Nick Diaz will stay retired from UFC unless he gets ‘an offer I couldn’t refuse’


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Nick Diaz seems pretty determined to stay retired from the UFC.

Diaz, the 35-year-old MMA fighter and brother of Nate Diaz, hasn’t fought in the Octagon in four years, and he intends to keep it that way for the time being. He posted a confirmation on his Instagram early Monday morning.

Diaz’s post is in response to several attempts by UFC president Dana White and fellow MMA fighter Anderson Silva to tempt Diaz back into the cage. In November, White announced that Diaz would fight Jorge Masvidal at UFC 235 in March. But Diaz told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that he hadn’t agreed to fight Masvidal — or anyone else.

And that was that until early February. Even though Diaz’s longtime friend and teammate Gilbert Melendez recently confirmed that Diaz was happily retired and involved in several businesses, Silva called Diaz out after his fight at UFC 234, seeking a rematch that was four years in the making. Via MMAJunkie:

Silva and Diaz fought at UFC 183 in January 2015, Diaz’s final fight. Diaz lost via unanimous decision, but it was later changed to a no-contest when it was discovered that Diaz had tested positive for marijuana in his post-fight drug test, and Silva had tested positive for several performance enhancing drugs.

Diaz won’t be tempted, though. Not by Dana White, Jorge Masvidal or Anderson Silva. If Diaz comes back to the UFC, it’ll be on his own terms. Until that time comes, he’s made his mission clear: “I don’t want to hurt nobody, I just want to party.”