Nate Diaz Reacts to Tony Ferguson Pulling Out of UFC 223

It’s been a crazy week for the UFC so far and we are only in the early hours of Monday morning. Unfortunately, the news of Tony Ferguson’s injury was not an April fools joke…

As the internet was flooded with fake news in the usual joke-filled April fools day, one breaking story was sadly real. Lightweight interim (?) champion Tony Ferguson was again scheduled to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov this weekend until the worst happened.

You couldn’t have picked a more ironic time for the fight to fall apart. Ferguson allegedly injured himself falling over in the street, with the fallout adding yet more confusion to the already chaotic lightweight division.

Max Holloway steps in to face Nurmagomedov on short notice, with the lightweight title still on the line. The featherweight champion has the opportunity to become the second champion to hold two belts at the same time.

His old rival Conor McGregor was, of course, the first UFC champion to achieve this record.

Lightweight Title Remains on The Line

Amid the madness, Conor McGregor was reportedly nowhere to be found. UFC president Dana White has since said he wouldn’t have asked McGregor to step in on such short notice anyway.

Ferguson goes from the unfortunate situation of winning the interim belt to kinda being promoted to full champion, to now being another hungry contender.

Where Nate Diaz is concerned, the fact Ferguson can’t make it to UFC 223 is quite humorous:


Much like McGregor, Diaz has been absent from the sport of MMA for some time now. Although he remains active in terms of commenting on the current news at 155 pounds, there’s no update on his previous announcement of a comeback in 2018.

With McGregor reportedly ‘unreachable’ as a UFC 223 replacement, as well as being indefinitely inactive too, the latest situation with UFC 223 is anything but promising.

Diaz did have a few more words after the news broke that Holloway would receive a lightweight title shot this weekend:

All Talk?

As Diaz continues to troll from his mobile device, the question remains as to his own return to fighting. Having already turned down fights with Tyron Woodley and Tony Ferguson, according to Dana White, will the McGregor trilogy be the only scrap that tempts Diaz back to the octagon?

With so many people wanting to welcome ‘The Notorious’ back to MMA, including Floyd Mayweather (*sigh*), Diaz might find himself waiting for some time.

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