That Nick Diaz (pictured) sure is something, isn’t he? He’s a fighter, he’s retired, he’s fighting again because he was granted a title shot, he resumes retirement because he lost, and now he wants to fight again … if it’s for the hardware, of course.
Prior to watching friend Ronda Rousey beat Sara McMann at UFC 170 on Saturday, Diaz revealed to a small group of reporters that he’ll return to the cage if he can cut the welterweight line and get first crack at the winner between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler, who battle at UFC 171 for the vacant 170-pound crown.
“I’ve been fighting for 11 years. I already did all those [top contender] fights,” Diaz stated. “I don’t have to take a warmup fight. What, am I going to take a warmup fight, to help somebody out? To bring them up to my level?
“I’ve already been through that and you still haven’t seen me take an ass whupping.”
That might be true, but we also haven’t seen Diaz win a scrap since beating BJ Penn in October 2011. Since that tussle, Mr. 209 has lost two straight title bouts, “retiring” after each unanimous decision defeat.
Regardless, Diaz claims he’s the biggest draw the UFC has going – even though he’s currently not an active fighter.
“I don’t care, I’m talking about a title fight,” Diaz reiterated. “Bottom line, I’m the only draw here. Bottom line. We had like the third biggest [pay-per-view at UFC 158]. That wasn’t just because of Georges St-Pierre.”
So, Dana White. What do you think about Diaz coming straight out of retirement and leapfrogging the line?
“We haven’t even heard from Nick Diaz. It’s not even worth talking about,” White said in response to Diaz’s demands. “Nick Diaz hasn’t fought, he hasn’t wanted to fight and he’s not even in the picture.
“So he should be able to walk right into a title fight?”
Are you asking me or Nick? Because Nick would likely answer, “F*** yeah I should, homie!”