UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey believes she has the insider scoop on whether the controversial Nick Diaz will ever return to the UFC cage.
Rousey said on a recent episode of Fox Sports Live that the Stockton Bad Boy would return.
“Yeah, I think he will. Nick’s been fighting for a really really long time. I’ve only been fighting for three years, I mean, he’s been fighting I think for over a decade now. This sport puts a lot of miles on you very quickly. If he feels like he needs a rest and to take a break, you can’t fight for anyone other than yourself. You can’t fight sooner than you feel like you should. It really is a life and death situation out there and you have to do it when you feel it’s right.”
Diaz has not fought since he lost a unanimous decision to George St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight championship. UFC President Dana White recently offered Diaz a fight against Carlos Condit, but Diaz turned it down, saying that he would only fight if it were a title shot.
Diaz won the Strikeforce welterweight championship in 2010, defended the title four times and then jumped to the UFC. He defeated BJ Penn in his UFC debut, but lost a close fight to Carlos Condit and then to George St-Pierre.
Diaz retired from the sport after becoming disgruntled with what he perceived as Condit and St-Pierre fighting safe in their battles, rather than engaging in a stand-up war.
Since his retirement, Diaz started his own MMA promotion called “WAR,” where he promotes the use of ropes over a cage.
Rousey will fight Miesha Tate for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship at UFC 168 Saturday.