After a prolonged absence, UFC boss Dana White believes Nick Diaz will never step into the octagon to fight again.
The older Diaz brother last fought against Anderson Silva in January 2015 at UFC 183. While it was originally a unanimous decision win for Silva, the fight was turned into a ‘No Contest’ after both fighters tested positive for banned substances.
“I highly doubt it,” White told MMAjunkie, about Diaz fighting again.
“I don’t know. I honestly don’t think that, and I can’t speak for him, you’d have to speak with Nick himself, but if you ask me – people ask me, ‘Do you think Ronda [Rousey] is coming back?’ No. I think Ronda’s going to retire. Ronda hasn’t retired, but my opinion is, I think she will. I don’t think Nick Diaz will ever fight again. I just don’t think he has the desire anymore.”
Diaz also recently made the headlines for allegedly missing three tests in the past 12 months and the US Anti-Doping Agency is reportedly still trying to track Diaz down.
Surely, this is not something a fighter trying got get back into the octagon would let happen.
White added that the UFC has become really competitive and many younger fighters are rising through the ranks. The UFC supremo believes Diaz, at 33-years-old, is not that eager anymore.
“The thing about fighting, first of all, it’s a young man’s game,” continued White.
“You’ve got to be young, hungry. You’ve got to be an animal to jump out of bed every day and go in there and train the way that you do.
“The things that you have to do to get to the UFC, let alone break into the top 10 or the top 5 or be a world champion, you have to love it. I just don’t think that Nick loves it anymore.”
Diaz has amassed a 26-9 record in MMA since making his debut in 2001.