UFC president Dana White recently confirmed that Nick Diaz will be making his MMA return at UFC 235 this March against Jorge Masvidal. A couple of days later, Diaz released an Instagram post insinuating a move to Bellator, and indirectly saying he won’t be fighting any time soon.
ESPN got in touch with Diaz over the weekend to get some more answers, which the MMA veteran did oblige to.
”I think it’s rude of the UFC to try and lowball me and expect me to negotiate a deal while I’m training for a fight,” Diaz in a text message. “It’s not gonna go down like that. If anybody wants to fight me they know where to find me. I’m not a hard guy to find. Come get some.
”I have a lot going on trying to manage a few different businesses. Once things make sense for everybody in that they actually have some fighters that they respect and I respect, we can try and come to a deal and do a show. That’s how I feel.”
The 35-year-old Diaz did clarify that he still intends to carry on with his career, but will only accept a fight in his terms.
”As soon as I am in a good place with what I’m working on and things look the way it should, I’ll be happy to give the fans what they need,” he said. “But I think they will be OK for now with what’s out there. There aren’t any fights for me until someone stands out.
”I’ll fight if they can be more reasonable, but, really, I didn’t even talk about what it would or could [take]. They are the one’s tripping.”
Diaz has not fought since January 2015, when he lost via decision to Anderson Silva at UFC 183. The fight was overturned to a No Contest when both fighters tested positive for banned substances.