Dana White reveals Nick Diaz ‘likely’ to make his highly anticipated UFC comeback this year, with fan-favorite talks with matchmakers after SIX YEARS out of the octagon
- Nick Diaz hasn’t fought in the UFC since 2015 when he lost to Anderson Silva
- Favorite and brother of Nate has trained hard and is ready to return
- Dana White admitted he wasn’t thrilled for Nick to come back and join in
- But UFC President Now Believes Older Diaz Brother Will Fight This Year
According to UFC President Dana White, Nick Diaz’s long-awaited return is likely before the end of this year.
Diaz, who remains a fan favorite despite his inactivity, has been working hard to get himself back in shape and the 37-year-old even recently trained with Tyson Fury in Miami.
He last fought a decision defeat to Anderson Silva in 2015, but White thinks his six years in the MMA wilderness is almost over.
Nick Diaz could make his return to the UFC this year, according to President Dana White
Tyson Fury (above) trained with the UFC fan favorite in Miami, Florida
He told UFC Arabia, “I wasn’t very good at that. I didn’t think it would happen, but it looks like it will. Looks like Nick Diaz will be fighting this year.
“Last time I saw him in Jacksonville, but it looks like it’s going to happen. We will see.
‘The matchmakers have’ [talked to him] but I don’t know where we are, but it looks promising.
‘You never hear me say that. “Do you think Nick Diaz will fight this year?” Absolutely, positively not is what I usually say. Looks promising [he’ll fight this year].’
White has been skeptical of Diaz’s comeback in the past, but is now optimistic
Looking on top form, the Stockton fighter recently shared a photo of himself with Fury in Florida, labeling the heavyweight as the “last of a dying breed.”
Diaz’ 2015 defeat to Silva was later reversed after the Brazilian tested positive for banned substances.
Diaz then faced disciplinary action of his own after failing a marijuana test for the third time in Nevada, and was initially hit with a staggering five-year ban.
Nick’s younger brother, Nate (right), takes on Leon Edwards this weekend weekend
The sentence was later reduced to 18 months. He was officially cleared to fight again in 2018, but the welterweight has remained on the sidelines.
Nick’s brother, Nate, takes part in the co-main event of UFC 263 this weekend in a five-round non-title match against Leon Edwards.
The winner could very well get the next shot at Kamaru Usman after Colby Covington, who is lining up for a rematch with the champion.