Last weekend’s UFC 205 event was a historic event for both the company and the now two-division champion Conor McGregor, who knocked out Eddie Alvarez to become the lightweight champion.
After the show, McGregor threw a party to celebrate being the only fighter in UFC history to hold a championship in two different weight classes simultaneously. The new champ was amongst family, friends, and fans. But there was one guest that McGregor wasn’t aware of, and that’s longtime middleweight and welterweight fighter Nick Diaz, who is the older brother of “Mystic Mac’s” biggest rival, Nate Diaz.
During the party, Diaz had a short and concise message for the UFC’s new two-division champ: “I was already a two-weight world champion, b**ch.”
Diaz, who recently finished serving a suspension which was handed to him by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after testing positive for marijuana leading up to his most recent fight with Anderson Silva back in January of last year, still doesn’t have an opponent for his comeback fight, but he is interested in returning to the UFC.
Some believe that a Nick Diaz vs. Conor McGregor fight at welterweight would do big business for the UFC, but it looks like the new lightweight champion’s first title defense will be against Nick’s little brother Nate, even though Nate just lost to McGregor.
Possible opponents for Nick Diaz include Tyron Woodley, who is the current UFC welterweight champion, and Georges St-Pierre, who fought and defeated Diaz back in March of 2013. Of course, GSP still isn’t back with the UFC, but he’s in the process of working out a deal, so he can return to the Octagon and make one more run at the welterweight title.
As previously mentioned, Nick Diaz hasn’t fought since January of last year, and his loss to Anderson Silva was overturned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, as they decided to rule the fight a no contest due to both fighters failing their pre-fight drug tests. Since then, Silva has fought twice — once against Michael Bisping, and once against UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier — and he’s lost both times.
Diaz hasn’t won a fight since October of 2011, when he defeated UFC legend BJ Penn via decision, and his record since returning to the UFC after the Strikeforce buyout is 1-2-1, with his two losses coming against Carlos Condit and the aforementioned Georges St-Pierre.
Carlos Condit is another potential opponent for Diaz when he returns to the UFC, as the two battled to a controversial split decision in February of 2012. It’s a fight that many people thought Diaz won, but the judges scored the fight for Condit. However, despite the loss, Diaz ended up getting a welterweight title shot after that fight.
It’s likely that Diaz’s comments against McGregor is his way of trying to convince the UFC to book a fight between the two of them. Will it work? Well, that depends on whether or not McGregor is interested in fighting the older Diaz brother, because, as of right now, it looks like the UFC’s two-weight champ is calling his own shots. It would be a big money fight if it happened, so while it probably won’t happen anytime soon, it could happen at some point, probably after McGregor fights Nate Diaz for a third time.
Since serving his suspension, Nick Diaz has made it pretty clear that he’s only interested in coming back for big money fights, which greatly shortens the list of guys he’d be willing to fight. So, don’t expect him to come back and be a standard welterweight fighter, because he’s not interested in climbing the ranks at this point in his life and career.
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