Well, well, well. Look who’s back in business! Nick Diaz has finally decided it’s time to get back to doing what he does best and has signed a new three fight deal with the UFC.
Diaz has been on hiatus since an successful attempt to dethrone George St.Pierre at UFC 158 back in March of last year and had turned down several attempts from the UFC to get him back in the Octagon since then.
After, “doing a whole lot of not getting punched around-type stuff,” he’s now decided it’s time to return and he’s now eager to get into title contention.
“I’d like to fight for the title,” Diaz told UFC.com. “I think that would be a big deal and worth fighting for. I want fights that will lead to a title fight. Whoever is in line and whoever has the title, that’s who I’m going to be fighting.”
However, Diaz is also interested in potential ‘superfights’, and his sudden change of heart about fighting does coincide with strong rumors that a fight with Anderson Silva could be on the cards.
“I’d be interested in fighting [Silva] and anything that’s going to do well,” he said. “As far as Anderson Silva, I think that would be a great fight for people to see because he has my type of style.”
Diaz is believed to be the fighter Silva is most interested in fighting when he returns from the devastating leg break he suffered at UFC 168 back in December.
Silva’s recovery has been going very well, but he’s proceeding with caution and the current talk is that he may be targeting Superbowl weekend next year for his comeback fight.
Conveniently, Diaz has also indicated that his intention is to make his return to the Octagon in 2015.
Whatever happens, having a colorful character and fan favorite like Diaz back is definitely a good thing for the UFC and there’ll be no shortage of exciting match-ups available for him both at 170 and 185lbs, with the Stockton native himself mentioning the likes of Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler as potential opponents.