Over the weekend, news emerged that Dana White had offered Nate Diaz a fight with Eddie Alvarez.
A Nate Diaz vs Eddie Alvarez bout would carry a lot of story-lines and almost certainly draw huge interest from even the most casual MMA fan. However, in keeping with his recent stance of not fighting anyone but Conor McGregor, the younger Diaz brother seems to have no interest in the bout.
Speaking about Nate’s future over the weekend, Dana White said that he was trying to get the 31-year-old back in the octagon but that it was proving extremely difficult.
“We just offered Nate Diaz a fight, and we’re waiting to hear back from him, so we’ll see…”
“The most difficult to get into the octagon? Right now, it’s the Diaz brothers – right here, right now,” White said. “But throughout history? I don’t know.”
Nate quickly responded to White’s offer on Twitter by laughing it off as an insult. However, when one considers the following interview from June of 2015, Diaz’s current stance seems a little ironic.
At UFC 188, Eddie Alvarez won a split decision victory over one of Nate’s team members, Gilbert Melendez. However, Nate did not believe that the decision was correct and speaking about the fight, the Stockton man challenged Alvarez to take him on next.
“But that little b*tch [Alvarez] said he wanted to see me next too, so what’s up then? Now he’s gonna run off and hide…”
“If one of you guys wants to man up – Anthony Pettis. Little f*cking Eddie Alvarez, any of you guys want to man up and fight the real fighter then, we could get it. But I don’t think anybody wants that. And Gilbert won so, f*ck you Eddie.”
With Alvarez now seemingly ready and willing to take the bout and Diaz backing out, it seems he should listen to his own words and ‘man up’. When one considers the fact that Conor McGregor is now openly chasing a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, it may well be that Nate Diaz is waiting for a trilogy fight that will never happen.