Nick Diaz last fought inside the Octagon in March 2013 when he lost a lopped-side decision to then UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St Pierre. Since then, Diaz has set himself into retirement unless he got a significant pay rise.
However, it seems that the former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion is ready to return to the Octagon. When he was at the Glory kickboxing event at the weekend, Sports Illustrated reporter Loretta Hunt ran into the Stockton-native and she tweeted:
"Ran into Nick Diaz last night at Glory. Good mood. Said he hoped to be fighting again by new year; trying to work out contracts now."
This will be welcomed by the UFC. Diaz is one of the companies largest draws, responsible for GSP's biggest PPV buy-rate.
He will also be welcomed back into the Welterweight division. Since George St. Pierre walked away from the 170lbs division, it has become fairly weak at the top. Diaz could very well shake the division up again. He is an elite Welterweight and can hang with the best.
Robbie Lawler is set to meet Matt Brown in a number one contenders match later in the year. Diaz beat Lawler before in 2004, so a rematch in the future could be easily made.
A potential rematch with Carlos Condit could interest Diaz back into the Octagon. They fought to a close decision fight in 2012, which Condit won via unanimous decision. The judge's verdict wasn't welcomed by Diaz nor a lot of the MMA community and they could easily meet again.
However, Diaz is all about the money. He has talked about a potential fight with former Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, and Silva has said the same. UFC President Dana White is keen to make the fight, and so he should be. A fight between the pair would be a huge PPV draw, as they are two of the best and popular fighters in the company.
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