Usually opposed to talking about Nick Diaz’s return to action, UFC President Dana White has changed his mind on the matter.
Following a recent conversation with Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) in Jacksonville, Fla., It looks like the former Strikeforce champ is aiming to make a return to the cage at some point in 2021. .
“I wasn’t very high on it. I didn’t think it would happen, but it looks like it will, ”White told Farah Hannoun in an interview with UFC Arabia.
For what it’s worth, White’s response contrasts sharply with his usual responses when Diaz is high.
“You never hear me say that, ever,” White joked. “You say, ‘Do you think Nick Diaz will fight this year?’ and ‘Absolutely, absolutely not’ is what I usually say. “
After meeting him, White openly questioned Diaz’s desire to continue fighting. Over the past few months, Diaz has been seen training alongside heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, and his presence at UFC 261 has started the rumor again. Diaz added fuel to the fire by posting a cryptic tweet that blew the imagination.
Diaz, 37, hasn’t competed since he faced Anderson Silva at UFC 183 on Jan.31, 2015, but that hasn’t stopped fans from hoping a rumor of a comeback will come true. This time, according to White, it feels more real than ever.
“The matchmakers have (spoke to Diaz) and I don’t know where we’re at, but it looks promising,” White said.