The UFC either can’t take a hint, or they don’t truly believe Nick Diaz (pictured) is retired. During Wednesday’s Q&A session at Boston’s Barrio Cantina as part of a fundraising campaign for The Shawn Thornton Foundation, UFC president Dana White said they have presented Diaz with the opportunity to fight Lyoto Machida in a middleweight scrap.
“I talked to Diaz today, and I made him an offer, so we’ll see what happens,” White said (according to MMAJunkie). “He had been talking about going to 185 pounds. Machida has been talking about going to 185 pounds. So we wanted to see if he wanted to fight Machida at 185.”
As reported on Tuesday’s episode of “UFC Tonight,” White said they were trying to arrange a bout between Machida and fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort. However, White suggested today “The Phenom” wasn’t interested in that particular tango.
“I wanted Machida to fight Vitor Belfort, but Vitor Belfort is his own matchmaker, apparently,” White half-jokingly stated. “He wants to make his own fights.”
Strangely enough, just last month White claimed Diaz was no closer to returning than when he abruptly decided to hang up his MMA gloves (for the straight second time) after a championship affair.
Diaz initially announced his retirement after losing a controversial decision to Carlos Condit for the interim welterweight title at UFC 143, a bout Diaz was positive he had won. Many pundits believed he would return after the disappointment from the judges’ verdict dissipated.
He had 12 months to mull it over and couldn’t pass up the chance to come back to challenge reigning 170-pound king Georges St-Pierre for this throne in March. Most believe Mr. 209 will likely come out of retirement again after getting trounced by GSP, and it also appears White isn’t quite ready to give up Diaz.
“They said they’d get back to me,” White concluded.
Stay tuned, but it might be a while since Diaz is on Stockton time…