This past weekend, former UFC, Strikeforce, and Bellator MMA fighter Paul Daley fought what he has stated will be his last professional fight. ‘Semtex’ eviscerated Wendell Giacomo with a series of lethal hooks in the second round of his main card bout at Bellator 281. This win brought Paul Daley’s record to 44-18-2 and was […]
This past weekend, former UFC, Strikeforce, and Bellator MMA fighter Paul Daley fought what he has stated will be his last professional fight. ‘Semtex’ eviscerated Wendell Giacomo with a series of lethal hooks in the second round of his main card bout at Bellator 281.
This win brought Paul Daley’s record to 44-18-2 and was his 35th win via knockout. Now at the age of 39, Daley has seen fit to hang up his gloves. However, he has stated that there are two fights that would make him return to MMA.
In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Daley revealed that a rematch against former foe Nick Diaz would tempt him out of retirement, as would a bout against ‘BMF’ titleholder, Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal. He stated that:
“I don’t wish I can get back any fight in terms of changing what already happened. But, I think if I was to pick a fight to have a rematch, it would definitely be Nick Diaz or [Jorge] Masvidal. Because they’re the ones that have turned into pay-per-view stars and I could get the most money from.”
“Nick Diaz was a great fight and I beat Masvidal, and he holds the BMF belt, even though he’s lost his last fight or so. Those are the ones that if someone came to me and said, ‘What’s going to get you out of retirement?’, those two fights. That’s it, those are the only two fights that would pull me out.” (H/T BJPENN.COM).
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Paul Daley and Nick Diaz’s first fight is known for being one of the greatest MMA wars of all time. The two welterweights faced off under the Strikeforce banner in 2011 for the 170lb title.
The fight may have only lasted one round, but both men hit the canvas at various points. Diaz may have ultimately won, dropping Daley at the end of the round and forcing ‘Big’ John McCarthy to stop the fight, but Daley gave as good an account of himself as one could hope for.
Fans would certainly love to see these two veterans run it back in one last hurrah for both their careers. Check out the iconic first fight below:
Stephen Thompson is hoping to have a fun fight next time out. Thompson has suffered back-to-back decision losses to Belal Muhammad and Gilbert Burns in fights he was taken down and controlled. Since the losses, he has made it clear he wants a striker for his next fight and he has now taken to social…
“I’m down to fight @nickdiaz209 or @NateDiaz209 ! I have nothing but respect for both of those guys and I’m ready to go. Who wouldn’t love good striking battle?! #respect #readytogo,” Thompson wrote on Twitter.
There’s no question a fight between Thompson and either of the Diaz brothers would be massive and would be a fun fight. It also makes sense ranking-wise. as all three of them are no longer in the title picture but still are big names that can serve as co-main events on pay-per-views.
Stephen Thompson (16-6-1) as mentioned, is coming off the back-to-back losses to Muhammad and Burns. Prior to that, he beat Geoff Neal and Vicente Luque by decision. Had he beaten Burns last year, he could’ve been in line to fight for the belt.
As for Nick and Nate Diaz, Cesar Gracie came out and said Nick will fight again this year. Of course, he made his return last September at UFC 266 and suffered a loss to Robbie Lawler, but it appears he might not be going out like that.
Nate Diaz, meanwhile, is still in a contract dispute as he has one fight left on his contract and has been vocal in wanting to fight. Perhaps, fighting ‘Wonderboy’ piques his interest and the UFC is interested in making it happen.
For now, Thompson is still waiting for his next fight and has now shown interest in the Jorge Masvidal rematch or fighting one of the Diaz brothers.
Who would you like to see Stephen Thompson fight next?
Daniel Cormier is dubious about the potential return to action for Nick Diaz sometime later this year. Diaz made his return to the Octagon after a six-year layoff last September when he faced Robbie Lawler. Cormier actually suggested that the former Strikeforce champion face the former UFC welterweight champion in a rematch 17 years in…
Daniel Cormier is dubious about the potential return to action for Nick Diaz sometime later this year.
Diaz made his return to the Octagon after a six-year layoff last September when he faced Robbie Lawler. Cormier actually suggested that the former Strikeforce champion face the former UFC welterweight champion in a rematch 17 years in the making before the fight was even scheduled.
Yet the fight didn’t go to plan for Diaz, with the 38-year-old suffering a stoppage loss after a difficult fight. Diaz was visibly tired entering the third round, with questions already surrounding the fighter’s conditioning having asked for the fight to be moved up a weight class during fight week.
According to his coach, plans are now set in place for Diaz to return to the Octagon sometime later this year, looking to avenge his loss and show there is still plenty of fight left in the old dog.
“My last visual of Nick Diaz, I don’t think we’re really going to see him again in the Octagon. In the pictures, he looked shredded. Inside the Octagon, he looked like a different man. He didn’t look like he wanted to be in there,” said Cormier. (h/t BJPenn.com)
Dana White seemed somewhat impressed with Nick Diaz’s performance after the UFC star landed several significant strikes throughout the first and second round before tiring out and inviting the referee to call an end to the rematch.
Therefore, with the top man of the promotion satisfied with what he saw, perhaps we have not seen the last of Diaz in the Octagon after all despite Cormier’s prediction.
Would you like to see Nick Diaz fight again or should he call it quits?
Jake Shields is hoping that his longtime training partner Nick Diaz takes his camp serious for his next fight and does it right, rather than phone it in. Diaz had his first fight back in 2021 after a six year layoff. While it was his first fight back, Diaz did not look great against Robbie […]
Jake Shields is hoping that his longtime training partner Nick Diaz takes his camp serious for his next fight and does it right, rather than phone it in.
