On Wednesday, Mookie Alexander discussed how Nate Diaz could have been a viable option for the UFC to call in if Jose Aldo pulled out of his main event slot with Conor McGregor at UFC 189. Although the UFC have confirmed Jose Aldo's rib injury is not as serious as initially suspected, there's still a chance the Brazilian could pull out at the last minute - a chance that Chad Mendes is waiting to capitalize on.
Mendes will be waiting in Las Vegas on standby if 'Scarface' withdraws from UFC 189, but it seems the former featherweight title challenger wasn't the only candidate the UFC shortlisted. According to Nate Diaz, the UFC contacted him as a potential replacement for Jose Aldo. The 209'er first sent out this tweet, but shortly deleted it on Tuesday evening:
Earlier today, the Stockton menace sent out another tweet revealing that the UFC contacted him via phone:
Don't get it twisted they called me ..— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) June 25, 2015
Ariel Helwani also confirmed Diaz's statement by retweeting it on his own Twitter account.
Although Conor McGregor is meant to be challenging for the featherweight title, it seems the Irishman and the UFC were interested in his temporary move to 155 lbs. to entertain in a trash-talking slugfest with Nate Diaz. Diaz last fought current lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 13 in 2014 and has seemed disinterested in the sport since losing to the Brazilian.
McGregor is still expected to lock horns with Aldo for the official featherweight title on July 11, but should the champ pull out, the Irishman will battle with Chad Mendes for the interim championship instead.