Nick Diaz has already returned from retirement once and sounds as if he's open to do it again. Originally calling it quits following a controversial decision loss to Carlos Condit in Feb. 2012, Diaz returned to contend for Georges St-Pierre's UFC welterweight championship earlier this year at UFC 158.
Now, with St-Pierre coincidentally back gracing Pay-Per-View promos, Diaz says he'll need a real payday to be lured back inside the Octagon. "If I do fight again I want a lot more money," Diaz tells Fighters Only. "I'm living in this ghetto ass apartment because I haven't been making the money that I should have been making." For the record, Diaz reportedly earned $200k in each of his last three fights in the UFC.
Following a subpar training camp leading up to the title bout, Diaz no longer employs Cesar Gracie as a manager, but strictly as a coach. He also affirms that talk of being offered a fight is false. UFC president Dana White told reporters Nov. 9 in Brazil that Diaz had been offered a bout, but that his manager claimed he was retired.
"I've not had a manager since my last fight. I would like people to know that I was never offered any fight [recently]. I haven't had a manager, I told Dana [White] that I didn't want anyone representing me after what happened with my last training camp."
Once insisting that re-investing in his camp was the correct course, Diaz now sounds like more changes could be coming. "Things change, people change. I don't have anything against Cesar but I see the big picture now. Right now what I need is a good fight and a good camp."
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Happy Birthday #UFC20Years Thank you for "The Incredible Journey!"— Rich Franklin (@RichFranklin) November 12, 2013
Demian Maia (@demianmaia) November 12, 2013
Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) November 12, 2013
Happy official 20 years to the @ufc glad I got to celebrate with you in Detroit a couple weeks ago— Matthew brown (@IamTheImmortal) November 12, 2013
ESSA MAI NAO E MINHA KD A MINHA TATUAGEM DA MAO ESQUERDA? minha mão NAO QUEBROU. pic.twitter.com/0DhvO6m7EF— Rony Mariano Bezerra (@RonyJasonMMA) November 12, 2013
Unrelated, yoga pants.
Michelle Waterson (@karatehottiemma) November 12, 2013
Bummer if Varner is out but it doesn't matter who they throw in. I'm ready to scrap with whoever.— Patrick Healy (@BamBamHealy) November 12, 2013
So I guess news is out. I tore my PCL and will need about 4-6 weeks recovery. Good news is I won't need surgery. I'm really bummed tho :(— Kelvin Gastelum (@KelvinGastelum) November 12, 2013
I would believe it.
Interesting, many fighters in Brazil said they would LIKE to be coached by Chael Sonnen.— Dana White (@danawhite) November 12, 2013
Does not look happy.
Rashad Evans (@SugaRashadEvans) November 12, 2013
Hey @danawhite IS MIKE TYSON GONNA BE AT THE SHOW THIS WEEKEND?! CAN I BEAT SOMEONE UP IN FRONT OF MILE TYSON PLEEEEEEEASE?!— Marcelino Evil (@KCBanditMMA) November 12, 2013
Even got the Caddy.
Lance Palmer (@LancePalmer) November 11, 2013
Announced yesterday (Nov. 12 2013)
Kelvin Gastelum out, Ryan LaFlare vs. Court McGee at UFC on FOX 9
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DEEP JEWELS 2
- Sorry haven't been able to find any footage yet.
105lbs: #6 Seo Hee Ham def. #12 Sadae Numata via unanimous decision
115lbs: #8 Mizuki Inoue def. #12 Emi Fujino via unanimous decision (advances to finals)
115lbs: #22 Emi Tomimatsu def. #21 Mika Nagano via unanimous decision (advances to finals)
105lbs: Naho Sugiyama def. Masako Yoshida via unanimous decision
However, video of the weigh ins are up. If you're into Japanese women being forced to expose their weight, click here!
The order is Mika Nagano, Emi Tomimatsu, Mizuki Inoue, Emi Fujino, Seo Hee Ham, Sade Numata, Naho Sugiyama and Masako Yoshida.
I found this weigh in atmosphere super weird, but also kind of cool. We're used to seeing fighters weigh in on a stage with people actually there. This felt like a medical checkup, instead of an event.
Also, almost all the fighters didn't have to take all their clothes off (you heard me), and all made weight pretty nonchalantly, except Sadae Numata, who was absolutely shredded (SHE 41...according to Sherdog). That leads me to believe Tomimatsu, Nagano, Sugiyama and maybe even Fujino could drop down a weight class. Japan does put on fights at 100 pounds sometimes (I call it Centuryweight) and there are some tiny women that have fought at 95lbs aka minimumweight before, which I think is the worst weight class name.
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