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“There’s been talking, but there’s been talking for years,” White said following the Contender Series on Tuesday.
Earlier this week, Diaz’s manager, Kevin Mubenga, informed ESPN that the fighter recently completed a 14-week training regimen and weight cut in preparation for a 2021 return to the Octagon.
This is Nick Diaz earlier today. He weighs in the 175-165 pound range, per his manager Kevin Mubenga.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 7, 2020
He just completed a 14-week diet and training regimen. This is the first time he cuts weight in approximately four years, Mubenga said. Diaz wanted to do a test cut because ... pic.twitter.com/5A8EvyLeUn
The 37-year-old Stockton, California, native hasn’t fought since a loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 183 on Jan. 31, 2015. That defeat was later overturned to a no contest after Silva failed a drug test. That bout was preceded by a nearly two-year absence following a decision defeat to Georges St. Pierre in a welterweight title bout at UFC 158.
Diaz hasn’t won a mixed martial arts bout since he outpointed B.J. Penn at UFC 137 in November 2011. On Tuesday, White said the promotion is taking a wait-and-see approach regarding Diaz.
“Listen, the Nick Diaz thing,” White said. “First of all, we would never have released that or done that. We’ll see how this thing plays out. I don’t have any expectations whatsoever. We’ll see what happens.”