There have been plenty of rumours and speculation going on about the potential return of MMA superstar Nick Diaz to the octagon. There has been a long list of potential opponents for him. However, nothing has yet been confirmed. Former UFC middleweight champion has joined the list of potential opponents for Diaz and “The Count” has now stated that he’ll be down for a fight with Diaz at 195 pounds.
Bisping recently made an appearance on MMA Fighting’s, The MMA Hour. He talked about his next fight and revealed that he is “probably retired”. While discussing his potentially last fight for the UFC, he claimed that he is ready to fight Diaz at a catch-weight of 195 pounds. Here’s what he had to say:
No, I’m not fighting Nick Diaz at all, it’s total bulls**t. I haven’t spoken to the UFC about anything. They haven’t come to me. I’m probably retired, I just haven’t made it official.
It’s bulls**t. I haven’t heard a single thing. The UFC haven’t reached out, management haven’t reached out, no one has said anything. As I said, I haven’t made my mind up completely but I’m very, very close to retirement.
I’m probably retired, I know I’m driving everyone crazy with this. Certainly reporters ask me all the time but I don’t know. If something comes along, great but I need to make my mind up and make that official and move on with the rest of my life or get a fight. I was supposed to fight in London, it never happened. Book me a fight and let’s go. If not, f**k it, let’s move on.
Here’s the thing, Nick Diaz is one of the legends of the sport. Nick Diaz is someone that I definitely respect and if there was a possibility of that fight, then for sure I would accept it. People would want to see that. The only issue is that if I do fight [again] I want it at 205 [pounds] and I don’t think Nick would do 205. Making 185 for the last 10 years has been so hard. Making 185 is not an easy task, not an easy task at all, so if I’m going to fight one more time, it’s gonna be at light heavyweight. Or I’d do a catchweight, maybe at 195 or whatever but making 185 for me is too hard. So if Nick would be willing to come up, I’ll do it. I’ll accept. I’m down. I’m in. Sign me up.