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Friday, Jul 25, 2014

Nick Diaz Inks New UFC Deal, Veteran Expecting 2015 Return

Lorenzo Fertitta, Nick Diaz (center) and Dana White (right) (photo via Twitter/ @danawhite)

By FCF Staff

Although 2014 will likely finish without featuring Nick Diaz in action, the UFC has announced that the outspoken fighter has inked a new, three fight deal with the promotion.

No details regarding Diaz’s contract extension were disclosed.

The 30 year-old Diaz, who hasn’t fought since March, 2013, when he was decisioned by Georges St-Pierre, was quoted saying at UFC.com:

“I’ve been doing a whole lot of not getting punched around-type stuff,” said Diaz. “I’ve been staying in shape pretty good, doing a lot of running. It’s been a good experience having this much time off.”

“Next year I guess, whatever though. I can fight tomorrow; tonight,” the longtime contender relayed, while discussing when he’ll return. “You have to do what you have to do. … [I came today] to sort things out with Dana White and Lorenzo [Fertitta].”

Following Diaz’s loss to St-Pierre, the welterweight announced he was done fighting, unless an all-star bout materialized. More recently, however, there’s been speculation that the UFC might book Diaz to fight Anderson Silva. Following the announcement of Diaz’s deal, White relayed on Twitter that there have been no formal talks with Silva about fighting Diaz.

“I’d be interested in fighting [Anderson Silva] and anything that’s going to do well,” Diaz said in the official announcement. “As far as Anderson Silva, I think that would be a great fight for people to see because he has my type of style.”

The only men to defeat Diaz (26-9) in his last 13 fights, and since 2007, are GSP and Carlos Condit.


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