Nick Diaz has not yet signed the fight agreement that will see him return to the Octagon at UFC 235 against Jorge Masvidal.
Rumours of a match-up between the two veterans have long been touted, and UFC president Dana White declared in his press conference after UFC 231 last week that the fight was done.
Now, Diaz has come out in defiance against White and the UFC denying that he accepted the fight and telling Ariel Helwani that the organisation are trying to ‘lowball’ him.
“I think it’s rude of the UFC to try and lowball me and expect me to negotiate a deal while I’m training for a fight,” Diaz said.
“It’s not gonna go down like that. If anybody wants to fight me they know where to find me. I’m not a hard guy to find. Come get some.
“I have a lot going on trying to manage a few different businesses. Once things make sense for everybody in that they actually have some fighters that they respect and I respect, we can try and come to a deal and do a show. That’s how I feel.”
It has been nearly four years since Diaz took on Anderson Silva in his last fight, however, the Stockon fighter revealed that he is not retired, and will return when the time is right.
“As soon as I am in a good place with what I’m working on and things look the way it should, I’ll be happy to give the fans what they need. But I think they will be OK for now with what’s out there. There aren’t any fights for me until someone stands out.
“I’ll fight if they can be more reasonable, but, really, I didn’t even talk about what it would or could [take]. They are the one’s tripping.”
The one person Diaz did not seem interested in fighting was welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. A fight between the pair had been viewed as a dream match-up, dating back to their Strikeforce days and Woodley has made no secret of his desire to fight Diaz.
“I’ll walk through Woodley,” Diaz said.
“He knows it. I didn’t need to say [in response to him]. That man has a life. I fight for one like I always have.”