Who is Nick Diaz?
Nick Diaz is an American fighter from Stockton, California. He was born August 2, 1983, and is the oldest of three siblings. Nick has a younger brother Nate, who is also a UFC fighter, and a younger sister, Nina. Diaz studied Karate and Aikido from a young age, as well as participating in wrestling tournaments. He often got into fights in school, leading to poor attendance and a desire to spend more time in the gym.
In 2001, shortly after turning 18, Diaz made his professional debut. In just his second pro MMA fight, he won his first world title, defeating Chris Lytle via unanimous decision at IFC Warriors Challenge 17 in 2002. Diaz went on to have a pro record of 7-2 before he got a call from the UFC. His UFC debut was the last fight of his trilogy with Jeremy Jackson at UFC 44. Diaz faced Jackson twice prior in his pro career before they both made it to the UFC. He won the fight via submission (armbar) in the third round.
Diaz continued to have an impressive UFC career and went on to amass a massive amount of fans. This army of fans dubbed themselves “The Diaz Army”.
Throughout his time in the UFC and various other promotions, he earned wins over many notable fighters, including Frank Shamrock, Robbie Lawler, Evangelista Cyborg, BJ Penn, and more.
In February of 2012, he fought Carlos Condit for the Interim UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 143 but lost the fight via unanimous decision. After the fight, Diaz indicated he was retiring from the sport. For a short amount of time, it was planned for Diaz to rematch Condit. However, Diaz tested positive in his post-fight drug test for marijuana metabolites. This resulted in him being suspended for one year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. He returned to face Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158 on March 16, 2013, for the UFC Welterweight Championship, however, he also lost this fight via unanimous decision.
After his loss to GSP, Diaz would again claim retirement from MMA. Many, however, including Dana White, believed he was just on a hiatus. Diaz was offered a couple fights over the next year but reportedly turned them down; until it was announced on July 24, 2014, that Diaz had signed a three-fight contract to return to the UFC.
Diaz went on to fight Anderson Silva on January 31, 2015, at UFC 183. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Days after the fight, the UFC revealed the Diaz once again failed his post-fight drug test for marijuana metabolites. They also revealed that Silva had tested positive for various PED’s (performance-enhancing drugs). The decision was turned to a no contest. On September 14, 2015, the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended Diaz from competition for five years and fined him $165,000. This was later reduced to just an 18-month suspension, and an $80,000 fine, but Diaz would still find himself in more trouble with USADA.
Throughout a 12-month span in the years of 2016 and 2017, Diaz failed to be available for three consecutive drug tests. He also did not disclose his location to USADA in order for them to test him. Three failures within a 12-month period constitute a USADA violation, and Diaz once again was suspended for one year. The suspension began on April 19, 2017. This means that Diaz has been eligible to compete since April 19, 2018, although we have yet to see his return.
Will He Return?
Because Nick Diaz has been allowed to return to fighting for the last two years but still hasn’t done so, many people think he may never return to the octagon. Diaz is known for saying in the past that he’s never liked fighting. According to him, he’s always fought because he had to. Fighting has always been about surviving for Nick Diaz. Considering that he now owns his own gym, and has an estimated net worth of $3 million, he doesn’t need to fight to survive anymore.
Diaz recently did a sit-down interview with Ariel Helwani. Diaz stated during the interview that if he fights again, it won’t be because he wants to, but because he’s provoked. When asked about Jorge Masvidal’s recent victory over Nick’s younger brother Nate, Diaz seemed to get very irritated. He stated that if Masvidal wants to fight, “it’s on you”. In the same interview, Diaz said that while he doesn’t want to fight anymore, he felt like he was being summoned; when asked by whom, he said his brother, and “the whole MMA demographic.”
Dana White does not personally believe Nick Diaz will return, as he doesn’t believe Diaz wants it enough. After hearing Diaz’s interview with Ariel Helwani, those words begin to feel like reality. At this point, it’s unlikely that we will see Nick Diaz return to action unless somebody pisses him off just enough to put the gloves back on again. At this point, it seems like the only person capable of reigniting that kind of fire in Diaz is Jorge “Gamebread” Masvidal.
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