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Nick Diaz is on his way back, but he'll have to spend some coin before he steps back inside the Octagon.

MMA Junkie's Steven Marrocco says Diaz owes some money to the regulators.

Diaz's 18-month suspension ended recently which means he's back in the UFC picture. New UFC Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley called Diaz out after Woodley KO'd Robbie Lawler.

Woodley says he wants to give Diaz a shot first.

But Diaz is falling for it.

Here's what he said in response to Woodley's challenge, according to

"We're going to have to see, sit down and have a look at what fans want to see," Diaz said. "I'm on top right now. I'm on top of this game. There ain't no 'giving' me a shot. I'm giving somebody a shot. If anybody's getting a shot, somebody's getting a shot against me, because I'm the guy to beat. These guys aren't doing any money fighting each other, and until they do some money fighting each other, I'm not interested. I'm looking for the right guy to make the right show, do the right numbers. Then we can talk.

Diaz knows that his fights are money fights that will draw big on PPV so he may be playing a little bit coy before accepting Woodley's challenge. Woodley was relatively unknown to the mainstream audience before his upset victory over Lawler.

In any case, before Diaz steps back inside the cage, it appears as though he will need to cough up some money. Maybe he will just build the cost into his contract negotiations with the UFC.

(image courtesy MMA Weekly)


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