Former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz has been “retired” from mixed martial arts after suffering back-to-back losses to Carlos Condit and Georges St-Pierre, but he appeared open to a return over the weekend while talking to reporters backstage at UFC 170.
Diaz would be willing to return to the UFC to compete inside of the octagon, but only if he is able to get a crack at the title.
“I’ve been fighting for 11 years. I already did all those [contender] fights. I don’t have to take a warmup fight,” Diaz said, via FOX Sports. “Why would I take a warmup fight? To help somebody out? To bring them to my level? I’ve already been through all that and you still didn’t see me take an ass whipping.”
“I don’t care, I’m talking about a title fight matchup,” he said. “Bottom line, I’m the only draw here. Bottom line. We had like the third biggest [pay-per-view]. That wasn’t just because of Georges St-Pierre. And these guys aren’t doing that. People want to pay to see me fight, they want to see someone get knocked out or someone get tapped out, or they want to see me get my ass whooped like they’ve been waiting to see but they still don’t get to see.”
Unfortunately for Diaz, UFC president Dana White said that the Stockton native is not even in the title picture.
Without Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre for the foreseeable future, the UFC is in desperate need of a star. We will need to see the numbers from UFC 170 to see how Ronda Rousey can carry the torch, but there is no denying a Diaz return would be among the biggest fights of the year.
Perhaps a rematch with Georges St-Pierre or meeting with Anderson Silva when either man returns would be enough to get Diaz back to fighting.