Nick Diaz not done with MMA, calls out Anderson Silva

The last six months may have felt like an eternity for fans of polarizing pugilist Nick Diaz after the controversial fan-favorite announced he was retiring from MMA based on some questionable scoring in an interim title-fight against Carlos Condit, then got hit with a year-long suspension for having marijuana metabolites in his system. However, it appears brighter days are ahead, as Diaz’s manager/coach/father-figure Cesar Gracie has announced his prized pupil is now planning to fight again.

“This week we had a great talk and he made it clear to me that he is ready to get back to the cage. Nick Diaz will return,” wrote Gracie on the GracieFighter website, adding Diaz’s presence in the gym has increased as of late and he’s training as hard if not harder than he ever has before.

Gracie also stated his team is appealing Diaz’s suspension in hopes of having it reduced and thus opening up the door for Diaz to fight again in 2012. If that is the case, apparently Diaz has a significant scrap in mind involving an opponent who is a UFC champion but not one with a French-Canadian accent.

“Nick has stated that he would like to take fights ‘that matter’. Since GSP will be fighting Condit, he has to look elsewhere. He will respectfully ask for a fight with Anderson Silva, a fighter he respects and would like to challenge,” revealed Gracie. “Silva’s camp has been speaking of a fight with GSP, possibly even at a catch weight. Nick will take that fight in a minute but has told me that should Silva decide not to drop at all, he will move up to 185lbs to face the Champ.”

Georges St-Pierre, who is one of Diaz’s fiercest rivals, will be facing Condit in November to unify his divisional title with the interim-title worn by the “Natural Born Killer”.

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A full copy of Gracie’s statement can be found below:

It’s been a trying time these last 4 months as I have been faced with the prospect that one of our team’s most talented fighters had decided to leave the sport. As a fan I’ve always admired what both of the Diazs brought to the cage; a combination of technical brilliance and raw violence.

Nate Diaz has finally put his game together and found the formula to propel him to the top of the 155lbs division. To see Nick leave at the top of his game was difficult.

For the last couple of months I’ve watched Nick begin to frequent the gym more and more. He’s training harder now than he has for many of his fights. It was obvious that training and fighting is in his DNA. It is who he is.

This week we had a great talk and he made it clear to me that he is ready to get back to the cage. Nick Diaz will return.

To address the NSAC suspension, I will say that we have appealed to the courts and if things go our way, it will be plausible that Nick could return as early as sometime at the end of this year.

For too long NSAC bureaucrats have acted with malicious incompetence towards the fighters. We will challenge them in court.

As far as future opponents, Nick has stated that he would like to take fights “that matter”. Since GSP will be fighting Condit, he has to look elsewhere. He will respectfully ask for a fight with Anderson Silva, a fighter he respects and would like to challenge.

Silva’s camp has been speaking of a fight with GSP, possibly even at a catch weight. Nick will take that fight in a minute but has told me that should Silva decide not to drop at all, he will move up to 185lbs to face the Champ.

I will be meeting with Dana next Monday August 6th to discuss this and other issues. If you appreciate Nick’s fighting style, please let Dana know that you want Nick back ASAP.

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