For the better part of last year it seemed as though polarizing welterweight Nick Diaz would be next in line for UFC champion Georges St-Pierre. The former Strikeforce title-holder was booked for a bout with GSP, though failed to show up to a few media appearances and was replaced by Carlos Condit. When St-Pierre went down with what looked like a minor knee injury, Diaz was once again inserted into the equation after “Rush” personally requested the fight be scheduled.
Unfortunately, St-Pierre then tore his ACL and has been sidelined since. With Diaz losing to Condit in February and being subsequently suspended for marijuana metabolites, his status has been left up in the air while the popular French-Canadian is set to meet Condit in a month at UFC 154.
As far as as the son of Stockton goes, it looks like he’ll fight in the UFC next year but not for a title even if GSP wins in November and attempts to influence the situation.
“When Diaz gets off suspension, he’ll probably fight one of the top guys at 170 pounds. Then we’ll see what happens,” said UFC President Dana White when asked about Diaz’s immediate future during a conference call with media.
Diaz has been fighting his suspension since an emotionally fueled impromptu retirement after Condit received a questionable decision win in their meeting. Regardless of who he faces next, the 26-8 Diaz is sure to entertain as one of MMA’s most talented athletes with a fan-friendly style, polished technique, and past wins over the likes of Paul Daley, Robbie Lawler, Josh Neer, and BJ Penn.
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