UFC legend Nick Diaz targeting September return after Dana White talks but open to boxing match

UFC star Nick Diaz is hoping to make his long-awaited return to the octagon in September – but he's also willing to step into the boxing ring.

The former Strikeforce welterweight champion has been gearing up for a sensational return to the cage for well over a year.

Fan favourite Diaz has got himself in tremendous shape ahead of a possible return, which his coach Cesar Gracie is hoping will take place in the autumn.

When asked about a timetable for Diaz's return, Gracie told MMA Fighting: “We were looking at September.

“I have to see where he is in his contract. It is possible that his next fight will not be in the UFC.”

Should a return to the UFC not materialise, Diaz is open to dipping his toes back into the boxing world.

Gracie added: “Nick is very open to take a fight in MMA or boxing.”

Diaz, 37, held comeback talks with UFC president Dana White in Jacksonville, Florida in April.


White was initially sceptical about the Californian's plans to fight again but has since performed a U-turn.

In an interview with UFC Arabia, the veteran promoter said of Diaz's long-awaited comeback: “I wasn’t very high on that.

“I didn’t think that it would happen but it looks like it will. It looks like Nick Diaz will fight this year.”

He added: “The last time that I saw him in Jacksonville but it looks like it’s going to happen.

“We’ll see. The matchmakers have [talked to him] but I don’t know where we’re at on it but it’s looking promising.

“You never hear me say that ever. ‘You think Nick Diaz will fight this year?’

"Absolutely, positively not is what I usually say. Looking promising [he’ll fight this year].”

Diaz- the elder brother of UFC superstar Nate – hasn't set foot inside the octagon since his 2015 showdown with future Hall-of-Famer Anderson Silva.

The Stockton slugger lost the fight via unanimous decision, although the result was overturned to a no-contest after Silva tested positive for metabolites of an anabolic steroid and synthetic testosterone.

Diaz also failed his post-fight drug screening, testing positive for marijuana metabolites for the third time.

The Nevada Athletic Commission handed him a five-year suspension, although that was reduced to 18 months following a successful appeal.

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