Jake Shields sees teammate Nick Diaz returning to MMA

It appears at least one of Nick Diaz’s teammates feels the polarizing welterweight will fight again after prematurely retiring on the heels of his controversial loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143. Jake Shields, who has trained with Diaz for years as part of the Cesar Gracie team, echoed Gracie’s sentiments regarding Diaz’s future in Mixed Martial Arts when asked for his take on his friend/training partner’s plans.

“He’s calmed down, I think he’s gonna fight again,” said Shields to Swedish outlet Kimura. “He’s been a little burned out. They’ve been fighting him like crazy, keeping him busy. I think he needs a little break.”

In terms of why he is confident Diaz will return to the ring at some point down the road, Shields stated, “I think the time off will make him love the sport again and make him wanna get back in there.”

Diaz himself has not addressed the matter and is currently embroiled in battle to prevent his license to fight from being suspended as the result of a positive hit for using marijuana. He is expected to appeal the NSAC’s findings in a few months when the board meets.

Shields currently has his hands full with Yoshihiro Akiyama who he’ll face Saturday night in Japan at UFC 144.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC/STRIKEFORCE

19 COMMENTS
  • Richard Stabone says:

    Everybody wants to see Nick back. Love him or hate him, the dude brings it and is more talented than most of the other guys who are willing to throw caution to the wind & bang it out. So it’ll happen. Just a matter of how soon…depending what happens with his failed test / pending suspension.

    Regarding his latest failed test, apparently he followed his usual routine & it just didn’t quite work out this last time. I have no problem with Nick smoking pot on his own time… just don’t let it interfere with your obligations as a professional athlete. Moving forward, hopefully he’ll add a few days to his cleansing cycle.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    He’ll be back sooner or later. The hearing with the NSAC will dictate whether it’s the former or the latter.

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  • madheartmma says:

    Nick Diaz doesn’t smoke
    Weed. He EATS it. In cookies, granola bars etc. you can get a perscription in California (Proposition 215) the state has medicinal marijuana clinics, that make everything with herb,thc, etc. including baked (no pun intended) goods made with “pot butter”. Used just like real butter, in baked goods. Diaz runs 15 miles, swims 15, bikes 22. He eats organic. He’s not smoking anything but people trying to fight him in the cage. #WarDiaz

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Diaz runs 15 miles? Thats about what Condit did over 5 rds.

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  • gy614x says:

    I agree Madheart, he most likey doesn’t smoke. It’s very possible he vaporizes like Rogan does, that way there are no carcinogens from any kind of smoke. But it’s kind of irrelavant.

    The law is the law, it sucks, I’m pro weed legalization and I don’t smoke, and probably wouldn’t if it was legal. I just wish diaz was more professional about his use.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Hey Logic how many dead horses do you have in your back yard… I’m calling the ASPCA if you continue to beat them. :)

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  • Rece Rock says:

    “Nick Diaz doesn’t smoke Weed. He EATS it.”

    Yep, and Barry Bonds didn’t inject roids. HE RUBBED CREAM ON HIMSELF.

    lol…. I know it’s JUST weed BUT illegal is illegal, when trying to comply with laws, regs and policies things aren’t really that flexable, no matter how silly it may be, rules are rules.

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  • JabCrossHook says:

    Theres a video on youtube of nick diaz smoking a pipe and Joe Rogan mentions he was smoking a bong during a conference call.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    The only pot users I’ve ever known who didn’t smoke it were so cancer stricken they didn’t have the energy.

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  • but Rece that’s the point, its not illegal for Nick to partake in marijuana use because he has a medical reason to be allowed to do so. Now the legitamcy of that medical reasoning is debatable, but the Doctor has signed his scrip and it is legal for him.

    And fifty points for The Dead Horse comment.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    50 points!? Speaking of 50 points, how did Condit nearly get 50 points in the 10 point must system in that fight? All he did was run.
    There is no harm in beating a dead horse is there?

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Diaz doesnt smoke weed he EATS Condits dust.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    OK, I will admit I laughed.

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  • t’ouche Logic….but Condit didnt get fifty points, he got 49 or 48 points….depending on which judge you talked to.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    “but Rece that’s the point, its not illegal for Nick to partake in marijuana use because he has a medical reason to be allowed to do so.”

    True superdave…. But Diaz is a card carrying member in California… the fight and the commission was in Nevada.

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  • nevermind nevermind…I just noticed the “nearly”…I’ve gotta stop reading comments while participating in the acts that Nick Diaz “doesnt” do.

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  • Dufresne says:

    I’ve gotta stop reading comments while participating in the acts that Nick Diaz “doesnt” do.
    lmao! I love the comments in this thread.

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  • Sykotick says:

    Marijuana is only legal on a state level in some states, but federally, its still completely illegal,

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  • Dufresne says:

    And even in the states where it’s legal, it’s still on the list of banned substances by the athletic commissions. So even if the fight had been in California, he would have gotten in trouble.

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