Nick Diaz has only fought a single time in the last 18 months, a
span that continues to expand as he remains voluntarily sidelined
following his February UFC 158 welterweight championship defeat at
the hands of Georges St-Pierre. In the days following his
semi-retirement announcement in April — Diaz’s
representative said he’d be willing to return for either a
rematch against GSP or a bout against Anderson Silva — it was
widely assumed to be a temporary situation. Yet here we are, still
waiting for the enigmatic 30-year-old to provide some clarity on
“Nick’s obviously still on the roster,” he said. “He’s still an
active fighter here in the UFC, but as far as I know, he’s just not
interested in fighting right now. He doesn’t want to fight.
Obviously when Nick finally fought Georges St-Pierre, Nick Diaz
made some money. So Nick Diaz has some kickback money. He can
probably take as long as he wants to fight again. I would assume
that’s why [he’s not fighting].”
In the grinding fight game, motivation is an important element
of success. Diaz never pretended to hide the fact that he
didn’t love the process, and that he was trying to make some
money to improve upon his rough beginnings in Stockton, California.
After the big payday, White can’t help but wonder if Diaz
(26-9, 1 no contest) has what he came for.
“Once you make some money? You know. You’re fighting to
make a living, you’re fighting to pay your bills, you’re fighting
to get things that you want out of life,” he said. “And
with the money that Nick Diaz made in his last fight, I’m sure he’s
got everything he wants right now.”
Diaz’s fight with St-Pierre is believed to be the
highest-grossing UFC pay-per-view of 2013, though Diaz lost a
unanimous decision, failing to win even a round in defeat.