Nick Diaz has just been placed under temporary suspension by the UFC after failing three times to inform USADA of his whereabouts, but even putting that aside it seems that UFC president Dana White doesn’t believe the popular fighter will ever set foot in the Octagon again.
“I highly doubt it,” White told MMAjunkie when asked about the likelihood of the 33-year-old fighting again. “I don’t know. I honestly don’t think that, and I can’t speak for him, you’d have to speak with Nick himself, but if you ask me – people ask me, ‘Do you think Ronda is coming back?’ No. I think Ronda’s going to retire. Ronda hasn’t retired, but my opinion is, I think she will. I don’t think Nick Diaz will ever fight again. I just don’t think he has the desire anymore.”
“The thing about fighting, first of all it’s a young man’s game. You’ve got to be young, hungry. You’ve got to be an animal to jump out of bed every day and go in there and train the way that you do.
“The things that you have to do to get to the UFC, let alone break into the top 10 or the top 5 or be a world champion, you have to love it. I just don’t think that Nick loves it anymore.”
However, while his brother Nate Diaz also appears to be in no hurry to fight again after making millions in his double-header with Conor McGregor last year, White believes it’s still possible he could be tempted back.
“Nate, I think that Nate probably will if something popped up. But that’s just my opinion. If you ask the Diaz brothers they might have a different opinion.”