Former UFC welterweight title challenger Nick Diaz recently opened up about his failed attempt to secure a shot at the UFC’s middleweight champ Michael Bisping in a what would have been a non-title, catchweight bout.
The long-awaited return of Stockton’s own Nick Diaz has become something of an increasingly unlikely prospect in recent times. The elder Diaz brother, just like his younger sibling Nate, has retreated away from the limelight to a certain extent in the last few months and despite his eligibility to compete again after an 18-month ban, has publicly stated that only the big-money or big-name fights will be enough to coax him back into action.
Nick, who last fought against Anderson Silva in 2015, has made his stance on any future MMA fights very clear at this stage but now, in a recent comment made to TMZ he revealed that he had, in fact, reached out to the promotion’s middleweight champion, Michael Bisping with the intention of setting up a non-title, catchweight matchup to mark his return to the sport.
“You want to know the truth right now? I talked to Michael Bisping already in New York about doing this fight. There’s more money for him if he takes the fight with me. We were talking about a catchweight fight, he’s talking about it like it’s going to be hard to make the weight. I’m like come on. It would be a non-title fight.”
“After I whoop his ass, he still keeps the belt. So that’s more money, then you go fight GSP. Same with Georges. I’m just doing more numbers than he is, so you can do more money to fight me.”
Unfortunately, things did not play out like that and now, Bisping finds himself facing one of Diaz’s old opponents, the legendary welterweight, Georges St-Pierre in a bout that will mark the Canadian’s own return to professional competition. GSP, who fought as a welterweight during his last run in the UFC, chose to make the switch to the middleweight division and the marquee numbers that a fight with the aforementioned Bisping would all-but-guarantee.
St-Pierre’s old title was contested last weekend in the rematch between the challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and the champion Tyron Woodley and for many – given the heights that their first encounter reached – it was a relatively tame second helping, a sentiment that the long-time welterweight Nick Diaz most certainly agrees with. As for Woodley’s claims that he is the best welterweight of all time, the Cesar Gracie jiu-jitsu black-belt’s response was certainly crystal clear.
“Can you believe how ****** boring that was? That was a boring fight. I heard a lot of boos. No he [Woodley] ain’t [the best 170lb-r]. Did you see that fight?”
Diaz, once again living up to his reputation as one of the most outspoken athletes in the sport today. With no date set in stone for his return, however, only time will tell if we will ever get the chance to see the former Strikeforce champion in action again.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena