The word from Nick Diaz’s camp recently is that the star is committed to making a comeback in 2021 after a six year absence, but UFC President Dana White appears to be strongly against the idea.
“Everything that I see from Nick Diaz doesn’t look like Nick Diaz wants to or is ready to compete in this sport,” White told ‘The Schmo.’ “This sport, even Jon Jones, as good as Jon Jones is, you have to be 100 percent mentally, physically and emotionally ready to train, be ready for this and fight. And I just don’t think…I don’t think anyone should want to see Nick Diaz fight.
“Nick Diaz has been in a lot of wars. He’s accomplished a lot of great things in his career. He’s made a lot of money. He’s obviously super-famous. He’s gotten everything you could hope to get out of fighting. I just don’t know why, when I see his Instagram, why he would want to come back.”
In fairness to Diaz, his recent Instagram posts have become more focused on training, but certainly in recent years his social media offerings had been mostly used to showcase a party-heavy lifestyle and a complete lack of interest or desire to return to the Octagon.
In his absence, Diaz’s brother Nate Diaz took the spotlight at times with high profile fights against Conor McGregor and Jorge Masvidal that made him a multi-millionaire, but he too has been aloof at times and so it’s not overly surprising that White is very wary about the prospect of the elder Diaz finally stepping back into the cage.