One of MMA’s most polarizing figures is a free man as of today (August 1, 2016) and ready to make his return to the Octagon. Former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz has been out of action since suffering a defeat that was later changed to a no-contest against all-time great Anderson “The Spider” Silva in January 2015. After the bout it was revealed that “The Stockton Bad Boy” had once again tested positive for Marijuana, leading the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to hand him a ludicrous five year suspension.
It’s safe to say that MMA world went crazy backing Diaz, and his suspension was later changed to an 18-month ban dating back to January 2015. Since Diaz has last competed, the sport and the UFC has changed quite a bit, but one thing that hasn’t changed is Diaz’s star power, and it could even be argued that his popularity has since increased. In fact, he recently told TMZ Sports that he’s ‘on top’ and he’d like to fight the best guy in his highly-anticipated return.
One fight that could be potentially looming on the horizon is a welterweight title fight with newly-minted champ Tyron Woodley, who knocked out Robbie Lawler this past weekend (July 30, 2016) to steal the gold. After his win, Woodley called out Diaz for a battle in just a few weeks at August 20’s UFC 202, an event headlined by Nick’s brother Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor. Regarding that scenario, Diaz said that he’ll need an offer ‘he can’t refuse’, adding that he doesn’t owe anything to anyone.
Check out Diaz’s full interview below: