UFC legend Nick Diaz should not step into the Octagon to fight again, according to UFC president Dana White in a new interview.
Diaz came off of a six-year layoff and returned against rival Robbie Lawler at UFC 266 back in September, his first fight in the UFC since 2015. Although Diaz arguably exceeded expectations with his performance — he actually landed 150 significant strikes in the loss — he still lost, and it was a TKO defeat. As far as White goes, the fight showed that Diaz isn’t fighting because he loves the sport, but rather because he has to fight.
“Regardless of how good he looked or what he did after such a huge layoff, I don’t think Nick should fight. It’s not that I was in favor of it. He’s a grown man and can do whatever he wants to do. I just don’t think that Nick does it because he loves it. I think Nick does it because he has to do it. I don’t know, man. People always ask me, ‘What’s the key to success?’ It’s all about being happy and doing what you love,” White told ESPN (via MMAjunkie.com).
Despite White suggesting that Diaz should hang up his gloves and not fight in the UFC anymore, White also complimented “The Stockton Bad Boy” on the way he approaches his fights, calling it ‘fascinating.’
“When I always talk about the people who sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic and go to a job they hate, that’s what I feel like with Nick Diaz when he’s getting ready for a fight. He’s in bumper-to-bumper traffic going to a job that he doesn’t love at all. It’s actually fascinating. But for a guy that’s been off as long as he has, nothing but respect for Nick,” White said.
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