The return of Stockton’s own Nick Diaz has been the talk of the town ever since his exit from the sport in 2015. After a ‘no-contest’ bout with Anderson Silva, Diaz tested positive for marijuana, further receiving a $165,000 fine and a five-year suspension. UFC president Dana White announced a ‘supposed’ return of the Stockton slugger at UFC 235 on March 2nd against Jorge Masvidal, but this rumor was almost immediately turned down by Diaz.
Following the scrapping of the Masvidal fight over financial disagreements, Diaz confessed of the UFC trying to ‘lowball’ him. He soon took his case to Instagram, openly admitting being interested with Bellator over the UFC, and as a result, teasing a return. However, there has been no update from Diaz on the matter, subsequently leaving fans in a similar state of anticipation.
During a recent UFC 234 post-fight presser with MMAJunkie, long-time Octagon rival of Diaz, Anderson Silva, was seen fancying his chances with a possible rematch. Silva confessed to speaking with Diaz’s manager and said that Diaz, was in fact, potentially interested. This past Monday, Nick Diaz once again reopened the possibilities of a speculative return to the Octagon after posting the following on Instagram.
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I’m no role model, I’m 35 years old, but I definitely wouldn’t advise anybody to take a fight for less than their worth or fight for free. Which is practically what I would be doing at this point in taking a fight with some of these guys that are not on my level. Nor would I be within my moral ethics to even do that aside from you not painting me as a role model. If there was an offer I couldn’t refuse, things would be different. Until they are – I’d like to continue to think I’ve been fighting to make the world a better place, but until I can continue to do that: “I don’t want to hurt nobody, I just want to party.” 🍻🙏🏼🥋 Cc: @ufc @nick_diaz_academy @natediaz209 @riokid @thefloridaboy @bellatormma @tmz_tv @mmajunkiedotcom @mariolopez @arielhelwani @foursigmatic
With the return of Nick Diaz being dependant on a slightly more appealing offer from the UFC, it will be worthwhile to wait for the promotion’s response. Both parties will have to meet on common grounds, making a rematch against Anderson Silva seem like a perfect solution.