Nick Diaz may be making his way back to the Octagon.
Diaz was last seen in action back in Sept. 2021. After being away from the fight game for six years, Diaz competed on the UFC 266 card. He ended up suffering a third-round TKO loss to Robbie Lawler.
UFC President Dana White lauded Diaz for his gutsy performance. With that said, the UFC boss expressed his belief that the Stockton native should hang his gloves up for good.
Nick Diaz Returning This Year?
Cesar Gracie, Diaz’s longtime coach, has taken to his Instagram account to claim that Nick Diaz will be making his return by the end of 2022.
As mentioned, White doesn’t think it’s a good idea for Diaz to return. Here’s what he told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto following Diaz’s UFC 266 loss to Lawler.
“Very impressed…but regardless of how good he looked and what he did after such a huge layoff, I don’t think Nick should fight,” White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “… I just don’t think that Nick does it because he loves it. I think Nick does it because he has to do it.”
“It’s all about being happy and doing what you love. It seems to me like when I always talk about the people who sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic and go to a job they hate, that’s what I feel like when Nick Diaz is getting ready for a fight. He’s in bumper-to-bumper traffic going to a job that he doesn’t love at all. It’s actually fascinating. For a guy who’s been out as long as he has — nothing but respect for Nick.”
Time will tell whether or not Diaz actually makes his return this year. For now, fight fans are left to speculate and share their thoughts on a potential comeback for Diaz.