(Or, y’all could just keep sitting on that couch. It’s whatever, dude. / Illustration via prebek)
Update: According to MMAFighting, Dana White is denying that he made any sort of bout offer “to Gracie or anyone else that reps Nick.” Huh. Maybe Cesar Gracie has fallen victim to the same mysterious troll that’s been offering Bellator contracts to people? Or maybe Dana just doesn’t like when managers tell tales out of school, so to speak.
In addition to not telling his fighters which UFC publicity events their contracts require them to attend, it appears as if manager/trainer Cesar Gracie has also never really explained to Nick Diaz what a “retirement” is. Diaz said he was done fighting after his close decision loss to Carlos Condit in 2012 only to come back and fight Georges St. Pierre once his marijuana suspension was completed.
Then, after losing a not-close-at-all decision to St. Pierre in March, Diaz said once more that he was done fighting. Now, just a few months from that apparent retirement, Diaz is all angst-ed up from a recent split with a gal and ready to fight again.
The welterweight veteran sent a public message to Dana White a couple weeks ago and now, according to his manager, Diaz is considering an offer from the UFC. Cesar Gracie wouldn’t say who the offer is against during an interview with BJPenn.com, only that the proposed fight is ”kind of neat, I think. But no decisions have been made for sure.”
Whoa, long time since we had a “neat” fight in the UFC. Way to hype this possibility up, Cesar.
But seriously, what opponents would be kind of neat for Diaz at this point, Nation? We’re assuming he isn’t getting the middleweight or welterweight shot that he wants coming off of two straight losses.
But there are several top welterweights out there right now who Diaz could take on. Demian Maia, for example, needs an opponent and would make for a fascinating “who’s got better BJJ for MMA” matchup. Tarec Saffiedine could provide a fun, “Strikeforce Neva Die” bout. Diaz could also get rag-dolled by Josh Koscheck for three straight rounds and bring “Kos” back into the top tier.
What match up do you think will happen if Diaz re-ups with the UFC, taters? This writer is betting on/hoping for Diaz vs. Maia, which we already signed off on in April.