White: “Diaz doesn’t want to fight”

UFC middleweight Michael Bisping loves the idea of facing
perennial bad boy Nick Diaz at 185 pounds when he returns to action
in 2014.

UFC president Dana White is also on board for making that fight
happen.

The only problem is it appears Diaz wasn’t kidding when he
retired earlier this year after a loss to Georges St-Pierre in the
main event of UFC 158.

“I love that fight, I like it,” White said about a potential
Bisping vs. Diaz showdown. “But everything I hear from Nick Diaz is
he doesn’t want to fight.”

White has reached out to Diaz several times with different fight
offers and ideas to return to the Octagon but despite his best
efforts the former Strikeforce welterweight champion remains
reticent to stay retired.

Diaz lost to St-Pierre following a year-long suspension after
testing positive for marijuana in his 2012 fight against Carlos
Condit at UFC 143. His retirement was met with some cynicism
because Diaz has talked about walking away from the sport before,
but each time found an enticing enough offer to be lured back into
the cage.

Now seven months removed from his last fight in the UFC, Diaz is
still steadfast in his retirement and there hasn’t been a bout
offered yet that has spurred him to return.