It looks like Dana White is not too keep on Nick Diaz making his UFC return. The Stockton Slugger shocked the fans after he appeared during the UFC 261: Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal and teased a potential return to the Octagon. Later in the post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White confirmed that Nick Diaz wants to fight and the promotion is looking at what can be done.
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In the post-fight press conference after UFC 261, White revealed that he will meet Diaz and discuss what’s next for the former Strikeforce welterweight champion. Now, he reveals how the conversation went and shares his thoughts on Diaz making his UFC return.
“It went good, I mean, my whole thing with Nick Diaz is I just questioned how bad he wants to fight? You know what I mean, we got together, we had a great conversation, talking about a possible comeback for him. I just, I don’t know, we will see how it plays out this Summer and the rest of the year.”
White shares that he believes the time away from the Octagon will definitely be a key factor ahead of his potential comeback.
“I just don’t see that in him when I talk to him,” White said on Diaz.
“He is a grown man, this guy says, ‘I want to fight.’ We agreed to fight, doctors say he is fit to fight, it has nothing to do with me.”
Who should Nick Diaz face in his UFC return?
There are a lot of options for Nick Diaz ahead of his potential UFC return. Speaking about whether Dana White wants to see Diaz returning to the Octagon, here’s what he had to say.
“There’s a market for that stuff, some people want to see that stuff. I tell you, that’s now what I do. Fighting is a young man’s game. I am looking for the youngest, most talented, up-and-coming fighters who want to world champions someday, and want to be the best.”
Needless to say, it’s been a while since we last saw Nick Diaz inside the Octagon. The former Strikeforce welterweight champion has been away from the sport for more than five years now. Dana White has always refrained from letting the fighters fight after their prime, and one can’t help but agree with Dana White.
Donald Cerrone put some light on the same situation last weekend after he said that how he feels and how he performs inside the Octagon are two different things. Needless to say, with age and inactivity, it’s hard to compete at the most elite level in mixed martial arts. Be that as it may, if Diaz can still do it, there’s every reason to believe that Dana White will be more than interested to let Nick continue his pursuit for the UFC gold again.