Morning Report: Nick Diaz talks terms for UFC return, says he wasn't recently offered fight

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

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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Top UFC knockouts.

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Hendricks working through some circuits.

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Tom Watson undergoing strength testing at Cal State Fullerton.

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TWEETS

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Happy anniversary.

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Awful

Unrelated, yoga pants.

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Walking wounded.

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I would believe it.

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Does not look happy.

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Good strategy.

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Even got the Caddy.

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Announced yesterday (Nov. 12 2013)

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via leriksson.

WMMA November Week 1 & 2 Recap - Video of Vicious Knockout Surface

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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