If UFC welterweight Nick Diaz is truly interested in returning to the ring again as he recently implied it looks like the organization’s matchmaking team already has an opponent in mind. Though details are still sketchy, Diaz’s longtime trainer and manager Cesar Gracie revealed his star pupil had been offered a fight and was mulling it over before making a commitment.
“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,” said Gracie in an interview with BJPenn.com. “Dana White 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.”
As alluded to, no name/date were provided though many have speculated that Demian Maia could be the man in question. Maia was scheduled to face Josh Koscheck at UFC 163 but saw the fight all apart when “Kos” went down with an injury while training. The slick submission specialist has also expressed past interest in testing his skill against Diaz’s.
Interestingly enough, White has denied Gracie’s claim, telling MMAFighting, “Nobody at the UFC talked to Gracie or anyone else that reps Nick.”
Diaz was last seen suffering a decision defeat to champion Georges St-Pierre in a March meeting. After the bout he announced he once again planned to hang his gloves up for good though the controversial Californian has backed off the notion of retirement within the last few weeks. The former Strikeforce title-holder is 26-9-1 including notable wins against the likes of Frank Shamrock, Robbie Lawler, Paul Daley, and B.J. Penn.