It's been a full year since Nick Diaz announced that he was retiring from the sport of mixed martial arts. That announcement came after Diaz had lost two consecutive fights for the first time since he dropped three straight in 2005-06. On Saturday night we found out that the former Strikeforce welterweight champion's retirement may be coming to an end.
Diaz was in Texas for UFC 171 and held an informal media scrum on Saturday. One of the first topics the 30-year-old fighter answered was if he was ready to return to fighting. Diaz answered to the affirmative, "I'm ready to go, I'm ready to fight. It's a good time, seasonally. I'm kind of seasonal. Right now, this summer, this whole year, a fresh start, I'm ready to fight. I think I can win."
Diaz added that he has not been sitting idle during the 12 months he's been retired, "I've had pretty good training this year, regardless no fights, no camps," Diaz said. "I've jumped in and out of other camps. I put a couple days in on Jake's camp. Not too much, I had to travel a lot."
In typical fashion, the announcement that he was ready to return had not been discussed with his boss, UFC president Dana White, "No, I haven't (talked to White)," said Diaz. "I don't know how Dana feels about any of this."
White was informed of Diaz's comments during UFC 171's post-fight press conference. As the topic was discussed a smile crept across White's face, and he said, "That's a little backwards isn't it?" He than added, "That's my boy," before the questions moved back to the fighters that competed on Saturday's fight card.
Diaz was a busy man on Saturday night, after the main event he spoke to Sportsnet.ca and went into a little more detail about why he was in Dallas, "Maybe they want me to fight Johny Hendricks," Diaz said before addressing the main event bout between Hendricks and Lawler. Hendricks won the fight, and the UFC welterweight title by decision, a decision that Diaz did not seem to agree with, "Take an ass whooping right to your face, bro, worse than tonight. You got your ass whooped, all four rounds," Diaz commented about Hendricks.
As for returning for a non-title fight, Diaz did not seem interested in that prospect in the least, saying, "I need a title fight, a real fight. Let the fans see what they want to see. I want to fight for the title."