In a little more than two months, UFC welterweight Nick Diaz will be clear to compete again after serving a yearlong suspension for marijuana use. Though he has been linked to a possible clash with Josh Koscheck in his return to the ring, Diaz’s camp believes there’s still hope regarding a go at divisional king Georges St-Pierre even if the Stockton scrapper isn’t technically a #1 contender.
“This is a weird game. It’s up to the fans, really,” explained coach/manager Cesar Gracie in an interview with The MMA Hour. “Things change, rules change. You can’t come of a loss and get a title fight, blah, blah, blah. And then all of a sudden you see Chael Sonnen, not only coming off a loss which wasn’t controversial, like Nick’s was pretty damn controversial. I think most people think he actually won that fight. The champions did. Anderson Silva, Chuck Liddell, all of these other people, the old-school guys, the new-school guys thought that Nick won that fight and they’ve told me that. But, look, Chael Sonnen gets knocked out and he gets to go up in weight and fight for a title, and be in The Ultimate Fighter house and everything.”
“What if Dana White can’t make the (St-Pierre vs. Silva) fight happen? Who knows? Fans demand Nick, and stuff happens all the time. You could see that fight happening. Don’t shut the door on things,” Gracie concluded on a shot at St-Pierre.
14-1 knockout machine Johny Hendricks is currently viewed as being next in line for a crack at St-Pierre’s championship, though things could certainly change based on public demand. Diaz holds an overall record of 26-8 with past wins over Chris Lytle, Paul Daley, Frank Shamrock, and B.J. Penn. He hasn’t fought since February when he lost a closely contested decision against Carlos Condit.
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