Diaz had his first fight back in 2021 after a six year layoff. While it was his first fight back, Diaz did not look great against Robbie Lawler. While he has aged considerably, Diaz had looked to be in the worst shape of his fighting career in that fight. Diaz is a fan favorite amongst MMA fans, but to see him go out there and try and put on a show with not enough training was hard to watch.
According to Dana White, Diaz wasn’t prepared enough for that fight and thought he may have been doing it out of necessity rather than wanting to perform again.
Now, Cesar Gracie is claiming that MMA fans should expect Diaz to come back before the year is up.
Jake Shields is looking out for his former training partner and wants him to get a solid training camp in if he is going to come back into the octagon by the end of the year.
“I think he wants to (fight again), but I really hope he has a proper camp and does it right,” Shields said on the JRE MMA Show (Transcribed by BloodyElbow)
“I think a lot of it was his motivation. He was kind of, like, pushed into the fight… the fight happened so quick, and he hadn’t been training at all. Then all of a sudden, he was, like, fighting in two months. It was this kind of rush, he didn’t have a chance to do a camp. Nick’s like a brother, I really hope he fights again. But he needs to make sure to properly do a camp.”
Diaz is one of the more memorable fighters in UFC history and everyone hopes he takes his training serious. The UFC is a better place with a determined Nick Diaz.
Would you like to see Nick Diaz back in the octagon?
It’s safe to say things may be getting worse between UFC star Nate Diaz and his relationship with the UFC brass. Diaz is still without a UFC opponent for his planned return to the Octagon this year. He has gone back-and-forth on social media with Dustin Poirier, but UFC President Dana White appeared to insinuate…
It’s safe to say things may be getting worse between UFC star Nate Diaz and his relationship with the UFC brass.
Diaz is still without a UFC opponent for his planned return to the Octagon this year. He has gone back-and-forth on social media with Dustin Poirier, but UFC President Dana White appeared to insinuate that the UFC is moving on from that possible matchup.
Despite being without a fight, Nate and his brother Nick are back in the headlines after the UFC announced the release of NFTs (non-fungible tokens) featuring the Stockton bad boys. However, Nate isn’t a fan of the idea of the UFC putting out NFTs under his and his brother’s names.
In a recent tweet, Diaz gave his less-than-flattering review of the UFC’s latest NFTs.
“It’s shit like this why I need to get the fuck out of the sorry ass UFC,” Diaz tweeted. “Didn’t you guys suspend nick for 5 years and fine me hella money for a vape pen?! Now you’re reaping the benefits. I hope nobody buys this bullshit.”
It would appear Diaz is referring to the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s 2015 suspension of Nick Diaz after he tested positive for marijuana metabolites. Nick Diaz was suspended for five years with a fine of $165,000. After an appeal, the suspension was reduced to 18 months and the fine cut to $100,000.
Nate Diaz violated a USADA rule when he vaped CBD at the UFC 202 post-fight press conference, but he was not sanctioned for the violation and there is no public record of the UFC fining him.
Diaz asked for his release from the UFC last month amidst the growing uncertainty of his Octagon return. He last competed against Leon Edwards at UFC 263, losing via a unanimous decision despite a late-round burst.
While Diaz has had his fair share of success in the cage, including his UFC 196 win over Conor McGregor, he has had a tense relationship with White and the UFC over the years. This has included a 2013 suspension for using a homophobic slur on Twitter and a series of gripes with the promotion regarding his contract.
It’s unclear if/when Diaz will return to the UFC, but it’s clear things continue to get colder between the two sides.
What is your reaction to Nate Diaz’s latest comments?
UFC Hall of Famer Georges St-Pierre shared his recent backstage encounter with Nick Diaz at his return to the cage at UFC 266. Last September, Nick Diaz made his long-awaited comeback to fighting when he took on Robbie Lawler at UFC 266. While Diaz looked phenomenal in his return to the cage for as long […]
UFC Hall of Famer Georges St-Pierre shared his recent backstage encounter with Nick Diaz at his return to the cage at UFC 266.
Last September, Nick Diaz made his long-awaited comeback to fighting when he took on Robbie Lawler at UFC 266. While Diaz looked phenomenal in his return to the cage for as long as it went on, he didn’t seem to find his form in the cage and didn’t look like himself in the later rounds.
An old foe the Stockton-native ran into just before the fight was none other than former UFC two-division champion Georges St-Pierre. He was at the event cornering his teammate Nasrat Haqparast, who was fighting on the same card. GSP and Diaz shared a heated rivalry during their time in the promotion with Diaz firing multiple shots at the Canadian fighter and the organization.
In a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Georges St-Pierre explained how he was unsure of the reaction he would get from Nick Diaz. During their trash talk in the lead-up to the fight, GSP expressed his confusion on whether Diaz actually took issue with him or not.
Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz’s history in the promotion
“When it happened, he was walking towards me — and with Nick Diaz, you never know,” St-Pierre said. “So I was like, I took a stance in a way, like I didn’t know if he wanted to come to fight me or he wanted to talk to me. [Laughs].
“But when I saw him physically reach out to me with his hand I went, ‘Oh, OK,’ and I reached out and I shook his hand [and thought], ‘So it’s peace, I guess.’”
Speaking on their public feud during some of the most heated press conferences, GSP said, “Nick is one of the guys that took fighting very personal. Whatever that I said, I never wanted to hurt him on a personal level. I just said things to make the fight more interesting.
“I never had any animosity with him or any of the guys once I retired. For me, it’s only business.”