Lawyer: Diaz still retired for immediate future

 

Following his loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158, Nick Diaz announced his retirement from mixed martial arts. Shortly thereafter news broke that he was getting into the promoting business in North California. Today Diaz's lawyer Jonathan Tweedale spoke to Ariel Helwani about the new promotion and re-iterated that Diaz will likely stay retired, well unless an interesting matchup can coax him back:

"Of course these guys want to fight him," Tweedale remarked. "Anyone would want to fight a legendary figure in the sport. The problem is, for them, he's retired, and unless there's a very good reason to step out of retirement, I don't see that changing."

What that very good reason is, remains to be seen. For what it's worth, Diaz's position, however farfetched, has remained consistent. He wants either a rematch against UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre or a title fight against UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

All the same, even Tweedale can't say for sure if Diaz's retirement will forever hinge on those two unlikely goals.

"That depends on two things," Tweedale said in closing. "It depends on whether the fans really want to see him in a really interesting match-up, and it depends whether Nick is willing to come out of retirement and bring the fans a really, really big match.

"It's just difficult to imagine anything not involving one of those two fighters, at this point in time, that would be sufficient. But you're right, maybe in three years the landscape has totally changed. Anderson is long retired, GSP is retired, there's a new welterweight champ that's held the belt for a couple years. Who knows? You can never predict the future. But as of now, he's retired, and I don't see that changing anytime in the imminent future."

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CanadianGSPFan site profile image  

6/11/13 2:48 PM by CanadianGSPFan

Returned, brother. thumbsup.jpg

CanadianGSPFan site profile image  

6/11/13 2:19 PM by CanadianGSPFan

He ran through Rick Story?

Zed Wayne Zed site profile image  

6/11/13 2:17 PM by Zed Wayne Zed

^ It's marketing, my friend, you know that.JH looks like a farmer and his interviews are boring.In the cage however, he's a beast, mega-entertaining, and championship-calibre.He had to just keep winning to get there.Some guys, who are unique and catch the attention of the public skip the line. Not fair, just the way it goes.

Blackbeltpanda site profile image  

6/11/13 2:13 PM by Blackbeltpanda

Kinda sucks when Hendricks pretty much had to run through the whole division to get a shot and Diaz just complains when he gets gifted title shots. I'm pretty sure everytime he loses he retires.

GSPushedInMyStinkEye site profile image  

6/11/13 1:49 PM by GSPushedInMyStinkEye

I don't think I would call it entitlement. He's not really interested or motivated to fight for the UFC anymore, unless its one of these fights. He's not DEMANDING it nor is he running a bluff. He must be comfortable enough financially to leave the fight game, so he's just leaving the ball in the UFC's court. I'm guessing we won't see him fight again unless the fans rally hard enough for it.

epwar site profile image  

6/11/13 11:27 AM by epwar

Diaz knows Dana and Lorenzo have a man crush on him and will pay him big bucks regardless of when he fights.  I mean, they paid the man $300,000 to show up to do a press conference!

Zed Wayne Zed site profile image  

6/11/13 11:16 AM by Zed Wayne Zed

Well, to be fair, the way ZUFFA does biz, (Re: Sonnen), these days is all about who can sell the most PPVs and make the most noise for the product.Some of you are forgetting that Nick's last fight, obviously with the major fanbase of Georges, did about a million buys.If you don't think Nick can pick and choose a superfight now, I am not sure what to tell you.I don't like how the system works, but based off Diaz's notoriety and marketability, this guy can make the company money.

Arlovskis Chin site profile image  

6/11/13 10:30 AM by Arlovskis Chin

This is not news? How is it news that he's STILL retired? Should we post something everyday for every retired fighter just to remind us they're all retired.I also think Cole Konrad is still retired.

LILBROCK site profile image  

6/11/13 10:27 AM by LILBROCK

BJ's one of my favorite fighters, I've hung out with the Penn family multiple times, but he was not ranked at WW when Nick beat him. At that time, BJ had won 1 fight at WW since November of 2004 and that was an unranked Hughes. I agree with the rest of your post though.

Dogmeat 1 site profile image  

6/11/13 10:21 AM by Dogmeat 1

as good as Diaz is, based on his record he doesn't actually deserve to be awarded superfights vs the various champions. His only top 10 win in recent years was against BJ. Penn is a legend but considering his record since 2010 is 1-4-1, I think it is not unreasonable to suggest that Diaz needs to fights more top ranked guys before he starts calling out the champs again. He did get a good win over Sakurai, but he too was on a losing streak and was last ranked in the 155 pound division and not at 170. You have to go back to Gomi in 2007 to find the last time Diaz actually beat a top guy who was in good form at the time. In fact apart from Gomi and Penn, Diaz's only other ranked win was vs Lawler in 2004. He has of course dominated a lot of good fighters in impressive fashion, including Frank Shamrock, which is a big factor in why he is so popular. But the fact is he hasn't really proven himself consistently at the top level yet and most of his big name fights have resulted in loses. A fight vs Silva would of course be fun to watch but I feel there are far more deserving fighters out there for Silva and GSP to finish off their careers against.