UFC Title Contender Nate Diaz Thinks Nick Diaz Will Remain Retired

NEW YORK - MARCH 06: UFC lightweight Nate Diaz speaks at a press conference at Radio City Music Hall on March 06, 2012 in New York City. UFC announced that their third event on the FOX network will take place on Saturday, May 5 from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J.. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

Nick Diaz claimed to be retiring in the ring after he felt he was robbed following his UFC 143 loss to Carlos Condit. Many didn't believe that the retirement would stick, but one who does think Nick's days in the UFC are done is his brother Nate Diaz.

Nate was asked about the status of his brother's career by MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani and had this to say (as transcribed by MMAmania):

Triathalon season is starting so he's getting ready, getting in shape for that and concentrating on being in shape, being healthy and helping me out and coaching me for this fight [against Jim Miller]. Right now, I don't think [we will see him back inside the Octagon]. He's big on, like I said, staying in shape and just being healthy right now. He's not worried about it. I think he's retired. He hasn't been into this whole fighting thing for some time ... since everything that goes on with the funny wins and losses. And not just for him, but for people on our team. So, I just think he's relaxed right now, you know? I think he's pretty set on his retirement, though. I kind of agree with him [about his decision]. It's hard to say -- he's my brother. I'm not going to tell him to go fight somebody. I think he's doing the right thing. He made enough money to just chill back, sit back and relax. People don't understand: Nick never had nothing. He came from not much, so when he complained a lot about not making a lot of money it's because there were so many people making more money than him and he works 10 times hard than them. So, they definitely paid him enough money to not have to anything. He doesn't need to fight.

While Nick missed out on his shot at UFC gold, Nate will be fighting in the UFC on Fox 3 main event against Jim Miller with the winner of that bout expected to face the winner of the rematch between Ben Henderson and Frankie Edgar for the UFC lightweight championship.

Video of the interview after the jump...

Interview via MMA Fighting:


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