Dana White: Nick Diaz 'liked' offer to fight Hector Lombard next, but was 'never heard from again'


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

The more things change in UFC, the more they stay the same in the 209.

It seems like we're inching closer to Nick Diaz's eventual Octagon return.

The pride of Stockton, Calif., was recently present at UFC 171, heckling main event fighter -- and eventual Welterweight champion, Johny Hendricks -- seemingly having a good time.

However, Diaz is quite picky when it comes to his next bout because the former No. 1 title challenger doesn't want to come back for just any fight. Even though he would prefer at a shot at the welterweight gold, it does make his potential suitors a limited bunch.

Earlier today at a media junction in Los Angleles, Calif., company president Dana White revealed that Diaz was offered another fight -- a big one -- against former Bellator Middleweight kingpin Hector Lombard. The match up is solid, with both sluggers preferring to trade blows at the center of the Octagon.

It could be something special.

In fact, according to White, Diaz initially liked the idea ... then he never heard from him since (via UFC on FOX):

The former 170-pound UFC title challenger is currently on a two-fight losing streak, dropping title fights to Carlos Condit and Georges St-Pierre, respectively. His most recent stint with UFC has been disappointing, with a record (1-2) that doesn't necessarily dovetail with his lofty expectations.

Lombard would seemingly appeal to Diaz, if for nothing else because one of his main training partners and good friends over the years, Jake Shields, was recently cut by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) somewhat unsympathetically after losing to Lombard at UFC 171.

Then again, White was even less sympathetic when addressing comments made by Nick's brother, Nate Diaz, about his current salary.

Perhaps that's the reason he went ghost ... again.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 24 days ago
  • 121 views

LAS VEGAS - UFC president Dana White held his annual Fan Expo question-and-answer session with the fans on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. As usual, the event was a mix of the serious, the less serious, and the absurd, ranging from detailed questions about the company's business to painful-to-watch attempts at business pitches.
One thing the UFC boss did indicate, however, is that he could very well by on the same wavelength as the fans who want the much-discussed potential Ander more

  • 6 hours ago
  • 47 views

Nick Diaz has not won a mixed martial arts (MMA) match since Oct. 2011, when he beat B.J. Penn from pillar to post en route to a unanimous decision win at UFC 137. Back-to-back losses since then, as well as a self-imposed two-year retirement, and Diaz could be back in Dana White's proverbial "title mix" if he is successful against former 185-pound champion, Anderson Silva, in the main event of UFC 183 on Jan. 31, 2015. That's according to White, who earlier this evening appeared on ESPN to discu more

  • 24 days ago
  • 99 views

LAS VEGAS -- UFC president Dana White discusses job opportunities in the UFC, Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz, Joe Rogan's fighting future, Gina Carano, Georges St-Pierre, and much more Friday evening at the UFC Fan Expo. more

  • 9 hours ago
  • 16 views

Anderson Silva wanted it. Nick Diaz wanted it. Dana White wanted it. Fans wanted it. And now it is a done deal. Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz has been signed for early 2015. more

  • 9 hours ago
  • 27 views

Appearing on ESPN's SportsCenter, UFC president Dana White officially announced the anticipated bout between former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz. SportsCenter anchor Max Bretos leaked the news on Twitter shortly before White appeared on camera: Dana White announcing on @SportsCenter Anderson Silva will be back in #UFC Octagon. He will face Nick Diaz January 31st. Boom.
— Max Bretos (@mbretosESPN) July 29, 2014 After taping the se more

  • 14 days ago
  • 72 views

The worldwide leader for mixed martial arts and UFC news, MMA News, UFC Rumors, MMA Rankings, Interviews, Videos, UFC Results, and UFC Blog more

  • 13 days ago
  • 27 views

The Las Vegas fight boss has seemingly heard enough petulance from The 209.
Even though he has not fought since Nov. 2013 (per his choice), Nate Diaz has always found a way to stay in the headlines.
Mainly because of his ongoing feud with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which mostly centers around pay (or lack thereof). When he's not voicing his displeasure with his employer, Diaz is taking pot shots at his colleagues who are competing ... or who just so happen to have fights coming up.
Hi more

  • 11 days ago
  • 64 views

Dana White recently said he didn't care if Nate Diaz wanted to sit out. Now we know why.
Nate Diaz is standing firm in his stance to not return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon until he gets a title shot or at least a new contract that pays him more than Arianny Celeste and Brittney Palmer. Unfortunately for the Stockton slugger, that's not going to happen anytime soon, according to UFC President Dana White, who says the ink isn't even dry yet on the contract Nate recently sig more

  • 10 days ago
  • 197 views

UFC President Dana White, however, is not ready to commit.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight attraction Conor McGregor was able to put his money where his mouth is by stopping Diego Brandao in the main event of UFC Fight Night 46 (full results here), which took place last Saturday (July 19, 2014) live on Fight Pass from the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland.
Dustin Poirier was not impressed.
In fact, the No. 6-ranked "Diamond" is looking to become the first man under the ZUFFA umbrell more