UFC veteran and fan favourite at 170lbs, Nick Diaz, is set to make his long-anticipated return to the Octagon on March 2nd per president of the UFC, Dana White.
A deal is close to being finalised that would see Nick Diaz return to compete against Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal in a welterweight bout in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas at UFC 235. The last time Nick Diaz was seen in UFC competition, he suffered a decision loss to all-time great Anderson “The Spider” Silva in January of 2015. However, after both competitors were unable to pass their drug tests, the result was overturned to a no contest.
Diaz, the Stockton native and former Strikeforce champion, was suspended for 18 months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission due to testing positive for marijuana metabolites. In 2017, USADA handed Diaz yet another suspension for failing to participate in three out-of-competition drug tests. He became eligible to fight again in April of this year.
Earlier this week, ESPN were informed by Masvidal that he had been given the opportunity to compete against Nick Diaz, but he wasn’t convinced that Diaz would agree to the bout. Being held back by underlying injuries and the chance to star on a Spanish reality show, “Gamebred” has not been in UFC competition since November 2017.
The last time Nick Diaz was victorious in the Octagon was in October 2011, when he defeated BJ Penn by unanimous decision at UFC 137. A threat both on the feet and on the ground, Diaz was given the chance to take on Georges St-Pierre in a welterweight title fight at UFC 158. A fight that the judges unanimously scored in favour of GSP.
Diaz found himself involved in a criminal investigation after being accused of domestic abuse in Las Vegas. However, he cleared his name earlier in the year and all charges were officially dropped in August.
Two men that are always down to brawl, Jorge Masvidal will definitely provide Nick Diaz with a good challenge for his return to the UFC in a bout that is not to be missed