When opportunity presents itself in MMA, fighters usually look it in the face and accept the challenge. That is the complete opposite of what Nick Diaz did when offered a rematch against the now opponent-less Carlos Condit. According to reports from UFC president Dana White, he offered Diaz the fight and he turned it down.
Diaz, who has lost two of his last three fights inside the octagon, has not fought since March 16 when he lost to Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight title. Prior to that, he lost to Condit by decision for the interim welterweight title. His only victory inside the UFC since he defeated Gleison Tibau back in 2006 came at the expense of B.J. Penn.
Diaz has been given more chances in the UFC than most people. Without any merit whatsoever, he was given two title shots (one for the interim title and one for the undisputed title). Now the UFC has offered him a fight against a top-five welterweight in Condit and he turned it down.
A victory over Condit, even by split-decision, would have put Diaz back on the fast track to a title shot now that GSP has taken a leave of absence. It’s not a stretch saying that Diaz can beat Condit. It’s not like he was dominated in their first meeting. Instead of Diaz working his way up the ladder like every other fighter has done, he wishes to continue sitting on the sidelines in “retirement” and crying about losing decisions to GSP and Condit.
If Diaz wishes to continue turning down fights, the UFC should go ahead and relieve him of his duties with the organization.