It looks like former Strikeforce Champion and fan-favorite Nick Diaz is indeed serious about making his UFC return. Earlier, the elder Diaz brother sent fight fans into a frenzy after his manager announced that he is targeting UFC return in early 2021. However, soon after, UFC President Dana White stated that he has no expectations about Diaz’s return. White also revealed that there have been talks for so many years.
This is Nick Diaz earlier today. He weighs in the 175-165 pound range, per his manager Kevin Mubenga.
He just completed a 14-week diet and training regimen. This is the first time he cuts weight in approximately four years, Mubenga said. Diaz wanted to do a test cut because … pic.twitter.com/5A8EvyLeUn
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 7, 2020
“Listen, the Nick Diaz thing? First of all, we never released that or on that, you know, we’ll see how this thing lays out but I have no expectations whatsoever.” White had said earlier during a media interaction.
Nick Diaz to make an early 2021 return to the octagon
Nick Diaz was the name of the game during his time inside the octagon. He was not only one of the most prolific fighters in MMA, but also made a name for himself even before signing his second deal with the UFC.
Nick Diaz was training at the UFC Performance Institute last night.
Whether you believe it or not, Nick Diaz is zeroing in on a return to fighting. He’s locked in right now. pic.twitter.com/yntQLgUAhI
— MMA History Today (@MMAHistoryToday) September 19, 2020
After almost six years away from the octagon, Nick Diaz will finally make is much anticipated MMA return. It’s likely that Nick would return to the Welterweight division. The addition of the elder Diaz brother brings about a lot of interesting match-ups into the mix. It was revealed that Nick Diaz is eying the big fights at the Welterweight division. With Jorge Masvidal, Stephen Thompson as potential opponents, it will be interesting to see Nick Diaz inside the octagon once again.
Earlier, the likes of Stephen Thompson, Leon Edwards, and even Middleweight contender Darren Till had called out the Stockton Slugger. It’s needless to say that Nick Diaz’s return guarantees huge PPV numbers, and it will be interesting to see who will welcome Nick Diaz back to the octagon. Meanwhile, Nick Diaz’s younger brother Nate Diaz is also expected to return to the octagon in a rematch against Jorge Masvidal in early 2021. Nate Diaz made his UFC return late last year against former Champion Anthony Pettis in a winning affair. Diaz would later call out Jorge Masvidal for the symbolic BMF belt. However, he would lose the fight via TKO in the third round after a cut rendered on Diaz’s left eye made the UFC officials stop the fight.