It took over a year, but Diaz is back in the Octagon.

Nick Diaz has returned to the UFC. Good news for fans of trash talk and action fights, bad news for guys who aren't fans of Nick Diaz. Diaz went into retirement shortly after losing to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 158 in March of last year. While sitting on the sidelines, he had a lot of criticism of the UFC's monetary stinginess and exactly what kind of fights or contract that it would take to get him back in the Octagon. For a long time it sounded like those demands would never be met, and in more recent interviews, Diaz has sounded increasingly happy with retirement. Something must have changed however, because Dana White broke the news on Twitter that Diaz is back with a three fight deal.

Fans have long been talking about the idea of finally seeing Nick Diaz fight Anderson Silva, now that Silva no longer holds the belt. Turns out that that appears to be the fight that UFC brass want to make as well as Ariel Helwani reported on Twitter:

This may no loner be a super relevant fight at middleweight or welterweight, but it's almost certainly a fight that would sell like crazy. Anybody excited?

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