Nick Diaz Planning Late 2022 Return, Believes He Can Beat Kamaru Usman

We haven't seen the last of the Nick Diaz

(via @Nick Diaz - Instagram)

When UFC 266 was over last September, most people thought that would be the last time Nick Diaz would fight inside the octagon. He talked all fight week about not wanting to fight, and the leader of the Diaz Army insinuated that he was forced to fight. It looks like he wants more.

In a recent interview with TMZ Sports, Diaz said he is planning to fight before the year is over but doesn’t have anyone in mind.

“I’m working on the end of the year. I’m working on it,” Diaz said.

“I don’t know right now [who I want to fight]. I’m just focused on my training right now.”

TMZ brought up that Diaz wanted to box Canelo a few years ago and asked if he’d rather box Canelo or fight Kamaru Usman for the UFC welterweight title.

The MMA legend preferred a title shot against the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, Usman. Oh, and he thinks he can beat him.

“I’d rather fight for the title. If I’m going to fight, I want to fight for the title. They want to say that I want to fight a bunch of guys and stuff like that. Well, you know what? It’s a bigger fight,” Diaz said. “Just skip all the mess. I don’t need to go in there and get my ass whooped by one of the young gun, anyway and it’s not that I won’t win. It’s just not motivating to fight somebody that’s…I want to fight for the title. I’m 38 years old. I think I’ll beat him”

Diaz left Usman a message as well.
“I would love it if they gave me a shot, I think I can beat you.”

Diaz is coming off a TKO loss to rival Robbie Lawler at UFC 266. He is currently on a three-fight losing streak with a no-contest and hasn’t won a fight since 2011.

While a title shot against Usman is most likely not going to happen, a fight between him and Jorge Masvidal would be incredible. Or, how about Matt Brown?

Published on May 26, 2022 at 1:22 pm
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