While a middleweight bout with Lyoto Machida (19-4) was recently offered to Nick Diaz (26-9 (1nc), pictured right), the fight now appears unlikely to happen. UFC President Dana White recently admitted at the UFC Fight Night 26 post-fight media scrum that it was a bad idea, throwing UFC matchmaker Joe Silva under the bus for proposing the idea.
“It was a bad idea. The Diaz Machida thing, I’ll throw Joe Silva under the bus again, that was Joe Silva’s idea. It was a bad idea.”
When asked whether or not Diaz had turned the bout down, White stated that Diaz had not turned it down, but there was currently other things going on with the Stockton based fighter.
“No, Diaz didn’t turn it down. There’s other things going on with Diaz.”
While Dana refused to expand on what was going on with Diaz right now, he did suggest that an alternative fight for Diaz, who turned thirty earlier this month, could be in the offing.
“There’s a ton of different fight’s we’re looking at right now. I gotta figure it out. I gotta figure out Diaz, I gotta figure out Lyoto, I gotta figure out Dan Henderson. I gotta figure out a bunch of guy’s who need fights right now.”
Diaz last fought at UFC 158 in March, 2013, losing a unanimous decision to Georges St-Pierre (24-2) when he challenged for GSP’s welterweight title. Shortly after the bout Diaz announced his retirement from the sport, for the second time, but all the recent talk suggests he is ready to step inside the octagon once again.