Dana White: Nate Diaz Can't Save UFC 222, 'Doesn't Want To Fight'

Dana White: Nate Diaz Can't Save UFC 222, 'Doesn't Want To Fight'

UFC President Dana White sounds off on Nate Diaz's willingness to save March 3's UFC 222 fight card, and it doesn't sound too optimistic.

Feb 6, 2018 by Hunter Homistek
Dana White: Nate Diaz Can't Save UFC 222, 'Doesn't Want To Fight'

Following featherweight champion Max Holloway's withdrawal from UFC 222 due to a leg injury, the UFC has been left scrambling to find a main event for its March 3 show at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. 

One name that journalists and fight fans immediately turned to as a potential man to save the card was none other than Nate Diaz. 

In a text message to the Los Angeles Times, Diaz said he's “100%" interested in stepping in for Holloway in the main event, but he has no interest in a potential fight with former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. 

So who would Diaz fight? That seems to be the issue. 

UFC president Dana White also spoke to the LA Times, saying that Diaz’s pickiness and unwillingness to accept offers is why he has been absent from the cage.

"[Diaz] doesn't want to fight,” White said. "We have made around five or six fights in the last six months and he has turned them all down. Alvarez, (Justin) Gaethje, (Edson) Barboza and (interim lightweight champion Tony) Ferguson multiple times."

On short notice, it’s unlikely that Diaz will be willing to cut to lightweight, and that sets up a problem for UFC matchmakers. The obvious choice for Diaz would be a trilogy fight with Conor McGregor, but no one seems to know if or when the Irishman will return to the Octagon.

So while Diaz is interested in stepping up to save the day, it’s going to take the right offer to get him to make the walk on March 3. 

By Josh Sanchez