Nick Diaz Nearly Got Dos Anjos Before Lee Signed

Before Kevin Lee was signed to face Rafael dos Anjos this Saturday at UFC on ESPN+ 10 in Rochester, New York,  Nick Diaz nearly made a return to the Octagon for the first time in four years.

“We talked about some other options,” dos Anjos told reporters at the UFC on ESPN+ 10 open workouts.

“(Santiago) Ponzinibbio, (Jorge) Masvidal and even (UFC matchmaker) Sean (Shelby) called me to say, ‘Hey, Nick Diaz might be interested in a fight with you.’ Things did not work out and the only name they throw for me was Kevin. He’s a top contender at lightweight coming up a division and I can’t sit on my sofa waiting for the perfect fight. I’ve got to work.”

“Fighters got to be active,” dos Anjos said of his goals. “I don’t have any injury, nothing to hold me back. I want to be active. I want to fight. I know he’s a tough guy and good wrestler and good jiu-jitsu and very good, well-rounded fighter, but I don’t think he’s going to have the size advantage on this fight. It’ll be fun. It’ll be a good fight.”

“That’s where the hunger comes from, is climbing back,” dos Anjos said of walking into May 18th with a two-fight losing streak. “I want to get back and that’s what I’m looking for. I got a seven-month-old baby at home. I don’t come from a wealthy family and I’ve got to make things work out for my family, I’ve got to provide for the family and I’m the only one. I got to make it work. I’m not in a good situation right now coming off two losses back-to-back, but I know I’m capable to turn things around.”

“I’ve been on this situation in my UFC debut I lost two in a row then as I move up in weight, right before I move up I lose two in a row, I lost my title and my follow-up fight… I was always able to get a good win-streak. This time’s no different. I have five fights on this new division. Three wins, two losses to current champion and interim champion. I’m looking forward to Saturday night and getting back on that winning track.”

For the full card for UFC On ESPN+ 10 look below

MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Kevin Lee
Vicente Luque vs. Derrick Krantz
Ian Heinisch vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
Megan Anderson vs. Felicia Spencer
Nik Lentz vs. Charles Oliveira
Austin Hubbard vs. Davi Ramos

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 5 p.m. ET)

Sijara Eubanks vs. Aspen Ladd
Desmond Green vs. Charles Jourdain
Michel Pereira vs. Danny Roberts
Grant Dawson vs. Mike Trizano
Patrick Cummins vs. Ed Herman
Zak Cummings vs. Trevin Giles
Julio Arce vs. Julian Erosa

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