nick-diaz-31.jpgIf Nick Diaz is really ready to come out of retirement for the right fight, veteran UFC middleweight Michael Bisping is willing to fight him. While it seems like an unlikely scenario, one pivotal figure has signed off on the possibility.

“I love that fight,” UFC President Dana White today tweeted.

The chatter began after Diaz’s teammate, UFC 166 main-card competitor Gilbert Melendez, recently said he expected the former Strikeforce champion would end his current retirement if a convincing offer came along. Melendez said it could be MMA or boxing or kickboxing.

When Bisping (24-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC), who’s currently recovering from an eye injury, caught wind of the comments, he offered his services. As he tweeted: “Well if Diaz wants a fight at 185 I would happily welcome him to the division.”

Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC), whose done most of work at welterweight, retired in the cage following a title loss to welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in March. The bout came 13 months after a narrow decision loss to Carlos Condit for the interim belt. After that 2012 fight, the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended Diaz for a year due to a second failed drug test (marijuana).

Few in the industry, though, have taken Diaz’s retirement too seriously. However, though there was brief speculation about a new deal and though White recently offered him a fight with middleweight Lyoto Machida, Diaz has given no indication he’s seriously contemplating a return to the cage.

For more on the UFC’s schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Nick Diaz)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Opting against retirement, UFC's Cub Swanson recalls time he was told he wasn't worth $500

  • 28 days ago
  • 15 views

UFC featherweight Cub Swanson remembers the time a local promoter basically told him he wasn’t worth $500. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Michael Bisping enters the Xander Zone with role in 2017 'xXx' sequel with Vin Diesel

  • 28 days ago
  • 8 views

Michael Bisping is heading to Hollywood. Well, Hollywood by way of Toronto, anyway. The UFC middleweight has landed a role in the latest movie in the “xXx” franchise, “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. read news >>

Dan Henderson on UFC on FOX 19 and retirement talk: 'Maybe this is the last' fight

  • 27 days ago
  • 26 views

When you’re 45 and nearly two decades into a pro-fighting career, the retirement questions are bound to pop up repeatedly. But MMA great Dan Henderson still isn’t ready to call it quits.Filed under: read news >>

Jon Jones Discusses UFC Retirement, Marijuana Usage, Hit-and-Run Incident, More

  • 27 days ago
  • 26 views

Jon Jones is hailed as a revolutionary force of the mixed martial arts world, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship star has proclaimed he "wanted to retire and quit" following recent struggles with read news >>

BJ Penn Video: Retirement, Return, Missed Opportunities… and Star Wars

  • 25 days ago
  • 5 views

UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn talks about retirement, coming back, missed opportunities, and how Star Wars played a role in his comeback. read news >>

Frank Mir after test failure: If 'B' sample isn't clean, this is retirement for me

  • 25 days ago
  • 114 views

Frank Mir may be one test sample away from retirement, the former two-time UFC heavyweight champion said.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

You Can Thank Mark Hunt for B.J. Penn Coming Out of Retirement

  • 22 days ago
  • 26 views

Former two-division UFC champion B.J. Penn retired from fighting following three consecutive losses in 2013. He's now expecting to fight again this summer. read news >>

B.J. Penn Looking to Make a Run at the UFC Featherweight Title

  • 17 days ago
  • 12 views

UFC Hall of Fame inductee B.J. Penn comes out of retirement at UFC 199 to take on Dennis Siver in what he hopes is one last run at the UFC belt. read news >>

Conor McGregor Hints at Retirement in Post on Twitter

  • 15 days ago
  • 22 views

Mixed martial arts fans will want to watch Conor McGregor as much as they can now, because the 27-year-old may not be around in the sport much longer. In a cryptic tweet Tuesday, McGregor seemed to i read news >>

Is it True, Did Conor McGregor Just Retire?

  • 15 days ago
  • 874 views

Conor McGregor lit the mixed martial arts world on fire on Tuesday, announcing his retirement... via Twitter. read news >>