Gilbert Melendez: Nick Diaz is Retired
While he has not made any sort of announcement, Nick Diaz is retired from MMA, according to longtime teammate and friend Gilbert Melendez.
Melendez made the retirement claim during a recent appearance on Chael Sonnen’s “You’re Welcome” podcast. In addition, Melendez says Nate Diaz is still training but making a nice living out in California.
“I would love to see [Nick] come back, but last time I checked, he’s retired,” Melendez said. “[Nate’s] training hard. His brand is huge. He’s so dang famous; the guy’s an A-lister now. Everyone knows him where I go. He’s big in the cannabis game out there and hanging out with celebrities, doing appearances. Being a real businessman out there. He has his specialties, and he’s doing good. He’s training all the time, living a good lifestyle.”
Melendez doesn’t rule out a comeback for the elder Diaz under the right circumstances, but the former Strikeforce and WEC lightweight champion says those aren’t there at the moment.
Nick Diaz last competed in the UFC back in January 2015, facing Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 183. He was reportedly linked to Jorge Masivdal for a comeback fight at UFC 235, which UFC President Dana White confirmed at a UFC 231 press conference. But just a few weeks later, the fight was called off. White blamed Diaz, saying “all you’ve got to do is look at his Instagram. I don’t think it looks like he’s training for a fight.”
Diaz later had strong words for the UFC, stating “it’s all about Bellator now at least they pay me.”
Diaz was charged with domestic abuse for an alleged attack in May, but prosecutors deemed the claim against him wasn’t credible. In addition, Melendez says there are no knowledgeable regulatory preventions from a Nick Diaz comeback. USADA cleared Nick Diaz of wrongdoing after a one-year suspension for a whereabouts failure.
“I don’t think there’s anything holding him back, except just his decision whether he wants to come back or not,” Melendez said. “I think he’s always running and staying ready. He’s a ninja. He’s always ready.”
Original Story: MMAJunkie