Having lost three of his last four bouts, veteran Nate Diaz (pictured) is in no position to choose who he wants next. On the flipside, it appears he is in a position to choose who he doesn’t want next.
Just six days after the UFC announced Diaz would battle Matt Brown at UFC 189, and five days after Diaz claimed to be “shocked” by his next assignment because he was under the impression Anthony Pettis was next, the scrap has been scrapped.
“Fight against @NateDiaz209 isn’t happening,” Brown tweeted late Tuesday night. “I’ll update you guys soon as I get the word on opponent/date/ thanks for the support as always!
“By the way I like watching Diaz fight lw’s I wish him the best of luck in the future and I’ll be watching every time he fights.”
As for the reason the welterweight affair was canceled, Brown told FoxSports.com it was because “[Diaz] didn’t sign the contract.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time Diaz has reportedly refused a fight. Prior to ending his 11-month layoff in a lopsided loss to now-lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in November, UFC president Dana White claimed Diaz continued to decline opponents in an attempt to renegotiate his contract.
If Diaz had his heart set on facing Pettis, that ship has sailed. The UFC announced yesterday that “Showtime” will co-headline UFC on FOX 16 against Myles Jury.
UFC 189 goes down July 11 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here is that card’s current lineup.
John Hathaway vs. Gunnar Nelson
Mike Swick vs. Alex Garcia
Brandon Thatch vs. John Howard
Dennis Bermudez vs. Jeremy Stephens
Rory MacDonald vs. Robbie Lawler (UFC welterweight champion)
Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo (UFC fetherweight champion)