UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley and Nate Diaz were rumored to be fighting this December at UFC 219.
Diaz reportedly asked for $15 million for the fight and Woodley claims the fighter used a high number as a way to duck the potential bout.
“It seems like him saying no without saying no,” Woodley said on MMA Junkie Radio. “It seems like he was saying, ‘I’m scared, homie,’ without saying, ‘I’m scared, homie.'”
Woodley has now opted to get shoulder surgery since the fight hasn’t come to fruition and he will compete again in 2018.
The UFC Welterweight Champion is stumped at Diaz’s asking price for the proposed fight, especially since the Stockton native accepted far less for other fights.
“He’s never made $15 million to fight,” Woodley said. “I don’t know if he has amnesia, but before he was fighting Conor McGregor, he beat Michael Johnson for $16,000 (to show) and $16,000 (to win). After two fights with Conor, you think he’s going to make $15 million to fight me? I’m not even Conor. He’s not going to make that to fight Conor. That’s like me saying, ‘Yeah, I’ll fight Stipe Miocic right now. Sign me up. I’ll fight him.’ How much you need? ’30 million.’ I know I’m not going to get $30 million.”