Cesar Gracie: Nick Diaz Will Return & Wants Anderson Silva
STUDIO MMA, RIVERSIDE, CA – Former Strikeforce champion and current UFC welterweight contender, Nick Diaz, appears to be eyeing a comeback. Initially Diaz retired from the sport at UFC 143, after a close and somewhat controversial unanimous decision loss to Carlos Condit in an interim welterweight title bout. Diaz is currently on a one year suspension for testing positive for marijuana metabolites following the contest.
Friday, Diaz’s long time coach Cesar Gracie announced that Nick will return to the UFC. Since George St-Pierre will be defending his welterweight title against interim champion Carlos Condit on November 17 at UFC 154. Nick will have to face someone else, but wants fights “that matter”.
That was not really a big shocker. Nick’s in his prime and one of the best fighters on the planet. However, Nick wanting to fight Anderson Silva and willing to move up to 185 lbs (middleweight) was a bit of a shocker.
Cesar also confirmed they will be taking legal action in hopes of overturning the one year suspension Nick received from the NSAC and if the appeal goes in their favor, we may see Nick back by the end of this year.
On August 6, Cesar will be meeting with UFC president Dana White to discuss an array of issues, including the Anderson Silva bout.
It’s been a trying time these last 4 months as I have been faced with the prospect that one of our team’s most talented fighters had decided to leave the sport. As a fan I’ve always admired what both of the Diaz’s brought to the cage; a combination of technical brilliance and raw violence.
Nate Diaz has finally put his game together and found the formula to propel him to the top of the 155lbs division. To see Nick leave at the top of his game was difficult.
For the last couple of months I’ve watched Nick begin to frequent the gym more and more. He’s training harder now than he has for many of his fights. It was obvious that training and fighting is in his DNA. It is who he is.
This week we had a great talk and he made it clear to me that he is ready to get back to the cage. Nick Diaz will return.
To address the NSAC suspension, I will say that we have appealed to the courts and if things go our way, it will be plausible that Nick could return as early as sometime at the end of this year.
For too long NSAC bureaucrats have acted with malicious incompetence towards the fighters. We will challenge them in court.
As far as future opponents, Nick has stated that he would like to take fights “that matter”. Since GSP will be fighting Condit, he has to look elsewhere. He will respectfully ask for a fight with Anderson Silva, a fighter he respects and would like to challenge.
Silva’s camp has been speaking of a fight with GSP, possibly even at a catch weight. Nick will take that fight in a minute but has told me that should Silva decide not to drop at all, he will move up to 185lbs to face the Champ.
I will be meeting with Dana next Monday August 6th to discuss this and other issues. If you appreciate Nick’s fighting style, please let Dana know that you want Nick back ASAP.
Thank you and best regards,