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Bisping: I’d love to fight Nick Diaz, but I’m ‘too big’ for him

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Michael Bisping says it would be an ‘honor’ to fight Nick Diaz, but jokes that the former Strikeforce champ is too small.

Nick Diaz has been interested in a fight with Michael Bisping for some time, and there was recently talk of Bisping fighting the older Diaz brother in his retirement bout.

But ‘The Count’ shut down those rumors on a recent episode of his ‘Believe You Me’ podcast, stating that it was all ‘total bullsh-t’.

With that said, Bisping has continued to tease of the matchup on social media, claiming that it would be an ‘honor’ to hang up the gloves against one of MMA’s most notorious stars.

Bisping, however, joked that he’s ‘too big’ to fight the former Strikeforce welterweight champion in response to a fan suggestion that he fight Diaz for the ‘money’.

‘The Count’ also gave credit to both Diaz brothers for being ‘the last of a dying’ breed in the UFC.

Bisping hasn’t committed to a retirement bout but recently hinted that, if he does return to the Octagon for one last fight, it will be at 205 pounds. The outspoken Brit started his UFC career at light heavyweight, winning The Ultimate Fighter 3 LHW tournament in 2006 but dropping to 185 pounds in 2008, where he eventually won the title at UFC 199 to become the first British champ in UFC history.

Diaz, 34, is a natural welterweight and is highly unlikely to challenge Bisping at 205. The Californian did, however, move up to middleweight to take on Anderson Silva at UFC 183. Many fans expected Silva to outclass Diaz, but the Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu black belt held his own against the former middleweight champ and lasted the full five rounds, originally losing a unanimous decision. The bout was overruled to a No Contest after ‘The Spider’ tested positive for steroids and Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites.

Diaz also recently completed a twelve-month suspension for a United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) whereabouts violation, and has been eligible to compete since April 19. However, the Stockton local has remained tight-lipped about his return and hasn’t revealed any real interest interest in a comeback.




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