if Diaz vs. Woodley happens, it’s for the belt. An interim belt (would make sense) if the champion wasn’t fighting. But that would be a joke. … I want to fight for the belt. That’s what I was promised. But if this guy wants to sit on his belt and not fight, I have kids to raise, family to support, so I’d definitely take another fight.”
In reality, Rafael Dos Anjos plans to fight sometime this summer probably on May 12, UFC 224 main event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But he certainly knows this is off a table.
“Tyron Woodley and I in Brazil would be great, but the guy doesn’t want to fight me here, in his home, imagine in Rio,” dos Anjos said. “He would never accept something like that as a champion. And I don’t even think he would be healthy to fight in May — unless the UFC pays him very well, because that’s what he’s really going after now: money.”
@TWooodley man up and stop talk about fight that make no sense, everyone know that I'm the real contender. You want to fight a guy that has never beat a real welterweight in his whole life. Shame on you…
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) February 7, 2018
Tyron Woodley wasted no time and responds back to Dos Anjos.
I’m not his friend, family or anything close. I’m his foe. Could give a care less about his patience. I’ll deal with him after I finish my scrap with @NateDiaz209 go fight Qweefington if you are impatient and bored https://t.co/Yh4ZS7BGTi
— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) February 7, 2018