Top-Ranked UFC Lightweight Wants To Fight Nick Diaz
A former interim UFC Lightweight Champion is willing to share the Octagon with Nick Diaz.
Much has been made about whether or not Diaz is serious about making a return to MMA competition. The Stockton native has teased fight fans with some images of him appearing to be in tremendous shape. Diaz’s manager told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that he’s been testing the waters with weight cutting with hopes of making a return in 2021.
There is one top-ranked 155-pounder that would like to go one-on-one with Diaz in a welterweight battle. Tony Ferguson told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that he’d be willing to fight Diaz (via MMAMania.com).
“I like to fight, if I don’t, I gotta bump up to 170. I hear Nick Diaz is looking for competition. I’m a 170-pounder … UFC told me, ‘well you’re kinda small’ well I have a big frame. All I was eating is like once a day because I was barely making ends meet. I got the frame for like a 205 pounder.”
Diaz hasn’t competed in a pro MMA bout since January 2015. He shared the Octagon with Anderson Silva. Initially a unanimous decision loss for Diaz, the result was changed to a No Contest after Silva failed a drug test. Diaz also popped for marijuana use and was given a whopping five-year suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The sanction was greatly reduced after blowback from fans and media members but Diaz ultimately decided to walk away from the sport.
Ferguson last competed back in May. He fell short in his bid to become a two-time interim UFC Lightweight Champion. “El Cucuy” was finished by Justin Gaethje via fifth-round TKO. This snapped Ferguson’s 12-fight winning streak. He hadn’t lost a bout since May 2012. Ferguson remains at the top of the heap at 155 pounds, however, and a bounce-back win could earn him a title shot.