Dana White Warns Nick Diaz Against Fighting at 185-Pounds on His Return

Published 06/09/2021, 1:33 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 31: Nick Diaz taunts his opponent in their middleweight bout during the UFC 183 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


It appears that 2021 will be the first time in a very long time that we see both Diaz brothers compete in the same calendar year. After years of speculating about a potential return, Dana White confirmed that Nick Diaz is most likely set for a return to the octagon later this year. 

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The Stockton native has been inactive for over six years. The last time he competed was at 185-pounds when he faced Anderson Silva and lost. However, the result was later overturned as both fighters tested positive for banned substances. 

In a recent interview, Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports asked Dana White for updates on Nick Diaz’s potential return. White said, “It’s looking like he might fight this year. You know me, every time you ask me I say no, no, no. He actually might fight this year we’ll see how this thing plays out.” 

The UFC supremo continued, “I’m assuming he will fight at 170. I don’t think you want to fight at 185 here. I get it he wanted to do the Anderson Silva thing, but you don’t want to fight at 185 here, no way. Especially after not fighting for six years. 170 is bad enough.”

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Nick Diaz set for a spectacular return later this year 

The elder Diaz brother has been a fan favorite ever since he joined the UFC. Though Diaz was a champion in other organizations, he could never capture UFC gold. During his time with the promotion, he fought the very best the UFC offered, including the likes of Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre

We have often seen fighters return to the sport after a few years away from it. However, there have seldom been instances where a fighter has returned after six years of inactivity. Therefore, it is only natural to wonder how much it will affect Diaz’s performance. 

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There have been several names thrown around to face Diaz on his return. However, the common consensus is that the UFC will give him a warmup fight of sorts against someone who is not ranked. Based on his performance, and should he wish to continue fighting, the UFC would offer him more fights.   

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What do you make of Nick Diaz’s return? Will he be at 185 or 170? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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