Dana White Confirms Nick Diaz is Returning to the Octagon This Year

Nick Diaz’s return to the arena has been updated since the middle of last year. One of the most popular fighters of all time returned to full training last summer, with the goal of proving to himself he can fight again at the highest level. After succeeding in this, he ordered his managers to arrange a fight for him.

For now, that’s all that matters, Nick’s return is still awaited, and the one who has to give the green light is UFC President Dana White. He wasn’t a fan of the idea until recently, but apparently, something’s changed in the meantime.

“I wasn’t too excited about it because I didn’t believe it was going to happen this year, but at the moment everything seems like it will. It looks like Nick Diaz is going to fight this year, it seems really promising,” Dana White told Farah Hannoun, from UFC Arabia.

Nick and Dana met recently, and White wasn’t sure if he should give Diaz a chance. He said they had a great conversation, but he was looking for proof that Nick really wants to fight. Although Diaz told him personally, he failed to convince him. In the meantime, they didn’t talk, but some things seem to have changed.

“The last time I saw him was in Jacksonville, but we didn’t talk. I left that to matchmakers, but it all leads to him fighting,” the UFC president confirmed with a smile on his face.

Nick Diaz had his last fight in January 2015, when he was defeated by Anderson Silva. That fight was eventually annulled as they both failed a doping test. His last victory dates back to 2011, when he defeated BJ Penn, thus winning the position of UFC challenger for the welterweight title. He failed to win the title against Georges St-Pierre.

He is scheduled to be at UFC 263 this week alongside his brother Nate, who will be fighting Leon Edwards there. An encounter with White is thus very likely, and then it may be better known, and against whom and when Nick could fight.

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