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Dana White Reveals He Doesn't Want Nick Diaz To Fight Again

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Dana White Reveals He Doesn't Want Nick Diaz To Fight Again

Dana White has revealed that he doesn't want Nick Diaz to have another fight, despite being impressed with the Stockton native in his UFC return.

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Nick, the older of the Diaz brothers, came back from a six and a half year hiatus from UFC earlier this year, when he faced Robbie Lawler at UFC 266 in September.

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The 38-year-old wasn't able to get the win, extending his winless streak in the promotion to four fights, with his last victory coming in 2011, but he did look impressive against Lawler.

Before the fight, Diaz had posed the question that he had 'no idea' why he was stepping back inside the octagon, and now UFC president White has questioned the fighter's future.

Speaking to ESPN, White revealed that he doesn't want the former Strikeforce welterweight champion to step back inside the octagon.

"Regardless of how good he looked [against Lawler] or what he did after such a huge layoff, I don’t think Nick should fight," White said.

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"It’s not that I was in favor of it. He’s a grown man and can do whatever he wants to do. I just don’t think that Nick does it because he loves it. I think Nick does it because he has to do it.

"I don’t know, man. People always ask me, ‘What’s the key to success?’ It’s all about being happy and doing what you love."

Diaz had previously last fought against Anderson Silva in 2015, a fight the Brazilian had initially won on a unanimous decision but the fight was changed to a No Contest after Silva tested positive for drugs.

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He faced Lawler, who he'd beaten way back at UFC 47 in 2004, on his return and, despite worries ahead of the fight about his preparation, he did pretty well.

In a special non-title, non-main event five round fight, it was Lawler who came out on top with a third round stoppage, after Diaz verbally submitted following being knocked down.

Diaz and Lawler ahead of their fight. Image: PA Images
Diaz and Lawler ahead of their fight. Image: PA Images

Nick's brother Nate has been back in the headlines this week, after he was at at Jake Paul's victory against Tyron Woodley at the weekend.

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The man who has twice fought Conor McGregor in classic fights made a fool out of a bare-knuckle fighter by throwing a fake punch and making him drop his beer.

Carrese Archer has now said he wants to meet the younger Diaz in the octagon, which you imagine wouldn't end too well for him.

Featured Image Credit: BT Sport/ESPN

Topics: UFC, MMA, Nick Diaz, Dana White

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