”We’ll Make Sure the Money is Right” – Nick Diaz’s Manager Confirms UFC Return

Published 12/03/2020, 8:45 AM EST


One of the most sought-after fighters of the UFC, Nick Diaz, might return to the UFC octagon in 2021. He stepped inside the cage five years ago against the all-time UFC great, Anderson Silva, which was overturned as a no-contest.

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Diaz has been out of action for half a decade now, but has cornered his younger brother, Nate, in several fights. As per manager Kevin Mubenga, Diaz will foreseeably rebound to fight in the octagon next year.

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When talking to Fanatics view, Mubenga detailed Diaz’s return.

“That’s the millions and millions of dollars question! Yeah, the guy has been training. He’s been training for at least four months now, straight. … Now, we’re in December–we’re what? Four months (or) five months in now?

“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, (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.”

When talking about the probability of Diaz’s return, Mubenga suggested, “99.99999 (percent). We just got to get everything else right with the organization and everything.

“We’ll be able to move forward.  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,” he concluded. (via MMA Junkie)

Who should Nick Diaz fight in his return?

Diaz is a UFC veteran, who debuted with the promotion in 2003. The American bounced primarily between Welterweight and Middleweight divisions in his extensive UFC career. For resuming his run at Welterweight, Diaz will have a number of options as Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley, or Anthony Pettis.

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However, considering Diaz’s age (37), the 185-pound division can be a real challenge. It is highly stacked with fierce contenders like Uriah Hall, Kelvin Gastelum, Jared Cannonier, and more. Diaz is more likely to find his ideal opponent in the Welterweight division.

He last fought at Welterweight in 2013 to GSP. It was a Welterweight title bout which the American lost via unanimous decision. He holds a 26-9 (2 NC) record in MMA. A major chunk of his UFC wins have come across the Welterweight division, but Diaz has still been unable to get UFC gold.

Who would you like to see Diaz go against? And at which weight category?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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