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Report | Nate Diaz vs. Tyron Woodley in the works for UFC 219

Report | Nate Diaz vs. Tyron Woodley in the works for UFC 219

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley could potentially be defending his title against Nate Diaz at UFC 219.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Earlier today’s Chris Taylor confirmed that Nate Diaz had started a new fight camp and was closing in on a deal which would see him return at the December 30 event in Las Vegas.

This evening MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed that a bout between Woodley and Diaz was being discussed by UFC officials but that no deal has been reached as of yet.

Nate Diaz has not competed since UFC 202 where he suffered a majority decision loss to current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in a bout contested at welterweight.

“The Stockton Slugger” had previously defeated “Mystic Mac” at UFC 196 by way of second-round submission (rear-naked choke).

Meanwhile, Tyron Woodley was most recently seen in action at July’s UFC 214 event in Anaheim, where he successfully defended his title against submission specialist Demian Maia.

“T-Wood” has gone 5-0-1 over his past six octagon appearances scoring wins over Dong Hyun Kim, Kelvin Gastelum, Robbie Lawler, Stephen Thompson and the aforementioned Demian Maia in that time.

Tyron Woodley Stephen Thompson

Woodley’s last loss came way back at UFC 174 in June of 2014 when he was outpointed by former title challenger Rory MacDonald.

Who do you think will emerge victorious if Tyron Woodley and Nate Diaz square off for the welterweight title at UFC 219 on December 30 in Las Vegas?

VIDEO | Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 2 (Free Fight)

VIDEO | Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 2 (Free Fight)

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Current UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and perennial lightweight contender Nate Diaz squared off for a second time in the main event of UFC 202 this past August in Las Vegas.

The Diaz vs. McGregor rematch lived up to the massive hype as the bitter rivals went to war for twenty-five minutes, with Conor McGregor eventually being award a majority decision win from the judges working the event.

The bout was awarded “fight of the night” honors at the UFC 202 post-fight press conference and is thought by many to be a “fight of the year” candidate.

In the pairs first encounter at UFC 196, the “Stockton Slugger” was able to score a second-round submission victory over “Mystic Mac”, this after taking the bout on extremely short-notice.

Nate Diaz

Many fans are hopeful that UFC officials will eventually put together a third and deciding fight between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor.

However, that trilogy bout will have to wait, as Conor McGregor is currently set to headline UFC 205 in New York opposite lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.

If McGregor can defeat Alvarez at the famed Madison Square Garden Arena, he would become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts simultaneously.

The brash Irish superstar has gone 8-1 during his UFC career, scoring stoppage victories in six of those eight wins.

Meanwhile, Nate Diaz has gone on record as saying that the only fight which will bring him back in to the octagon is a trilogy bout with Conor McGregor.

Following their epic battle at UFC 202 in Las Vegas, Conor McGregor stated that if he were to do a trilogy bout with Nate Diaz it would take place at 155-pounds, this after their first two encounters took place at welterweight (170-pounds).

Who do you think would emerge victorious if and when Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz square off for a third time?

Conor McGregor weighs in on a potential trilogy bout with Nate Diaz

Conor McGregor weighs in on a potential trilogy bout with Nate Diaz

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Most fight fans would love to see a trilogy bout between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz put together by UFC officials.

The rivals first met at March’s UFC 196 event in Las Vegas, this after Nate Diaz stepped up on short-notice to fill in for Rafael dos Anjos (the promotions lightweight champion at the time), who was forced to pull out of his scheduled super-fight with Conor McGregor due to an injury.

The bout took place in the UFC’s welterweight division of 170-pounds, as Diaz did not have the necessary time to cut down to his usual weight class of lightweight (155-pounds).

Nate would ultimately shock the world in the headliner of March’s UFC 196 event as he was able to score a second-round submission (rear-naked choke) victory over Conor McGregor, marking the first loss of “Mystic Mac’s” UFC career.

Nate Diaz

Following his first career setback under the Zuffa fight banner, Conor McGregor became admittedly obsessed with avenging his loss to Nate and so the pair were eventually scheduled to rematch in the headliner of UFC 202 this past August in Las Vegas.

There second encounter turned out to be nothing short of a war, as Diaz and McGregor duked it out for five rounds in a back and forth blood spattering affair.

In the end, Conor McGregor was awarded a majority decision from the judges, thus evening up the score between himself and the “Stockton Slugger”.

The current UFC featherweight champion, McGregor, did a Facebook interview with The LAD Bible on Friday and was asked if he thought a potential trilogy fight with Nate Diaz might happen. Conor responded with the following:

“I think potentially so. The more I think about it Nate is going to be… There was a lot of damage done to Nathan in that last fight. You know looking at his face it just didn’t look the same. I know those close to him will understand what I am talking about. So there could be a potential fight maybe down the line for the lightweight belt after I win this one. To see him have to make the weight. And then to see the damage that he took in the last fight and then come in at a much lower weight.. It wouldn’t end good for him. So I’d imagine and I would probably hope that his people close to him would stop him from doing it. It’s done now. Cash your money and bounce.”

What do you think of the statements made by Conor McGregor regarding Nate Diaz?

Anthony Pettis has two opponents in mind if Jose Aldo is retiring

Anthony Pettis has two opponents in mind if Jose Aldo is retiring

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis was hoping to score a title fight with current interim UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

However, after news broke that Eddie Alvarez would be defending his lightweight strap against current featherweight champion Conor McGregor at November’s highly anticipated UFC 205 in New York, a frustrated Aldo announced that he was done with fighting and requested his release from the UFC.

“Showtime” was a guest on tonight’s episode of UFC Tonight where he suggested two different opponent options for his next fight, this if Jose Aldo was in fact set on retirement. His words:

Anthony Pettis was last seen in action at August’s UFC on FOX event in Vancouver, Canada, where he scored a third-round submission victory over a very game Charles Oliveira. The fight marked Anthony’s featherweight debut and the result quickly moved “Showtime” up the 145-pound ranks.

Pettis Oliveira staredown

Prior to his victory over “Do Bronx”, Pettis had suffered three-straight setbacks at 155-pounds, dropping decisions to Rafael dos Anjos, current lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, and rising contender Edson Barboza respectively.

In Max Holloway, Pettis would be looking to score a fight with the featherweight divisions top contender. “Blessed” is currently riding a jaw-dropping nine-fight win streak, his latest being a decision victory over former 145-pound title challenger Ricardo Lamas at UFC 199 in June.

Prior to outpointing Lamas, Holloway had scored victories over Jeremy Stephens, Charles Oliveira and Cub Swanson. The Hawaiian’s last setback came in August of 2013, when he dropped a decision to Conor McGregor at UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston.

The other opponent “Showtime” has in mind is none other than the “Stockton Slugger” Nate Diaz. The former lightweight title challenger (Diaz) is coming off a majority decision loss to Conor McGregor in the headlining bout of August’s UFC 202 event in Las Vegas.

Prior to the setback, Diaz had scored a shocking second-round submission victory over “Mystic Mac” at UFC 196 this past March, this after taking the bout on very short-notice.

Who would you rather see Anthony Pettis square off with in his next octagon appearance, Nate Diaz or Max Holloway?