Nick Diaz hasn’t fought in more than four years, and it looks like his return to the Octagon isn’t going to happen anytime soon.
Away from the eight-sided cage since a five-round no contest versus former middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 183, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion released a statement on social media explaining why he’s not competing anymore — and advising young fighters to get paid better.
”I’m no role model, I’m 35 years old,” Diaz wrote, “but I definitely wouldn’t advise anybody to take a fight for less than their worth or fight for free. Which is practically what I would be doing at this point in taking a fight with some of these guys that are not on my level. Nor would I be within my moral ethics to even do that aside from you not painting me as a role model.
”If there was an offer I couldn’t refuse, things would be different. Until they are — I’d like to continue to think I’ve been fighting to make the world a better place, but until I can continue to do that: ‘I don’t want to hurt nobody, I just want to party.’”
Diaz (26-9, 2 no contests) competed twice for the 170-pound title in the UFC between 2012 and 2013. A year after losing an interim title bout with Carlos Condit at UFC 143, Diaz came back to face Georges St-Pierre for the undisputed belt at UFC 158, again losing via decision.