Melendez: 'Right opportunity' will pull Nick Diaz out of retirement


Nick Diaz is retired at the moment, but teammate Gil Melendez thinks that the right opportunity would bring him back in the cage.

"I think with the right opportunity, for the right thing, he'll come out," said Melendez. "Whether it's boxing, whether it's kickboxing, whether it's whatever, some sort of challenge would be great."

"I don't think he has the desire to be a stepping stone or he doesn't want to play that role. Sometimes you have to come back up the ladder in your career and I don't think he wants that. I think he wants to fight top-level competition. He doesn't need to fight just to take it."

"Nick is forever ready. He's always in shape, he's always sparring, he's always grappling. He does triathlons, he's in better shape than most guys who are relevant now in the game."

Melendez fights Diego Sanchez on Saturday at UFC 166.

Transcription courtesy of MMAFighting.

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GaryColeman site profile image  

10/15/13 3:55 PM by GaryColeman

One of the reasons I was such a fan of Nick Diaz is because he was always willing to fight anyone, any weight class at any time.. I want that Nick Diaz back.

Devlin site profile image  

10/15/13 2:48 PM by Devlin

At the end did he basically just admit diaz isnt relevant? seems harsh.

Leck Brosnar site profile image  

10/15/13 2:28 PM by Leck Brosnar

I like Diaz's confidence against lesser names, he himself knows he would only serve as a stepping stone to the likes of Rory ;)

UGCTT croy_00 site profile image  

10/15/13 2:18 PM by UGCTT croy_00

I wonder of Diaz would accept a fight with Rory? Heck, Diaz vs Matt Brown would be awesome as well!

IAmNotImpressedbyYourStocktonSlap site profile image  

10/15/13 1:46 PM by IAmNotImpressedbyYourStocktonSlap

Nick fan for life, really want to see him fight soon

Zed Wayne Zed site profile image  

10/15/13 1:35 PM by Zed Wayne Zed

Cheers mate.

CArcher site profile image  

10/15/13 1:26 PM by CArcher

Big fan. I'll always pay to watch Nick fight. Hope something comes up for him.

brody3316 site profile image  

10/15/13 1:25 PM by brody3316

Bisping vs Diaz fight as well as the trash talk would be epic

Allen Hood site profile image  

10/15/13 12:53 PM by Allen Hood

People will pay any amount of money to watch Diaz fight anyone. Make it happen Dana

LayzieTheSavage site profile image  

10/15/13 12:30 PM by LayzieTheSavage

Here's one for ya.