When the news about Nick Diaz’s plans to return in early 2021 surfaced, it was met with a lot of questions – specifically, is it really going to happen this time?
UFC President Dana White is counted among those who are skeptical.
According to ESPN’s own manager Kevin Mubega, Diaz went through a 14-week diet and training regimen, along with a test weight cut to go somewhere in the range of 165-175 pounds. More importantly, Mbenga also said that Diaz would be “keeping a close eye” on some of the big welterweight matchups coming to the UFC, and the one-time welterweight title challenger is planned to return in early 2021.
After DWCS Season 4: Week 6, White spoke with members of the media and was asked about reports of a possible return to Diaz.
White said backstage at UFC APEX, saying, “Nick Diaz talk: First of all, we would never have done or done this.” “We will see how this thing plays out. I have no hope whatsoever. We’ll see what happens.”
Diaz, 37, did not compete on UFC 183 after giving up a unanimous decision to Anderson Silva five years ago; The losses were reversed without any competition after both rivals failed drug tests. It has been almost nine years since he won his final battle in the main event of UFC 137 in October 2011, winning by a unanimous decision over BJ Penn.
After a five-month suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission, which was put on hold for 18 months, fans have repeatedly put forward the idea of a Diaz return. Despite a long absence from the competition, his star power has increased.
When White was asked if Diaz had a discussion with the camp, he did not close the door on the idea. But he certainly did not seem overconfident.
“Yes, talking there,” White said. “But talking there for years.”