White, who himself made it known last week that the UFC had offered the fight to bout men, stated over the weekend during his post-fight media scrum that it is no longer on the table.
“It was a bad idea,” White admitted. “Diaz didn’t turn it down. There’s other things going on with Diaz (right now).”
Diaz, a former No. 1 contender and ex-Strikeforce champion, announced his retirement – again – following a loss to Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight title earlier this year. He started up his own promotion, WAR MMA, and ran a card.
Machida, meanwhile, appears set to head down to middleweight following his recent loss to Phil Davis. He also put his name in the hat to face Chael Sonnen if the American needs an opponent.