Nick Diaz vs. Hector Lombard in the Works…Sort Of
Nothing is ever easy when it comes to Nick Diaz, especially getting him to fight. Despite expressing interest in a comeback not long ago, the UFC seems to be having a hard time getting into contact with Nick. According to MMAFighting, UFC PResident Dana White said today in a media luncheon that the UFC was working on setting up a fight between Diaz and the heavy-hitting Hector Lombard, but that he has not heard anything from Diaz lately. “He said he liked the fight and then I never heard from him again,” White said at the luncheon.
Diaz (26-9, 7-6 UFC), last fought at UFC 158, where he retired after suffering a decision loss to Georges St-Pierre. Before that, he fought Carlos Condit for the interim title, where he also announced his retirement after a decision loss. However, Diaz remains a fan-favorite, both for his antics outside of the cage, and his fighting abilities inside of the cage.
The bout with Lombard (34-4, 3-2 UFC) would certainly make sense for Diaz. Lombard has established himself as a top contender in the welterweight division by knocking out Nate Marquadrt at UFC 166, and then winning a dominant decision over longtime Diaz training-partner Jake Shields at UFC 171. A win over Lombard, combined with his own unique popularity, would likely give Diaz a short path to another title-shot, assuming he ever gets in contact with the UFC.