Diaz signed a three-fight extension with the UFC. | Dave
Diaz’s oft-rumored, eagerly-awaited return from retirement is
finally a reality.
UFC President Dana White first brought word of Diaz’s comeback
via Twitter on Thursday.
Shortly thereafter, the promotion revealed that the Stockton,
Calif., resident signed a three-fight contract extension. Diaz has
not fought since losing a five-round verdict to Georges St.
Pierre in a welterweight title tilt at UFC 158 on Nov. 16,
"I've been doing a whole lot of not getting punched around-type
stuff," Diaz told
UFC.com. "I've been staying in shape pretty good, doing a lot
of running. It's been a good experience having this much time
Diaz has been rumored as a potential opponent for Anderson
Silva’s comeback from a broken leg. While nothing was announced
on Thursday, a report from
MMAFighting.com hinted that Silva-Diaz could take place on the
UFC’s traditional Super Bowl weekend card in 2015.
White offered a different take on the tantalizing bout, although
his statement would seem to align with a potential Super Bowl
"There is no update on Anderson vs Diaz," the UFC boss wrote on
Twitter. "Anderson can't fight [until February]. Lorenzo and I have
not even talked to Anderson."
Diaz, meanwhile, seemed open to a variety of possibilities.
“[I’d like to fight] next year I guess -- whatever though. I can
fight tomorrow; tonight," he said. "You have to do what you have to
do. ... [I came today] to sort things out with Dana White and
"It was hard times for a little bit, but people act like I've been
doing nothing. I've been getting some things done. Just because I'm
not getting punched around every day doesn't mean I'm not focused
on what I'm doing. Now, here we are."
A former Strikeforce titlist, Diaz returned to the Octagon after a
nearly five-year hiatus with a unanimous decision triumph over
at UFC 137. In his next outing, he lost a highly-disputed decision
Condit for the interim welterweight strap at UFC 143. After his
loss to St. Pierre, Diaz claimed he was “done with mixed martial
He made good on that promise for a while, even launching his own
MMA promotion, the Stockton, Calif.-based War Mixed Martial Arts.
However, demand for Diaz’s return was high, and the Cesar
Gracie product started making media rounds at UFC events over
the past few months.
Although he and the promotion were finally able to come to terms,
one thing hasn’t changed: Diaz still wants to be involved in the
biggest fights possible.
"I'd like to fight for the title," Diaz said. "I think that would
be a big deal and worth fighting for. I want fights that will lead
to a title fight. Whoever is in line and whoever has the title,
that's who I'm going to be fighting,” he said.
"I'd be interested in fighting [Anderson Silva] and anything that's
going to do well," he continued. "As far as Anderson Silva, I think
that would be a great fight for people to see because he has my
type of style."