Diaz to retire unless he gets GSP rematch or Silva bout
Unpredictable welterweight Nick Diaz continues to throw around the ‘r’ word.
After losing to UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre via unanimous decision at UFC 158, Diaz announced his retirement from the sport, something he’s been prone to do after a loss.
According to a source close to the Diaz camp, unless the UFC gives him a rematch with St. Pierre or a showdown with UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva, Diaz plans on staying retired for good.
On Tuesday’s “UFC Tonight,” MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani said Diaz’s legal representative, Jonathan Tweedale, confirmed that Diaz is determined to stay on the shelf.
Helwani said: “As for Nick Diaz and his fighting future, I asked Tweedale that question, and he said, ‘Right now, he’s retired, unless he gets a rematch with Georges St-Pierre or the big Anderson Silva fight.’ Apparently if he doesn’t get those fights, he is going to remain retired.”
The chance of either fight actually happening sounds like a long shot.
St. Pierre’s win over Diaz was extremely convincing plus the welterweight division is chalked full with young, hungry sharks who have bided their time and are awaiting their crack at GSP (see: Jonny Hendricks, Jake Ellenberger, Carlos Condit, and Rory McDonald).
As far as Silva, he fights No. 1 contender Chris Weidman in July at UFC 162. Another victory for “The Spider” may result in a super fight of his own with either GSP or UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.