By Adam Martin
It appears as though Nick Diaz is one step closer to returning to the Octagon.
The welterweight contender’s manager and head trainer Cesar Gracie recently appeared on BJPenn.com radio and revealed that the UFC has offered Diaz — who hasn’t fought since temporarily retiring following a decision loss to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158 and starting WAR MMA Promotions — a fight for an upcoming card, the first step towards his return to the Octagon.
“Dana White has offered him a fight,” Gracie said. “There is an offer on the table. I can’t say who it is, but it’s kind of neat, I think.”
This is excellent news for Diaz’ fans and fans of the sport in MMA in general as Diaz is one of the most exciting fighters in the world as well as a colorful personality outside of the eight-sided cage.
The 29-year-old, who is the former Strikeforce welterweight champion, holds a 26-9, 1 NC record with 21 of those victories coming by way of stoppage. Although known inside the cage for his tremendous boxing and BJJ, he’s also known for his marijuana smoking, triathlon participation, and general wildness outside the cage, all of which have combined to make him one of the biggest draws in the sport, a fact that UFC knows all too well.
Although there was no indication given by Gracie as to who Diaz will be fighting, speculation is that he’s been offered a fight against BJJ ace Demian Maia, who recently had his fight against Josh Koscheck scratched from UFC 163 after an injury to Koscheck. The fight between Diaz and Maia makes sense as far as the rankings go, and it would be a tremendous co-main event for any upcoming fight card.
Besides Maia, though, there’s also Rick Story, Tarec Saffiedine and Robbie Lawler who could be possible opponents for Diaz. Regardless of who he fights, though, the fans are guaranteed for a treat and that’s why let’s all hope he decides to end his retirement and fight again before the end of 2013.
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