The recently retired Nick Diaz was in attendance at UFC 171 in Las Vegas on Saturday to take in the UFC welterweight title fight between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler. After the event, Nick Diaz was interviewed by Sportsnet’s ‘Showdown’ Joe Ferraro and the native of Stockton, California decided to call out Johny Hendricks–ready to come out of retirement and return to the UFC to fight the newly crowned champion.
The always outspoken Nick Diaz made it clear what his intentions were coming to the event, and that was a UFC welterweight title shot at Hendricks.
“They bought me a ticket for once, they bought me an actual ticket. Said ‘hey we’d love to have you out’. You know that’s new, but I’m here, so–then they started interviewing me, guess they want to hear me talk. Maybe they want me to fight Johny Hendricks,” Nick Diaz turned to the camera and said. “Take an ass whoopin’, right to your face bro. Worse than tonight, you got your ass whooped all four rounds, I seen it”.
Nick Diaz has been out of competition since his title fight loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 158 in March of 2013, and hasn’t won since October of 2011 when he defeated BJ Penn at UFC 137–but Diaz says he is ready to return.
“I’m ready to fight,” Diaz said. “I’m ready to fight the right fight. I’m trying to get a fight this year, talked to Dana hardly, but he knows my mindset, he knows where I’m at.”
“That’s whats up. Need a title fight. A real fight. Let the fans have what they want to see. I guess you could say that’s why I’m here.”
Making a case for himself to get the next title shot, Nick Diaz listed various reasons as to why he believed he should be fighting Johny Hendricks next.
“The thing is I want to fight for the title, but I want to see who’s going to fight for the title,” Diaz said. “You want to make a case for a title fight versus me making the case for a title fight–like what do you got to go on? Everybody’s going to make more money. Fans will get to see what they want to see. You want to see people get tapped out or knocked out, you want to see a real fight. You want to see drama queens or real motherf—ers come out and act real.”
The full interview with Joe Ferraro can be see below: