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Despite having a recent conversation with Nick Diaz, UFC president Dana White remains skeptical of his return.
Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC), who attended UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Fla., met with White following the event to discuss his potential comeback. While White said the meeting went well, he’s not entirely sold on Diaz’s desire to compete.
“It went good,” White told ESPN. “My whole thing with Nick Diaz is I just question how bad he really wants to fight. We got together, we had a great conversation, talked about a possible comeback for him, I just don’t know. We’ll see how it plays out this summer and the rest of this year.”
Diaz, 37, has looked in great shape of late. The former Strikeforce champion hasn’t competed since January 2015, but his manager claimed at the end of last year there was a “99.99999 percent” chance he’d return in 2021.
White’s biggest concern remains the massive layoff. He doesn’t think Diaz has anything to prove and didn’t get the impression that he’s genuinely itching to fight.
“It’s just the amount of time that he’s taken off already,” White said. “When you hear him talk about fighting, when you hear him talk about the sport – and I sit down daily or talk to daily hungry, young savages that want to break into the top 10, become world champions, all that stuff – Nick Diaz has done it all, seen it all. He’s been in big fights. I just don’t see that in him when I talk to him.”
That being said, White knows he can’t stop Diaz and would welcome him back to the octagon. He understands the kind of buzz Diaz generates and is just waiting for him to ask for a specific name after he already said there was no chance he’d fight Khamzat Chimaev.
“He’s a grown man,” White said. “This guy says ‘I want to fight,’ we agreed to a fight, and doctors say he’s fit to fight, it has nothing to do with me. …
“At this point in his career, I think that they’ll come back and say ‘we want to fight this guy,’ so we’ll see who they say they want, then we’ll go from there.”