Former Strikeforce champion and former UFC welterweight title contender Nick Diaz, who was present as a spectator at UFC 261 in Jacksonville, plans to resume his professional career as a fighter.
This was announced at a press conference after the event by the president of the UFC, Dana White.
“Nick wants to fight,” said the head of the organization. “And of course, we’ll give him a fight. Let’s see what happens. He’s waiting for me in the back right now, and I’ll go talk to him”
37-year-old Nick Diaz last entered the octagon in January 2015 at UFC 183 in Las Vegas, losing a unanimous decision to Anderson Silva. Later, the fight was declared invalid, as the Brazilian was convicted of using anabolic steroids, and Diaz was once again caught using marijuana.
Prior to this, Diaz suffered two consecutive defeats, losing by unanimous decisions in title matches to Carlos Condit and George St-Pierre, and the last victory on his account was recorded in October 2011, winning by decision against UFC Hall of Fame member B.J. Penn.
Note that, despite the long period of inactivity, Nick Diaz maintains excellent physical shape, and does not stop the training process.