Nick Diaz (pictured) has given no indication that he wants to cut his retirement short, yet the UFC continues to present him with fights. UFC president Dana White revealed Saturday that he wanted Diaz to return to MMA and rematch Carlos Condit.
“I was trying to make Carlos Condit vs. Nick Diaz, and Nick Diaz turned the fight down tonight. He doesn’t want it,” White said at the UFC on FOX 9 post-fight press conference. “You know Nick, he doesn’t want it. I thought that he wanted the rematch, #10 vs. #1, if he won that fight he’d be in a position to … He said, ‘No, I’m not interested.’
“He said maybe he’s thinking about coming back in May.”
White vague stated he was “working on something for Condit” during Friday’s special conference call – you know, the one where Georges St-Pierre vacated his welterweight crown to “take a break” from MMA – and now we know what the big secret was. Unfortunately for White, it didn’t work out for him.
Diaz initially announced his retirement after losing a controversial decision to Condit for the interim 170-pound title at UFC 143, a bout Diaz was positive he had won. Diaz subsequently flunked his post-fight drug test for marijuana and was suspended for a year.
Fast forward 12 months and Diaz couldn’t pass up the chance to challenge then-welterweight king St-Pierre for this throne in March. The 30-year-old once again hung up his MMA gloves after a lopsided decision defeat.
White revealed they offered Diaz a middleweight match against Lyoto Machida in August. Four days later, White admitted it was a “bad idea” because “there’s other things going on with Diaz.”
Condit was slated to face Matt Brown Saturday at UFC on FOX 9, but Brown was forced to withdraw at the 11th hour with two herniated discs in his back. “The Natural Born Killer” snapped his two-fight skid in his last outing by avenging his 2009 split decision defeat to Martin Kampmann with a vicious TKO beatdown.