<div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=448939" target="_blank"> Barboza manager: Nate Diaz declined fight </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=448939" ><img class="photo" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=100&q=75&x=21&y=7&w=310&h=165&ro=0&s=edson-barboza-11-23-2014-23-14-17-870.jpg" /></a> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div> <p>Edson Barboza's manager recently spoke with <a href="https://twitter.com/guicruzzz" target="_blank">Guilherme Cruz</a> for <a href="http://www.mmafighting.com/2014/12/3/7319661/manager-nate-diaz-declined-to-fight-edson-barboza-in-the-ufc" target="_blank">MMAFighting</a> and said that Nate Diaz declined a fight with his client, but they hope the fight can be made in the future.</p>
"He was supposed to fight Nate Diaz, but Nate didn’t accept the fight," said Davis.
"We won’t look to opponents now. We have to beat anyone they put in front of us. Whatever they do, we will fight and win. We won’t call this or that guy out."
"There’s Rafael dos Anjos vs. Nate Diaz and a few other good fights now, so (Barboza) should fight the winner of one of them next. I think that (Diaz) would be an interesting fight to promote Barboza in the media because (Barboza) doesn’t talk too much, so a fight with Nate Diaz would be good in that sense, but Bobby Green was also a great fight.
"There are many guys in this division, many tough fights. We’ll have Melendez vs. Pettis now, and there’s Nurmagomedov, Trujillo and many other fighters, and (Barboza) can beat every single one of them."
"I believe he has everything to become the UFC lightweight champion. I know what he’s capable of. He became a top MMA fighter, and this is the best moment of his career. I’m really confident."
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