The Possible Return

Nick Diaz has spent the better half of his career in a 5-year hiatus from the fight game, only to return on a 50 –minute special with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. During his absence, Diaz’s younger brother, Nate, had accumulated impressive victories over McGregor and Pettis. This gave Nate a seemingly perfect shot against Miami gangster, Jorge Gamebread Masvidal, after his wild 5 sec KO victory at UFC 239 against Ben Askren.

Jorge Masvidal’s controversial win over Nate Diaz earlier this month couldn’t have been a better catalyst by the MMA gods for his older brother, Nick, to return to the octagon.  Nick’s stern change of tone after being asked his thoughts about his younger brother’s fight with Masvidal indicated Nick’s desire to avenge his brother.  Nick commented “As far as I’m concerned, that’s my belt, you just fought my baby brother.” Nick described it as a “summoning” by the MMA community. Looks like Masvidal might have found his next opponent.

It would be interesting to see the likes of Nick after such a lengthy absence from the sport.  Will his conditioning and technique be as sharp as it once was?  Masvidal has been on a tear since his move to the welterweight division, with 3 consecutive wins. This will not be a simple walk in the park for Nick.

Granted, Nick has always been praised as the better fighter between the two brothers.  Legendary wins over former champion Robbie Lawler, Takanori Gomi, Paul Daly, and wars with George St-Pierre and Anderson Silva, has practically guaranteed Nick to go down in the Hall of Fame someday.  It would be a huge fan favourite fight to see the big bro step into the octagon.  It couldn’t have been a better storyline for the UFC executives. After the interview, Masvidal responded on social media with “I’m 100% in for this #theressurection”, posting along an animated video response on his YouTube channel.

Could there be a potential fight lining up at the Dallas Stadium, hinted by Diaz after the new year? Who knows, after all, Masvidal just got the attention of big bro. “You don’t talk about baptizing someone’s brother, that’s my baby brother, you don’t talk like that to nobody”

Judging how Usman and Covington are fighting for the welterweight gold at UFC 245 on December 15th, it would make sense for a potential return for a big fight around early next year for the UFC.  It would give the opportunity for Nick to return with a full fight camp and allow the UFC marketing to really push it out.  The pontential for this fight is massive and both fighters realize that.  Nick commented “All I see is f*cking dollar signs right now,” Diaz said (via MMA News). Although recent history indicates past tensions with the UFC and Nick, the organization needs to realize this is the fight fans want, with the perfect storyline to back it up and generate massive PPV buys.  Both fighters have verbally agreed so we can only wait on uncle Dana to see if the fight actually happens.

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Michael Macki completed his BA at the University of Toronto in Political Science. Ever since a child, Michael has always had a passion for martial arts. Michael started his martial arts journey at the age of 4 in karate and earned his Shotokan black belt at the age of 16. After watching the UFC for the first time, he decided to aim to be a complete martial artist and learn other various forms of fighting. Michael is currently a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has extensive experience learning in the disciplines of Judo, Wrestling, Muay Thai and Western Boxing. Michael currently writes and covers a wide range of combat sports topics for Shotclock and also works the recruitment and management division of NLSE Inc. which represents the top fighters in the world.


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