It’s become par for the course at this point with Nick Diaz (pictured) – the controversial veteran drops a decision that he believes he should have won and questions about his fighting future arise.
After losing to Carlos Condit for the interim welterweight title at UFC 143, Diaz decided to retire. The promotion then presented him with a blockbuster bout against then-welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158 and he walked away again after dropping a decision.
The UFC was able to coerce him to come back after a 22-month hiatus again Saturday to headline UFC 183 against Anderson Silva. Diaz is once again wishy-washy on whether he wants to fight again.
“I don’t know,” Diaz said of resuming his combat career at the UFC 183 post-fight press conference. “Sometimes, man, I’m like, I wish I would just fall off so people stop talking about me, but I feel like that’s just not happening. I don’t know if I’m right, that’s just how it seems on my end. I can’t tell ya.”
Diaz was content with walking away after losing to St-Pierre because he scored the biggest payday of his career for that bout, which included a percentage of the show’s pay-per-view buys.
UFC president Dana White suggested Diaz received a similar deal this time around even though a belt wasn’t at stake.
“Nick made a lot of money tonight,” White shared following UFC 183. “You might not see him for three years this time.”
For once, the 31-year-old Diaz didn’t even complain about the numbers on his paycheck.
“I’m happy with the deal we got,” he expressed.
Diaz is right, there is something about him that fans like. However, it appears at this stage in his 14-year career that he’s only willing to compete if it’s for a title or against a big name that will be accompanied with an even bigger payday.
Unfortunately for Diaz, he’s lost three straight and it’s tough to sell a box office bout when one party is riding such a skid.