Nick Diaz Calls Out Israel Adesanya For 2023 Comeback
He is coming off of a knockout loss to Robbie Lawler in their rematch.
Nick Diaz isn’t done with the UFC.
The older Diaz brother, 39, returned to the octagon on September 25, 2021 where he was dropped by Robbie Lawler in a rematch at UFC 266. It was Diaz’s first fight in six years.
“You can see me back on top in 2023, I’m making a comeback,” Diaz said while attending Crazy Horse 3 in Las Vegas to watch UFC 282.
“I’m going to be quicker than ever, stronger than ever, better than ever — I’m just gonna be a whole new me. Whoever is on top at the time [I want], preferably Israel Adesanya, if he gets his title back.”
Adesanya is coming off of a knockout loss to old foe Alex Pereira, losing his long-held middleweight title belt.
Earlier this summer, Diaz’s coach said that his fighter wants to return, which ignores some fans’ pleas to not fight anymore after his performance at UFC 266.
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Diaz (26-10, 2 NC) is on a four-fight winless streak.
Before he returned to face Lawler, he recorded a No Contest with Anderson Silva on January 31, 2015; it was originally a win for Silva, but was overturned after both tested positive for drugs. Before that, he lost to Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit – both by unanimous decision.
The last time that Diaz had his hand raised in the cage was against BJ Penn in 2011 via unanimous decision. He has other notable wins like Paul Daley, Frank Shamrock and Lawler in their first meeting.
Meanwhile, the younger Diaz, Nate, has officially made his way out of the UFC and is seeking a boxing match.