Nick Diaz declines Condit bout at UFC 171; eyes May return

Nick Diaz declines Condit bout at UFC 171; eyes May return


After last night’s successful FOX 9 card from Sacramento, California, UFC President Dana White conducted his standard post-fight media scrum and as luck would have it, there was at least one nugget worth reporting on.

As fans know, the last 72 hours have been a busy one for the promotion’s boss. During the time span, the UFC lost its long-time welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre and since then, White has been scurrying around trying to deal with the aftermath.

Given the gravity of “Rush’s” announcement, the promotion’s brass have been busy trying to secure not only a title match between number one and three ranked challengers, Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler (check & done), but also trying to set up a match for the idle and number two ranked, Carlos Condit. The idea or assumption being, that the winner of Condit / “X” would get the winner of Hendricks / Lawler.

As to whom Mr. “X” might be, White apparently had only one name in mind and that was Nick Diaz. However and as it turns out, Diaz had no interest in the fight.

In addressing the subject White summed it up as follows:

“We haven’t talked to anybody I just talked to Nick Diaz. That’s who I had my mind set on. That didn’t work out, so back to the drawing board.”

In terms of why Diaz wouldn’t be interested in a number one contender’s bout and a chance to avenge his UFC 142 interim title loss to Condit, White had no answers. All that Dana had to offer regarding the question was to state the following, “It doesn’t matter why. He just doesn’t like it.”

As the promotion’s president tells the story, he texted Diaz with the proposal and the two entered into a back and forth about the fight. It was decided that they’d get together on Saturday night in Sacramento and hash it out. White stated that they went into a room and he asked Diaz “So, what do you think about this fight?”

To that Nick replied, “I don’t like it” and that was the end of it.  

Asked whether or not he was surprised by Diaz’s response, White remarked “no” and went on to state that “you either want to fight or you don’t want to fight” and that he can’t force people to fight if they don’t want to.

Further, White stated that he wasn’t frustrated with Nick, but at the same time he wouldn’t be offering Nick any more fights; that this was it. As White put it, “I told him that. You text me when you’re ready to fight.”

The Condit offer aside, White did state that Nick had told him that “maybe” he’ll be back this coming May. As to why Diaz would elect to come back in May and not accept a fight now, White remarked “I didn’t interview him. I ****ing asked him, he gave me answers and I said okay.”

So there we have it. Diaz was offered a fight / rematch with Carlos Condit, with the winner of that fight getting the new welterweight champion (Hendricks or Lawler) and he turned the offer down in favor of possibly coming back in the spring of next year.

To Nick’s throng of followers the news is bittersweet. On the one hand it sounds as if Nick will be fighting in the UFC next year. However and on the other hand, he is throwing away a phenomenal career opportunity; truly, something that doesn’t come knocking on a fighter’s door every day.

As to why Nick would pass on a Condit rematch and a number one contender’s fight, is anyone’s guess. Nick has always marched to his own drummer and fans can only assume, at least from Diaz’s point of view, that he doesn’t like the tune that’s currently being played; fair enough.

As White said, he can’t force fighters to fight and if Nick doesn’t want to take the opportunity that was put in front of him, there’s precious little that can be done about it.

That said, Diaz’s fans will be able to take some comfort in the fact that their fighter “might” be back in May. It might not be much, but it at least gives Diaz fans some hope to cling to through the coming winter months. It will also give them time to dote over the division’s rankings and come to the conclusion that Nick stands a good chance of finally becoming the welterweight champion. He has all the tools necessary to climb the mountain and stick his flag in its crest. The only thing Nick needs now is the desire.

For the record, the division’s new rankings are as follows:

Johny Hendricks

Carlos Condit

Robbie Lawler

Rory MacDonald

Jake Ellenberger

Demian Maia

Jake Shields

Martin Kampmann

Matt Brown

Nick Diaz

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  • dropkickmurphy

    I like Nick. I think he just loves to piss Dana off.. And he is crazy as sh*t

    • Brian Cox

      Crazy like a fox.

    • Bruce Lee

      Bleacher ranks the top 10 most crazy MMA fighters:
      No.10 Jesse "JT Money" Taylor
      No. 9 Wesley "Cabbage" Correira
      No. 8 Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
      No. 7 Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva
      No. 6 José "Junior" Aldo
      No. 5 Tito "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Ortiz
      No. 4 Jason "Mayhem" Miller
      No. 3 Brock Lesnar
      No. 2 Lee "Lightning" Murray
      No. 1 Jarrod Wyatt

      Nick Diaz didn't even make the list. Neither did Charles "CrazyHorse" Bennett.

      I agree with you both though – crazy but entertaining.

      • dropkickmurphy

        Viacheslav Datsik.. First guy to beat Arlovski. Went on a racist tirade, eventually escaped from a mental Asylum. Should at least be top 10 lol

      • DG1

        Instead of "crazy" put "crybaby" and instead of "entertaining" put "predictable"

      •éAmorim André Amorim

        José Aldo on that list? What did he do to be crazy?

