Las Vegas, NV, United States (4E Sports) – UFC president Dana White confirmed the return of Nick Diaz, who signed a three-fight contract extension with the organization with the intention to return to the Octagon in 2015.
The 30-year-old Diaz (26-9) announced his retirement after losing to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158 in March 2013 but hinted numerous times of wanting to fight again since, but nothing materialized.
According to White, Diaz was offered a fight against Carlos Condit at UFC 171 in March, which he declined. Diaz still attended the event and was heard heckling newly crowned champion Johny Hendricks.
“You have to do what you have to do. It was hard times for a little bit, but people act like I’ve been doing nothing. I’ve been getting things done. Just because I’m not getting punched around every day doesn’t mean I’m not focused on what I’m doing,” Diaz said.
Diaz, a former Strikeforce welterweight champion, has expressed interest in fighting for the UFC title again but would also welcome a big-money bout against former middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
The 39-year-old Silva (33-6) is still recovering from a broken leg he suffered in his last fight.
“I’d be interested in fighting (Silva) and anything that’s going to do well,” Diaz said. “That would be a great fight for people to see because he has my type of style.”
Diaz vacated his Strikeforce welterweight title and re-signed with the UFC in 2011, after spending five years outside of the organization.
He is 1-2 since then, with losses to Condit and St-Pierre. He defeated BJ Penn via unanimous decision in October 2011.