Manager says Nick Diaz is ‘100 percent’ planning to fight again, targeting early-2021 return

It appears Nick Diaz is closer than ever to making a comeback.

Diaz, 37, hasn’t competed since January 2015, but hinted at a potential return last November, when he expressed interest in avenging his younger brother Nate’s loss to Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244. Though Masvidal’s side was interested, the matchup never came to fruition.

But things now seem to be progressing as Diaz’s manager Kevin Mubenga provided a major update to ESPN, claiming that the former Strikeforce welterweight champion had just completed a 14-week diet that has him weighing between the 165-175 pound range, the first time he cuts weight in almost four years.

Mubenga says Diaz is “100 percent” planning on fighting again and has his eyes peeled on the major welterweight fights coming up, ahead of a possible return in early 2021.

Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) hasn’t won a fight since he beat B.J. Penn at UFC 137 in October 201. But, despite his inactivity, he remains one of the most popular fighters on the UFC roster.


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