White: Nick Diaz still retired

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"I talked to his guy last week," White confirmed. "They said he’s retired."
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Mike Chiappetta

Mike Chiappetta has documented the fast-growing sport of mixed martial arts since 2006 for news organizations including SB Nation, NBCSports.com, FIGHT! Magazine, AOL and ESPN. He appears regularly as an analyst on countless television shows and radio programs, including CBS Radio and MMA Beat. Follow him on Twitter.



Earlier this week, former UFC welterweight No. 1 contender Nick Diaz was quoted in a story as saying he was ready to return to the Octagon.

The mercurial Diaz told Fighters Only he was only interested in “big fights.”

That was news to UFC president Dana White, who told FOX Sports on Saturday night that as far as he knew, Diaz was still retired. And that information, he said, was very current. It came from just days ago, when he called Diaz’s lawyer and got the same answer.

“They told me he’s retired,” he said. “I talked to his guy last week. Literally last week. They said he’s retired.”

Later on, White told the media that he actually offered Diaz a specific fight and that is the answer that he got.

The 30-year-old Diaz stepped away from the sport after his five-round unanimous decision loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158 in March but it seems that he’s hellbent on returning on his own terms.

Since then, he promoted his own event, WAR MMA in Stockton, Calif., but hasn’t really been heard from much aside from it. That changed this week when the Fighters Only story was released.

In it, Diaz said “If there is a big fight available, people know where I am,” but also laid out contract demands that he earn between $3-$5 per pay-per-view units sold. Since he still has fights remaining on his current deal, it’s unknown whether the UFC would be interested in renegotiating a new one.

Diaz (26-9, 1 no contest) has dropped his last two fights, including a decision loss to Carlos Condit in Feb. 2012.

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