After UFC 261, Dana White made it known that MMA legend, Nick Diaz, was looking to make a comeback. The opponent however, would be unclear, and Dana White was to sit down with Diaz and figure out what he wants to do next.
Unfortunately for fans, a decision was not made in the immediate moment, and it’s still unclear who or when Diaz will return to the UFC. After speaking to Brett Okamoto of ESPN MMA, White explained his feelings and thoughts on the proposed comeback and what may be next for the former title challenger.
“It went good,” Dana White said. “My whole thing with Nick Diaz is that I just question how bad he really wants to fight. We got together, we had a great conservation, talked about a possible comeback for him. I just don’t know, we’ll see how it plays out.”
“I sit down daily or talk daily to hungry, young savages that want to break into the top 10 and become world champions. Nick Diaz has done it all. He’s been in big fights and I just don’t see that when I talk to him.”
“Listen, he’s a grown man. If this man says ‘I want to fight’, we agree to a fight and doctors say he’s fit to fight, it has nothing to do with me.”
Dana White was then asked if he wants to see Nick Diaz fight again.
“First of all, when we talk about all the type of fighting that’s going on right now, in this landscape, there’s a market for that stuff,” Dana White said.
“Some people want to see that stuff and that’s not what I do. Fighting is a young man’s game and I’m looking for the youngest, most talented up and coming fighters that want to be world champions some day and want to be the best. Those are the types of fights we put on. But, there are legends that are still around the sport. ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone just fought this weekend and there are a lot of questions about him right now.
“Nick Diaz is a legend in this sport, will he fight again? We take all of these on a case by case basis and whether we think these guys should still be here.”
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