Dana White: Nick Diaz vs. Lyoto Machida ‘Was a Bad Idea’

Written by Tom Ngo
August 18th, 2013

UFC Nick Diaz

Remember just three days ago when UFC president Dana White claimed they were trying to arrange a middleweight scrap between Nick Diaz (pictured) and Lyoto Machida? Well, please erase that fictitious fight from your memory bank.

“That was a bad idea, the Diaz-Machida thing was,” White said following Saturday’s post-fight press conference. “I’ll throw [UFC matchmaker Joe Silva] under the bus again. That was Joe Silva’s idea. It was a bad idea.”

Diaz abruptly hung up his MMA gloves for the second time after losing to reigning UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre in March. Did Diaz decline the bout because he wants to remain retired?

“Diaz didn’t turn it down,” White vaguely stated. “There’s other things going on with Diaz. There’s other things going on with Diaz.”

When White was later asked to expand upon Diaz’s situation, he declined.

Diaz owns a respectable 26-9 (1 NC) professional record. However, he lost an interim title fight to Carlos Condit and than a championship affair to GSP in his last two outings. A 12-month marijuana suspension was sandwiched between the fights.

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