Nick Diaz (26-9) has shut down rumours of his imminent UFC return using social media to tell his fans. “Fuck all this. I don’t want to hurt nobody. I just want to party.”
His comments come after Anderson Silva (34-8) called for a rematch with Diaz, in the aftermath of his UFC 234 defeat to Israel Adesanya (16-0).
The original match-up was declared a no contest with both fighters failing post-fight drug tests.
A rematch would certainly generate a lot of attention as two of the biggest stars in the sport go at it again.
Speaking to reporters Silva expressed his desire to fight in his hometown, Curitiba, Brazil which is apparently on the UFC schedule for a pay-per-view event in May. He also highlighted Diaz as his preferred opponent.
“I think it’s a very interesting fight,” Silva said post-fight at UFC 234. “I talked to Nick’s manager a couple months ago, and Nick said, ‘OK, let’s go do it. Let’s talk to Dana.’ I’m just waiting for Dana.”
However, Nick Diaz recent comments on Instagram seem to have shut down any chance of this fight happening, backing up recent comments made by longtime friend and training partner Gilbert Melendez who claimed Diaz was retired.
“I would love to see him come back, but last time I checked, he’s retired,” ex-Strikeforce champ Melendez said on Chael Sonnen’s “You’re Welcome” podcast.
Despite his stance on retirement Diaz always seems likely to make a comeback, something Melendez said is always a possibility.
“I don’t think there’s anything holding him back, except just his decision whether he wants to come back or not,” Melendez said. “He’s in shape. He’s in dang shape. … I think he’s always running and staying ready. He’s a ninja. He’s always ready.”
A short-lived fight with Jorge Masvidal was touted last year but quickly unravelled.
It has now been four years since Nick Diaz last competed. Despite his teammates’ comments, a comeback is looking more and more unlikely.
Dana White once told reporters “All you’ve got to do is look at his Instagram. I don’t think it looks like he’s training for a fight.”
His statement remains true. A quick glance at Nick Diaz’s social media tells you Diaz has zero interest in fighting. He just wants to party. By all accounts, he’s retired so why not!
After competing 37 times, putting on some of the best fights in MMA history and earning a whole lot of accolades along the way Nick Diaz has every right to call it a day.
Here’s to wishing him a happy retirement.