Dana White is not sold that Nick Diaz actually wants to return.
Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC), who hasn’t competed in almost six years, has teased a comeback on numerous occasions, but his return has yet to materialize, and White remains unconvinced that it ever will.
In a recent interview, Diaz’s manager Kevin Mubenga said that there’s a “99.99999 percent” chance that Diaz will return in 2021, but White isn’t so sure.
“Everything that I see from Nick Diaz doesn’t look like he wants to or is ready to compete in this sport,” White told “The Schmo.” “Even Jon Jones, as good as Jon Jones is, you have to be 100 percent mentally, physically and emotionally ready to train, be ready for this, and fight. I don’t think anyone should wanna see Nick Diaz fight.
“Nick Diaz has been in a lot of wars, he’s accomplished a lot of great things in his career, he’s made a lot of money, he’s obviously super-famous. He’s gotten everything you could hope to get out of fighting. I just don’t know why, when I see his Instagram, why he would come back.”
Diaz was last seen in action at UFC 183 in January 2015 when he lost a unanimous decision to Anderson Silva, which was later overturned to a no contest when Silva tested positive for drostanolone and androsterone. Diaz tested positive for marijuana after the bout.
While he hasn’t fought in nearly six years, Diaz does appear to be keeping in good shape as was evident from a video that his brother, Nate Diaz, recently shared recapping their 2020 in quarantine.
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