Former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz, one of the more polarizing figures in the sport today, has commented on his future in MMA. Nick will indeed continue to compete in MMA, he and his team will be meeting with Dana White on August 6 to determine his next move.
Diaz infamously “retired” from the sport after a controversial decision loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 in February. The retirement lasted until “The Kid From Stockton” was granted an immediate rematch with the newly crowned interim UFC Welterweight Champion. It was all for naught, however, as Diaz would eventually have the fight ripped away from him behind a failed post-fight drug test, testing positive for marijuana metabolites.
The Cesar Gracie product would try to appeal to the Nevada State Athletic Commission in May, but it proved to be futile as his retroactive one-years suspension stood. Gracie stated that they have taken the matter to court, and if things go their way, Nick should be back in the cage by the end of the year.
Diaz also ostensibly has his sights on a new opponent, strangely enough, in UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. The big announcement is that he plans on asking for a fight with The Spider.
Nick has stated that he would like to take fights “that matter”. Since GSP will be fighting Condit, he has to look elsewhere. He will respectfully ask for a fight with Anderson Silva, a fighter he respects and would like to challenge.
Silva’s camp has been speaking of a fight with GSP, possibly even at a catch weight. Nick will take that fight in a minute but has told me that should Silva decide not to drop at all, he will move up to 185lbs to face the Champ.