Dana White announced on Twitter this evening that Nick Diaz is on his way back to the UFC.
With mounting injury woes to many of their top stars (Jose Aldo, Anderson Silva, Alexander Gustafsson, Johny Hendricks, the list goes on and on), the news announced this evening that Diaz has at last signed a contract extension that couldn’t come at a better time for the UFC.
Diaz’s contract extension is for three fights, and it is believed that he and the UFC are targeting a return to the octagon in 2015 for the Stockton fighter. White’s Twitter announcement was accompanied by a photo of the fighter with himself and Lorenzo Fertitta, as well as one of Diaz signing his new contract.
Rumors have already begun to swirl that Diaz might fight at the UFC’s Superbowl Weekend card in 2015, perhaps against Anderson Silva, but White has since stressed that the Silva fight was not discussed. Regardless, the fight would make sense. Both fighters are coming off back-to-back losses, Diaz to Carlos Condit, followed by Georges St. Pierre, and Silva to Chris Weidman twice. In the case of Diaz, he announced he was retiring after the GSP fight, and has sat out since, in what should be his prime. But when Silva’s manager Ed Soares mentioned him as a possible return opponent for The Spider once his broken leg is fully healed, Diaz seemed open to the idea.
With his trash talking ways and in-your-face style inside the cage, Diaz certainly has his legion of fans in the MMA realm. And if he can keep his more extreme poor behavior in check (missing press duties, scrapping at hospitals), he could be the box office draw that the UFC has thus far lacked in 2014, though they will have to wait until 2015 to see how things play out.