Diaz saw out his UFC contract by taking on Tony Ferguson, a last-minute replacement for Khamzat Chimaev, in the main event of UFC 279 on 10 September.
American Diaz submitted his compatriot in the fourth round to exit the UFC with a win, saying in his post-fight interview: “I wanna get out [of] the UFC for a minute and show all these other fighters how to own up another sport. Then I’m gonna be right back here to get a motherf*****g UFC title.”
In the lead-up to UFC 279, Diaz revealed plans to launch his own fight promotion, and the 37-year-old took to Twitter on Wednesday (21 September) to make an unusual call-out, as he addressed Hollywood actor and former WWE star Johnson.
“Im [sic] only going to fight the rock. Otherwise I’m goood [sic],” Diaz tweeted.
Ahead of UFC 279, Diaz had long waited for the promotion to organise a final fight for him and had repeatedly asked to be released by the UFC.
After trading wins with former UFC champion Conor McGregor in 2016, Diaz fought just four times – including his clash with Ferguson – to round out his deal with the company.
Many fans have called for a trilogy bout between Diaz and McGregor over the last six years, though it is unclear how the fight would come to fruition without Diaz returning to the UFC.