    • DG1

      Like him? What do you like better? The hissy fits he throws when he loses, or his stuck up attitude? I hope he stays "retired" (read: at home sucking his thumb)

      • matt1926

        well said

  • NoPrideinUFC

    Give NBK rory macdonald like some on not a tough decision here considering he tossed condit around in their first fight besides a bad stoppage at the end of the fight… Dont believe me? Watch it again yourself and as for tyron woodley not being ranked that guys a monster he would eat ellenberger alive so dana should seriously be considering giving him condit… After all he is giving gus manuwa

    • NoPrideinUFC

      Id just like to add dana white really needs to grow up but i guess if his wife gave up on him growing up we should too

    • jdnextchamp

      Lawler // Hendricks
      Condit // MacDonald rematch

      If Lawler wins he either faces Condit = good fight, or Macdonald = good fight + good rematch
      If Hendricks wins he either faces Condit = epic rematch + great fight + well deserved for carlos, or Macdonald = good fight too + tristar vs hendricks grudge match.

      And then the losers could fight each other so the options ahead are the same but not for the belt.

      • jdnextchamp

        And then bring in Diaz to fight the best of them haha!!

      • falcon4917

        I want to see Macdonald vs Maia both were on a streak and coming off losses. Plus I would like to see Rory subbed.

        • NoPrideinUFC

          Rory aint getting subbed by mai he wouldnt be able to take the kid down and he would look foolish against rory on his feet

  • dirt

    he just needs 30 days after 4/20 to "perfect technical aspects of his conditioning".

    • jdnextchamp

      Does Nick even realize that fighting in May may force him not to smoke on 4/20, or not to pass the drug test. Big deal here for Purple Nick.

  • DG1

    Who cares? I am so sick and tired of seeing a new headline every time Nick hickups. The guy is a crybaby, and not good enough to content for the title. He should stay retired.

    • DG1

      Honestly, I wouldn't even tune in to see him fight unless there was a better fight on the card, or unless he was outmatched (which is normal) so I could watch him get his face pushed into the mat.

      • Bruce Lee

        So why are you on this stream? You clicked on it and have posted 6 times about him. Do you secretly love him? 😉

        • DG1


          • falcon4917

            I think I secretly do too. If you come out I will.

  • IGMBurninPiff

    I just can't believe noone is jumping on the he's scared train or anything. Every other fighter who turns down anyone is immediately scared and ducking. Diaz can turn down a number 1 contender fight and it's no big deal. This dude is scared homie. Condit beat on him the 1rst fight and would trash him the 2nd time around

    • jdnextchamp

      I actually think that he knows Condit will beat him. Condit has evolved A LOT since their fight while Nick has probably gone down a little bit. Especially on the ground Condit won't fall into Nick's trap like in the fifth round. And his striking probably is better too. If he loses to Carlos his career is likely over. Also losing to Carlos would be bad because their first fight was controversial but if Carlos wins again people will forget the first and will say that Carlos is better because he won twice..
      Nick wants to face a guy he knows for a fact that he can outstrike/submit or outcardio, not a guy like Carlos with infinite cardio like him, awesome striking with a good chin and good submission defense.

  • DG1

    Nick Diaz

    N No,
    I I will not
    C Cough up any money to watch Nick fight because I
    K Know the guy has tantrums and I

    D Don't want to give my tacit approval of his
    I Idiotic behavior
    A And think the best course of action is to call the
    Z Zookeeper and throw the guy a banana

    • DG1

      Ha! *facepolm*

      • Bruce Lee

        You write like you are a goof but a goof doesn't properly use the word "tacid". Busted! So if you are not really a goof you must be…(GASP!) a TROLL!

        • Bruce Lee

          Dammit – "Tacit".

          • DG1

            Never pretended to be a goof; not being a troll either… just think that Diaz lovers are like cows running into a burning barn. Like my punctuation? Your period should have been inside your close quotes.

          • Entity

            I think DG just cried 10 times as much as Nick.
            I think you would cry even more if you saw him across from you in the Octagon.
            Ha! FacePalm:-)

          • Zip

            Ouch, he got you there Michael. Just sayin :)

          • Bruce Lee

            I feel like he face-palmed me!! 😉 touché

          • DG1

            Want an eye poke with that?

  • combsdaddy69

    I'm a Diaz fan in general but sometimes the me against the world gets old. You complain about not making enough money but get suspended or walk away years at a time. The one not making enough is Nate. What he was paid for destroying Maynard was embarrassing. You have the main event winner making less than others on the card. Nate has always been a company man and I like his approach of taking a little more time between fights to be in top form. I'm not sure Nick has the right motivation for fighting anymore. Also, he probably needs the extra time to get the blood work clean.

  • Michael Ruatfela

    is it Just me who thot Nick Diaz and Cesar Gracie look like father and son (look alike)??