Nick Diaz may make his return to the UFC after greater than six years as Dana White confirmed he was ready to provide him one other shot within the promotion.
The older Diaz brother was seen within the crowd for UFC 261 the place Kamaru Usman knocked out Jorge Masvidal.
The 37-year-old has not competed within the Octagon since January 2015 when he misplaced to Anderson Silva, a battle that was later overturned to a no contest after each fighters failed medicine assessments.
Diaz served a suspension for failing the check and in addition was suspended by USADA for failing to report on his whereabouts on three events.
However now it seems he may make a shock return.
“Nick needs to battle,” UFC president Dana White mentioned after UFC 261.
When requested if he’ll give him a battle, White mentioned: “Positive. We’ll see the way it goes. He’s ready for me within the again proper now.”
He was later requested if it might be too loopy to throw Khamzat Chimaev’s title in as a possible opponent, White merely replied: “No.”
It’s a vital change in tone from the UFC president over the Diaz scenario.
Diaz, alongside along with his brother Nate, is a vital a part of UFC’s historical past having been concerned in some memorable battles since his debut again in 2003.
It appeared his time with the UFC, and MMA on the whole, was over.
Again in December, White mentioned: “I don’t suppose anyone ought to need to see Nick Diaz battle.
“Nick Diaz has been in a whole lot of wars, he’s completed a whole lot of nice issues in his profession, he’s made some huge cash, he’s clearly tremendous well-known.
“He’s gotten all the pieces you could possibly hope to get out of combating. I
” simply don’t know why, after I see his Instagram, why he would need to come again.”
Now we’ll eagerly wait to see if a return for Diaz might be agreed.