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Tyron Woodley: I'll fight Nate Diaz at UFC 219 if he wants to fight me

With a little over six weeks to go until UFC 219, the UFC remains in need of a headliner for its year-end pay-per-view event in Las Vegas.

Could Tyron Woodley vs. Nate Diaz be it?

BJPenn.com first reported Tuesday that Diaz started training camp for a fight. On Wednesday, ESPN.com reported that the UFC has looked into the possibility of booking a welterweight title fight between champ Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) and Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC).

According to ESPN, Woodley’s original plan following his most recent title defense against Demian Maia in July was to take off the rest of 2017 to nurse a shoulder injury. But it seems he’s willing to make an exception for a showdown with Diaz.

“If Nate wants to go (at) UFC 219, I’m ready,” Woodley said.

Woodley has defended his belt twice this year, first winning a majority decision in a rematch with Stephen Thompson at UFC 209 and then taking a unanimous decision from Maia in a lackluster affair at UFC 214. Woodley has campaigned recently for “money” fights, which a bout with Diaz would constitute.

Diaz’s future has remained uncertain while he’s seemingly held out for a third fight with lightweight champion Conor McGregor. Diaz submitted McGregor in their first fight last year at UFC 196 but lost the rematch via majority decision at UFC 202 and hasn’t fought in nearly 15 months since.

In the way of a potential trilogy is interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson, who could be next in line for McGregor to unify the title. Diaz was offered an interim title fight with Ferguson earlier this year but backed out after initially accepting. Diaz has claimed it would take a huge amount of money to get him back in the octagon.

Could a shot at Woodley’s title entice him?

For more on UFC 219, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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