Although there was talk not long ago about the possibility of Nick Diaz fighting Michael Bisping, and before that, there were reports the fighter was interested in returning, it doesn’t look like the renowned welterweight will be fighting any time soon.
UFC boss man Dana White was reportedly asked about Diaz’s situation, following UFC Fight Night 32 last night, and the ZUFFA exec stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I offered Nick Diaz a fight last week and his manager called me back saying he’s retired”
White’s comments come not long after Fighters Only Magazine ran a story about Diaz, which includes extensive comments from the fighter regarding his future. According to Diaz, he is still interested in fighting, but it would have to be against a big name opponent and for much more money. Here is some of what the polarizing fighter had to say in the report:
“They are talking about there’s nobody to fight him after this,” Diaz said, while referring to George St. Pierre and his upcoming bout with Johny Hendricks. “I’ll make a joke out of that real quick – I think there’s nobody on my level really. I don’t want to name names but that’s how I feel. So I feel like if the fans want to see me fight…”
“Well we could negotiate. I am a pretty big draw. So we would have to negotiate a pretty decent amount of pay and a pretty decent amount from the pay-per-view. I’m talking like three to five dollars [per PPV unit sold] the same as these other important fighters are getting, because I am out there putting on a show,” he says.
“Some of those guys are making way more money than what my contract is worth. I’m not making a fraction of it. And I don’t want you to think I am just regurgitating some [rumors] here. I understand what I understand, I hear what I hear.”
Diaz also noted in the interview that he believes GSP will defeat Hendricks at UFC 167. Interesting. As far his future in fighting, unless something changes, clearly it could be a while before Diaz fights again.
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