Nick Diaz. Oh, where to begin.
He is perhaps one of the most loud mouthed and bashful fighters MMA has yet to offer, he is a polarizing figure to all who know his name. He comes to fight, but he hates to fight. He enjoys running triathlons, as well as smoking large amounts of marijuana.
Surely, a man such as this must be in disarray. And that he is. He lost his title shot to GSP because he forgot to charge his phone. He lost a close fight to Carlos Condit, but his fans wouldn't tell you that. He bad mouths GSP because he's the realest, man. He no-showed a jiu jitsu charity event because of reasons unknown. And he's currently in the middle of a year long suspension from MMA.
So today, his manager and coach, Cesar Gracie, took to twitter and said as follows:
While his brother is off doing great things, his career hangs in the balance. It is unclear whether he himself wants to continue to fight. As a fan, it would be devastating to see him leave MMA, but at this point, it wouldn't shock me. The future and legacy of this crazy young man will be addressed tomorrow, and it will hold news that could range from anything under the sun. Keep your eyes peeled for graciefighter.com's update tomorrow, and see what turn Nick Diaz' career takes.
UPDATE: It appears that the Diaz accounts mentioned in the tweet above may not be legitimate. Regardless, I still believe the Cesar Gracie account is.
UPDATE #2: Here is the quote, via graciefighter.com:
It’s been a trying time these last 4 months as I have been faced with the prospect that one of our team’s most talented fighters had decided to leave the sport. As a fan I’ve always admired what both of the Diaz’s brought to the cage; a combination of technical brilliance and raw violence.
Nate Diaz has finally put his game together and found the formula to propel him to the top of the 155lbs division. To see Nick leave at the top of his game was difficult.
For the last couple of months I’ve watched Nick begin to frequent the gym more and more. He’s training harder now than he has for many of his fights. It was obvious that training and fighting is in his DNA. It is who he is. This week we had a great talk and he made it clear to me that he is ready to get back to the cage. Nick Diaz will return.
To address the NSAC suspension, I will say that we have appealed to the courts and if things go our way, it will be plausible that Nick could return as early as sometime at the end of this year. For too long NSAC bureaucrats have acted with malicious incompetence towards the fighters. We will challenge them in court.
As far as future opponents, Nick has stated that he would like to take fights “that matter”. Since GSP will be fighting Condit, he has to look elsewhere. 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, 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.
I will be meeting with Dana next Monday August 6th to discuss this and other issues. If you appreciate Nick’s fighting style, please let Dana know that you want Nick back ASAP.
Thank you and best regards,