Nick Diaz is back after a brief retirement from mixed martial arts and is ready to fight again. He has to finish his suspension for marijuana metabolites after his loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143.
Cesar Gracie and Nick Diaz announced his return to fighting around 4 p.m. Friday and Diaz made it clear that he would like to face Anderson Silva.
Diaz, recently, had been regarded as the No. 2 welterweight in the world behind Georges St. Pierre. Due to issues with Diaz showing up to press conferences, his bout with St. Pierre was cancelled and he faced Carlos Condit for the interim title.
The callout of Silva by Diaz is a very strange one. Diaz has never once in his career fought at middleweight in his career. The heaviest he has been for a 179 pounds in a catchweight bout with Frank Shamrock. That fight was over three years ago.
Since that fight Diaz has fought exclusively at welterweight and that’s his weight class. This is the first we’ve even heard of thoughts of him moving up in weight.
The other issue is the fact that Silva would be unlikely to even agree to that fight. Diaz lost his last fight for the interim belt and isn’t deserving of a title shot in another weight class.
Silva is hesitant to agree to fight Weidman because he isn’t a big name fighter, but Diaz is even lower on the challenger totem pole.
A likely matchup for Diaz when he comes back is with a fighter like Jake Ellenberger. He was a top contender before a loss to Martin Kampmann.
Diaz is at least two fights away from a title shot and in the welterweight division he’s more than likely three or four fights away.