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Gracie: UFC Has Offered Diaz a Fight

Kelsey Mowatt

Nick Diaz

The MMA world may see Nick Diaz back in the Octagon sooner than later after all, as after saying he was probably done fighting approximately four months ago, the UFC has reportedly offered the star another fight. Whether he accepts the bout, of course, is another matter.

News of the UFC’s offer comes from Diaz’s manager and trainer Cesar Gracie, who recently appeared on BJ Radio. According to Gracie:

“As far as his fighting and everything. He’s been in Vegas, he just got back a couple of days ago. There is an offer on the table, that’s all I can say. It’s something everyone is looking at right now and discussing with him. Dana has offered him a fight. There is an offer on the table, I can’t say who it is, but it’s kind of neat I think. But no decision’s have been made for sure.”

Now this shouldn’t come as too huge of a surprise, as Diaz recently relayed on Instagram that he was looking to fight again, and Dana White also confirmed that the former Strikeforce champ has been in touch with him about fighting.

After Diaz lost by unanimous decision to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 158, the frustrated fighter said his career might be over, unless he could secure a fight with either GSP (again) or Anderson Silva. Since that’s not going to happen, it would be very interesting to know who the proposed opponent is.

In terms of top ranked welterweights, seven of the UFC’s top ten fighters are signed to fights, except for Demian Maia, Tarec Saffiedine, and Josh Koscheck. The latter recently pulled out of a scheduled bout with Maia on August 3rd,  but there’s been no word as to how serious the injury is.

While Saffiedine is the last Strikeforce welterweight champ, one would think Diaz would only be tempted to fight Maia or Koscheck (of the three), since they are more well known to mainstream fans. Of course, the offer could be for a fighter who isn’t ranked in the top ten, but that seems less likely. Maia?

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