Even though former Strikeforce welterweight champion, Nick Diaz, announced his retirement from MMA shortly after his UFC 143 loss to Carlos Condit, most hardcore fans knew we hadn't seen the last of the Stockton native.
After taking several months to clear his head, Diaz is finally ready to get back inside the Octagon, and he isn't looking for any easy fights. Diaz currently has his sights set on current middleweight champion Anderson Silva, and he's even willing to move up to 185 pounds to make it happen.
"It was obvious that training and fighting is in his DNA. It is who he is," Diaz' trainer Cesar Gracie stated on Graciefighter.com. "This week we had a great talk, and he made it clear to me that he is ready to get back in the cage. Nick Diaz will return. … He will respectfully ask for a fight with Anderson Silva, a fighter he respects and would like to challenge. Silva's camp has been speaking of a fight with GSP [Georges St. Pierre], possibly even at a catch weight. Nick will take that fight in a minute but has told me that should Silva decide not to drop at all, he will move up to 185lbs to face the Champ."
Nick Diaz is currently serving out a one-year suspension for testing positive for Marijuana metabolites after his fight against Condit, so he might not be able to fight until next February. However, Diaz' team plans to appeal the sentence, and Gracie remains hopeful "El Diablo" will be able to fight by the end of the year.
A fight between Silva and Diaz obviously favors the Brazilian, but it should be an easy sell for the UFC. Diaz' antics and trash-talk would keep fans entertained leading up to a potential bout between two, and his aggressive style should make the actual fight quite entertaining. Diaz has a solid chin, awesome punching techniques, world class BJJ game, unreal cardiovascular endurance and a fearless heart, and I wouldn't count him out against anyone.
Graciefighter.com, "Future of Nick Diaz"
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.