Back in May, Nick Diaz talked about wanting to get back in the cage in 2022 at a fan meet and greet. This was the first time Diaz gave a statement in months.
The 38 year old MMA veteran returned last year – after a suspension break he’s had since 2015.
Despite the lackluster showing against Robbie Lawler, Diaz still thinks a title shot could be in his future.
After all the Welterweight division is in somewhat of a limbo.
“We’re working on the end of the year,” Diaz revealed..
“I don’t need to go in there and get my ass whooped by one of them young guys anyway, and it’s not that I won’t win,” Nick says, admitting, “It’s just I’m not motivated.”
“I wanna fight for the title. I don’t wanna do all this — I’m 38 years old.”
And as for Usman – Diaz believes he has him pegged.
“I think I’ll beat him.”
Diaz ‘rekindled’ things with former manager Cesar Gracie last year. This would be a nonissue if Diaz hadn’t previously laid some serious claims against Gracie and how his early career was mismanaged.
Dana White was recently asked about Diaz’ comments.
“I don’t want to see Nick Diaz get hurt,” White told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports.
“Talking about Nick Diaz vs. Usman, Usman is the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world,” the UFC exec said. “I need to look out for Nick and make sure Nick doesn’t get hurt.”
Cesar Gracie went on to reveal Nick Diaz is currently being operated on to replace 2 discs in his neck.
Diaz is currently 38 years old and had been inactive for five years prior to last year.
First and foremost, I hope it all goes well, but how do you go from wanting a fight right away to getting two discs replaced?
— Lordship Mike (@Mwyrostek) June 8, 2022