Nick Diaz hasn’t fought in 3 years. Still the excitement to see him return to the octagon is everpresent. The older Diaz brother has recently been granted a boxing licence in the state of Nevada.
Still many are dying to see him return to the octagon:
Nick Diaz takes a tour of the UFC Performance Institute with Jeff Novitzky- recently on the JRE podcast, Novitzky confirmed that he has infact been meeting with Nick Diaz over the last couple of months to help him resolve a USADA issue, he also said he believes Nick still wants to fight and could be back in the octagon in 2018.
Novitsky recently said on JRE that Diaz’ return is imminent as his suspension stemmed from an issue related to reporting his whereabouts:
“He trusted certain individuals to do his whereabouts for him, I think is what happened over time. And those individuals would come in and out of his life and it was kind of unbeknownst to him that he was missing a lot of these things. Nevertheless, there’s strict liability here and he’s currently under sanction, but we’re hoping to resolve that pretty quick.”
“I think he does,” Novitzky said. “I’ve sat down with him over the last couple of months and talking about trying to resolve this whereabouts issue. The unfortunate thing there is, look, the whereabouts failure sanctions are meant to catch people that are cheating and trying to avoid testing. I just think Nick’s lifestyle led to those three whereabouts. Not that he was trying to avoid testing.”
White has said on multiple occasions that he doesn’t believe Diaz will ever fight again. Diaz himself has spoken publicly about disliking fighting. But Novitzky, in interacting with the mercurial fighter recently, said he believes Diaz does indeed want to get in the Octagon again.