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Gilbert Melendez Says Right Fight Would Bring Nick Diaz Out Of Retirement


Retired UFC welterweight fighter, Nick Diaz has been sitting idle since his decision loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158 this past March.

The former Strikeforce welterweight champ and on-again-off-again middleweight fighter has said he will never fight again.

His team Gracie teammate and UFC lightweight contender, Gilbert Melendez, has taken to the UFC 166 media event and told the press that if given the right fight, Diaz may return to action.

“I think with the right opportunity, for the right thing, he’ll come out,” said Melendez. “Whether it’s boxing, whether it’s kickboxing, whether it’s whatever, some sort of challenge would be great.”

“I don’t think he has the desire to be a stepping stone or he doesn’t want to play that role. Sometimes you have to come back up the ladder in your career and I don’t think he wants that. I think he wants to fight top-level competition. He doesn’t need to fight just to take it.”

“Nick is forever ready. He’s always in shape, he’s always sparring, he’s always grappling. He does triathlons, he’s in better shape than most guys who are relevant now in the game.”

8 Comments to Gilbert Melendez Says Right Fight Would Bring Nick Diaz Out Of Retirement

  1. drew says:

    hes better then most are relevant

  2. T.Daddy says:

    What Gilbert really means is Nick is waiting around for a free title fight or a fight he don’t deserve… Good fighter but he cries and makes excuses every time he loses and threatens to retire… GSP beat him.. Condit beat him .. Hendricks would beat him. Who’s left?

  3. T.Daddy says:

    What Gilbert really means is Nick is waiting around for another unearned title shot.. GSP, Condit both beat him.. Hendricks would wreck him.. Who’s left to fight? you lose you gotta work your way back up… But I could do without him crying and makin excuses every time he loses.

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