UFC 183: Dana White 'pumped' for return of Anderson Silva, but insists Nick Diaz doesn't enjoy fighting


But that's how he makes a living, so he doesn't have much choice.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White was finally able to lure former welterweight number one contender Nick Diaz back to the Octagon (sorry Walmart), after giving him an offer he couldn't refuse.

The UFC 183 main event opposite ex-middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

"The Spider" has also been riding the pine -- albeit for very different reasons -- and White is "pumped" to have him back, though he's not sure Diaz shares his enthusiasm, after mentioning how the Stockton slugger has a certain disdain for caged violence.

From last Friday's media scrum (watch it here):

"I'm pretty pumped for that fight. Anderson, I can't wait until he comes back. He's one of my favorite fighters, and you know Nick Diaz. That's the fight Nick wanted, that's the fight the fans wanted to see, so we did it. He's Nick Diaz. There are a lot of things he says that make him Nick. I believe that he doesn't enjoy fighting. Everything that this guy says is why he is who he is -- the way that he fights, his demeanor -- it all makes him Nick Diaz. A lot of people don't like going to work but you gotta do what you gotta do. That's how he makes a living, and not everybody loves what they do."

Diaz shared the sentiment in this recent interview.

While no title -- or title implications -- are on the line when these two collide over Super Bowl Weekend, the promotion-dubbed "super fight" is likely to do big business at the box office, thanks in part to the popularity of both combatants, who stand to make beaucoup bucks after the pay-per-view (PPV) buys are tallied.

Whether or not that sends the non-violent Diaz back into retirement, remains to be seen.

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