Despite a recent conversation with Nick Diaz, UFC President Dana White remains skeptical about his return.
Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC), who attended UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Fla., Met with White after the event to discuss his potential return. Although White has said the reunion went well, he’s not entirely convinced by Diaz’s desire to compete.
“It went well,” White said. ESPN. “My whole thing with Nick Diaz is I wonder how much he really wants to fight. We got together, we had a great conversation, talked about a possible return for him, I don’t know. We’ll see how that plays out this summer and the rest of this year.
Diaz, 37, has been looking in great shape lately. The former Strikeforce champion hasn’t competed since January 2015, but his manager claimed late last year that there was a “99.9999%” chance he would return in 2021.
White’s biggest concern remains the massive layoff. He thinks Diaz has nothing to prove and doesn’t feel like he really wants to fight.
“It’s just the time he’s already taken off,” White said. “When you hear him talk about fighting, when you hear him talk about sports – and I sit down daily, or talk daily to hungry young savages who want to get into the top 10, become world champions, all that. “Nick Diaz has done it all, seen it all. He’s been in big fights. I just don’t see that in him when I talk to him.”
That being said, White knows he can’t stop Diaz and would welcome him to the Octagon. He understands the kind of buzz Diaz generates and just waits for him to ask for a specific name after already saying there is no way he will fight Khamzat Chimaev.
“He’s a grown man,” White said. “This guy says ‘I want to fight’, we agreed to a fight, and the medics say he’s fit to fight, that has nothing to do with me. …
“At this point in his career I think they’ll come back and say ‘we want to fight this guy’ so we’ll see who they say they want and then we’ll go from there.”