UFC president, Dana White has admitted that former welterweight title challenger, Nick Diazshould probably call it a career following the snapping of his six-year hiatus from the sport earlier this year, questioning the Stockton native’s motive to continue competing.
Diaz, a former interim and undisputed welterweight title challenger under the promotion’s banner, as well as a former WEC and Strikeforce welterweight champion, made his first outing since January 2015 back in September of this year in a rematch with Robbie Lawler.
Making the walk at middleweight for the first time in six-years, Diaz received a raucous ovation for his walkout at UFC 266 in September, before ultimately suffering a third round defeat to Lawler, after waving off the fight to referee, Jason Herzog after he appeared to have suffered a broken nose.
The defeat came as the now 38-year-old Diaz’s third in his last four professional outings, with his most recent win coming against former two-weight champion, B.J. Penn 10 years ago at UFC 137.
Whilst fans were sent into raptures even before Diaz’s return to the sport, many questioned if the Stockton native should continue amid his damaging loss to Lawler, whom he had previously knocked out back in 2004 during their initial stints under the promotion’s scrutiny.
Commenting on the fighting future of Diaz during a recent interview with ESPN MMA reporter Brett Okamoto, UFC leader, White questioned the California native’s reasoning to fight again, after questioning if he should even be still competing.
“Regardless of how good (Nick Diaz) looked and what he did after such a long layoff, I don’t think he should fight … I don’t think that Nick does it cause he loves it, I think Nick does it cause he has to do it …” White said. “When I always talk about people sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic and go to a job they hate, that’s what I feel like when Nick Diaz is getting ready for a fight.”
Outspoken welterweight contender, Kevin Holland recently suggested he should fight Diaz next whether that be at welterweight or middleweight, alluding to a prior run-in between the two. At the time of publication, neither Holland nor Diaz are currently booked to fight next year.
Diaz himself, however, offered to replace the Jorge Masvidal for a planned UFC 269 clash with Leon Edwards, as well as offering to take on the undefeated Chechen-born finisher, Khamzat Chimaev last month.
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