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Nick Diaz’s Longtime Coach Believes Fighter Will Return to Octagon

Kelsey Mowatt

Nick Diaz

Following Nick Diaz’s decision loss to Anderson Silva, he didn’t really retire or commit to fighting again, but his longtime coach believes the enigmatic fighter will return to the Octagon.

Diaz’s jiu-jitsu coach and advisor, Cesar Gracie, recently appeared on “The MMA Hour” to discuss his student’s future. Diaz has walked away from fighting twice before, but returned to face superstars like Georges St-Pierre and the aforementioned Silva.

When asked if he believes Diaz will return to the UFC at some juncture, Gracie stated (quote via MMA

“Let’s face it,” Gracie said. “He’s a fighter and he’s gonna fight. It’s gonna happen.”

Gracie went on to add that Diaz is motivated by big fights, and that he doesn’t believe the former Strikeforce champ should have to face up-and-coming or less established fighters at this stage of his career. Considering that Diaz has been willing to sit on the sidelines for months, and wait for a high profile fight, it’s hard to imagine him changing that stance now.

It should be noted that Gracie made these comments before it was revealed that Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites, following UFC 183. Since Diaz is a repeat offender in Nevada, he could be facing a lengthy suspension, which, you never know, could prompt the fighter to hang up the gloves for good.

If you missed it, earlier this week Diaz posted a pic on Instagram that included the hashtag “dunfighting.” Could that means he’s retiring?

The 31 year-old fighter has lost three straight fights now, as prior to his decision losses to GSP and Silva, he was decisioned by Carlos Condit in February, 2012.


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