Nick Diaz appears to be returning to the octagon in 2021. At least that’s what his manager is saying.
In an interview with Fanatics View, Diaz’s manger, Kevin Mubenga, spoke on how he is nearly 100 percent sure that the elder Diaz brother will fight again next year.
“99.99999 (percent),” Mubenga said. “We just got to get everything else right with the organization and everything. We’ll be able to move forward. He’s been training. People want to see (that). Well, he’s been training as you can see for the last few several months. He took a little break now. Now, it’s time to get back on there and just go through it. You don’t want to overtrain and over-exhaust yourself, especially when you don’t have a date yet. But it was good to be able to go through the regimen and go through that small camp there to kind of feel everything out (and) get back with everyone (like trainer) Cesar Gracie.”
Mubenga also added that Diaz, 37, has been working towards a UFC comeback. In August or September, he started intense training and last month he took a break to avoid overtraining his body. Now he’s back full steam ahead.
“He took a little break last month and now we’re going to pick it back up in December and go into the new year hopefully with a new deal done,” Mubenga said. “(We’ll) make sure the money is right and the opponent is right and we’ll be able to move forward with all of this.”
Diaz (26-9, 2 NC) hasn’t fought since UFC 183 in January 2015 when he lost to Anderson Silva by unanimous decision. The fight was later overturned to a no contest after Silva tested positive for drostanolone and androsterone and Diaz also tested positive for marijuana.
Prior to that fight, Diaz lost back-to-back fights to Carlos Condit and Georges St-Pierre. His fight with Condit was for the interim welterweight title in which Condit won by unanimous decision. Condit went on to lose his undisputed championship opportunity to St-Pierre. Diaz was next for GSP after the Condit fight and GSP won that fight by unanimous decision.
Diaz’s last win inside of the octagon came over B.J. Penn at UFC 137 in 2011.
Prior to joining the UFC, Diaz won the inaugural Strikeforce welterweight championship and defended his belt on three occasions.