Nick Diaz’s manager Cesar Gracie has stated that the star’s long awaited comeback is likely to happen in September, but has then thrown a spanner in the works by suggesting it might not be in the UFC.
“We were looking at September,” Gracie told mmafighting.com. “I have to see where he is in his contract. It is possible that his next fight will not be in the UFC.”
When asked if that meant Diaz could now be a free agent, Gracie replied, “we are studying that possibility.”
It’s a surprising twist in the tale as though Dana White had initially been highly sceptical when word first emerged that Diaz was aiming to make a comeback more than six years after his last Octagon outing, he’d recently appeared to warm up to the idea, stating that it was likely he’d fight in 2021.
However, it now seems that there’s a chance it won’t happen in the Octagon, and according to Gracie, Diaz is “very open” to the idea of having a boxing match.
If Diaz really is available then there would be no shortage of offers from those associated with the boxing world, but for the time being he’s still believed to be on the UFC roster, so time will tell whether this is just a negotiation tactic or something that’s actually going to happen.