Nick Diaz is one of the most popular MMA personalities on the planet. The elder Diaz brother carries a certain mystique that turned him into a cult hero. He doesn’t particularly enjoy being on camera, but there is something captivating about his manner and his madness.
His most recent fight was way back in 2015. Diaz went all five rounds against Anderson Silva but lost a unanimous decision. However, both men failed post-fight drug tests and the NAC ruled the bout a no-contest. It was also at middleweight, although Diaz spent most of his career at welterweight.
Every now and again, there are rumblings about a potential Diaz return. After his suspension period ended there were hopes that we would see him in the octagon again. But now it looks like Nick is back in shape and ready to end his lengthy hiatus. Check out his condition below.
This is Nick Diaz earlier today. He weighs in the 175-165 pound range, per his manager Kevin Mubenga.
He just completed a 14-week diet and training regimen. This is the first time he cuts weight in approximately four years, Mubenga said. Diaz wanted to do a test cut because … pic.twitter.com/5A8EvyLeUn
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 7, 2020
As you can see, Diaz looks to be in prime condition. His manager Kevin Mubenga says that he is currently sitting between 165 and 175 lbs. In sum, it looks like he’s roughly at a fighting weight after completing a 14-week training regimen. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Diaz look like that.
The former Strikeforce champion is believed to want to fight early next year. Diaz is interested in the current welterweight picture. With the likes of Jorge Masvidal, Colby Covington, and Conor McGregor all in the picture, there are opportunities for money fights.
A McGregor fight would definitely make financial sense. McGregor has fought Nate Diaz twice and it would be fascinating to see him take on Nick. Meanwhile, both men have big personalities so the pre-fight shenanigans would be very entertaining. Neither of them is a stranger to controversy.
In 2019, Diaz made it clear that he was interested in a return. The 37-year-old has had five years off but still actively competes in triathlons and similar events. He is very interested in fighting his brother’s conqueror, Jorge Masvidal. This would be a massive fight for both men and would definitely do big pay-per-view numbers. Diaz told Ariel Helwani:
I’ll fight anybody. This guy [Masvidal] can do anything he wants to do right now to make the most money possible. I’m like, you know, do the damn thing. … I’m doing my part, you do yours. They can do their part and then the show could go on.”
In sum, Diaz was furious with Masvidal because the latter said he’d ‘baptize’ Nate again. He took those words to heart and wants to avenge his brother’s loss. It would be phenomenal if Masvidal could become the first man to beat both Diaz brothers. But let’s see if he does come back first.
“You want to talk about baptizing my younger brother?” Nick said. “That’s on you. Like, you don’t talk about baptizing my younger brother, so you’re already in a f***ed position if you fight with me. You don’t f***ing talk about baptizing someone’s younger brother. That’s my baby brother. You don’t talk like that to nobody.”