Dana White on Nick Diaz’s next fight

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.


target="_blank">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.