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Dana White on Nick Diaz's next fight

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Mike Chiappetta

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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 the situation.

You can probably expect to keep on waiting. During a Thursday Google+ Hangout with FOX Sports, UFC president Dana White offered little reason for Diaz fans to be optimistic for a return anytime soon.

"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.

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