Nick Diaz Says He Wants Title Fight Against Johny Hendricks

Published on March 17th, 2014 3:16 pm EST

Nick Diaz, who has been "retired" since losing to Georges St. Pierre last year, made a surprise appearance at UFC 171.

According to Diaz, the UFC decided to fly him out for the fight. Diaz went out to say that he conducted a number of interviews while at the event, including the one that I have posted below.

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Diaz says that he has talked to UFC President Dana White and has indicated that he wants to return to the promotion for at least one more fight. Diaz, who said that he's "ready to fight", has a particular fight in mind - a Welterweight title scrap against Johny Hendricks.

According to Diaz, the fans want to see Diaz vs Hendricks, and that the fight would do some big business. Diaz said that he had no beef with Hendricks but that Hendricks fought Lawler like an "amateur".

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The problem, of course, is that Nick Diaz has lost his last two fights (both title fights, one for the interim title against Carlos Condit and one for the unified title against Georges St. Pierre). Crazier things have happened, but it's hard to imagine that the UFC would give Diaz a THIRD straight title shot, regardless of how well a fight against Johny Hendricks might do.

Diaz was reportedly offered a rematch against Carlos Condit but turned the fight down - Condit went on to fight Tyron Woodley, eventually losing via second round injury TKO.

According to Diaz, he is not interested in any of the Welterweight contenders (Hector Lombard, Rory MacDonald and others), and he has his sights firmly set on fighting for the Welterweight title.

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So, in short - Nick Diaz wants to fight again in the UFC, but he only wants to fight for the title.

It will be interesting to see what the UFC does here - they surely want Nick Diaz back in the fold (people want to see him fight), but they will almost certainly not be able to give him a shot at Johny Hendricks' title.



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