Nate Diaz might want out of the UFC, but big brother Nick Diaz (pictured) said Saturday that he’s prepared to bring an end to his MMA retirement … for the second time.
“I’m ready to go, I’m ready to fight,” Diaz told a small group of reporters prior to UFC 171. “Of course, this is a good time. This whole summer, this whole year, fresh start. I’m ready to fight. I think I can win.”
Diaz said he hasn’t spoken to UFC president Dana White about returning to action, but was confident his presence in the cage would benefit everyone because of his unmatched ability to hype a fight. White confirmed at tonight’s post-fight press conference that Diaz hasn’t contacted him, though wasn’t surprised Diaz told the media before addressing him.
“It’s a little backwards, isn’t it?” White asked with a smirk on his face because Diaz didn’t come to him first. “That’s my boy.”
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 Georges St-Pierre for this throne last March. Diaz was thoroughly trounced for a unanimous decision defeat and re-retired immediately after.
Diaz owns a respectable 26-9 (1 NC) professional record.