Nick Diaz is possibly the most storied fighter in the history of MMA, both for his in and out of ring/cage antics. At times he can seem like a distressed teenager, vying for the attention of his peers. During his best moments, he was considered one of the best Welterweight fighters on the planet.
Since losing to Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit in quick succession, it appears that Diaz has lost his lust for MMA combat, although his recent love child WAR MMA shows that the Stockton bad boy is still in the game. Diaz spoke with Fighters Only to explain his stance:
"It's kind of hard to retire from MMA, there's always something to do. I am always going to be around it, like my brother is in training camp right now because he has a fight coming up so I am training with him. I don't mind taking fights if it's a big fight that people are going to make a big deal out of. If not, then it's not really worth it to me. I'm not trying to do too much right now. I don't know if I like the way the sport is turning into something different from when I got started. And I think it's a good time for me to take it slow as well."
With Diaz' style, and the levels he has reached in MMA, there is always a chance for him to make a comeback. The question is when? At the moment there could be big fights on the horizon for Diaz, but eventually people may start to lose interest. His last win was a 2011 decision over BJ Penn, and at age 30 Diaz really needs to make a choice.
One such choice may come in the form of a fight against fellow loud mouth fighter Michael Bisping:
“I think its a terrible fight for him, good fight for me. But everyone’s got an opinion. He’s not bad, he’s obviously got some power because he knocked out Paul Daley and he’s a tough kid. So he’s no slouch, he is good on the ground. Not a particularly strong wrestler but he is a dangerous opponent for a lot of people.
“I have never backed away from a fight in my life so if Diaz wants to fight me I am certainly not going to back down from some petulant child of an MMA fighter. If he wants to fight me and get taught a lesson then I will quite happily oblige him.”
For some reason I really like the idea of that fight.