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Nick Diaz Ends Retirement … Again … Returns to UFC … Again

Written by Tom Ngo
July 24th, 2014
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Nick Diaz (pictured) has either run out of money, is going to get paid the $200,000 per fight he was demanding to return to action, or he simply missed selling wolf tickets and punching people in the face.

I’ll assume it’s option C.

On Thursday, UFC president Dana White announced Diaz has decided to end his retirement – for the second time – by signing a three-fight contract extension. The 30-year-old is hoping to break in his new deal in early 2015.

Terms of Diaz’s agreement were not disclosed.

“I’ve been doing a whole lot of not getting punched around-type stuff,” Diaz told UFC.com. “I’ve been staying in shape pretty good, doing a lot of running. It’s been a good experience having this much time off.

“It was hard times for a little bit, but people act like I’ve been doing nothing. I’ve been getting some things done. Just because I’m not getting punched around every day doesn’t mean I’m not focused on what I’m doing. Now, here we are.”

Diaz initially announced his retirement after losing a controversial decision to Condit for the interim welterweight 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 past that incident and Diaz couldn’t pass up the chance to challenge then-170-pound king Georges St-Pierre for this throne in March 2013. Diaz once again hung up his MMA gloves after a lopsided decision defeat.

There was plenty of chatter he would eventually come back to the sport that made him famous, but it would have to be at the right price or against the right opponent.

Based off the UFC’s article, it’s clear they are angling towards a Diaz vs. Anderson Silva showdown.

“I’d like to fight for the title,” Diaz said. “I think that would be a big deal and worth fighting for. I want fights that will lead to a title fight. Whoever is in line and whoever has the title, that’s who I’m going to be fighting.

“I’d be interested in fighting [Anderson Silva] and anything that’s going to do well. As far as Anderson Silva, I think that would be a great fight for people to see because he has my type of style.”

Diaz owns a 26-9 (1 NC) professional record. Mr. 209 will be the most talked about fighter to ever return to the UFC on a two-fight skid.

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