It was a entire dwelling at the Vystar Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida for UFC 261. About 15,000 fans turned up for the 1st totally open indoor arena display because COVID-19 shut down the North American sporting environment in mid-March of 2020. Also in attendance: different celebs like Device Gun Kelly and Megan Fox. YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul (eye roll). Other athletics stars like Tom Brady and Tim Tebow.
And then … Nick Diaz?
We really don’t know irrespective of whether to be stunned or not that the elusive previous contender showed up at UFC 261. Nick has been largely AWOL from the sport for a long time. But on the other hand, this is the initial chance for several people today to go out and drink in general public. And Nick is definitely down for carrying out that.
It was not all just exciting and fights, however. In accordance to UFC president Dana White, Nick was waiting around backstage for him following the UFC 261 put up-battle press conference to discuss a comeback. And in a different surprising change of functions, Dana White sounded intrigued.
“Nick wants to fight,” White explained. “We’ll see how this goes. He’s ready for me in the back proper now. I’m going to go discuss to him.”
White went as much as to counsel Nick could be Khamzat Chimaev’s comeback opponent, which would absolutely be a massive battle. A large adequate struggle for Nick, who without doubt expects to be paid out as the needle mover he is? That is the massive issue.
The elder Diaz brother has not fought since 2015, and even though a whole lot of that has to do with his concentrate on partying about preventing, the UFC’s refusal to give him PPV details exterior a championship combat has also performed a significant aspect in retaining him out of the cage.
We can only hope anything receives labored out. The pandemic appears to be to have done Nick Diaz a lot of excellent. Where just before his social media was total of bars and boozing, now it’s total of instruction. If there’s at any time a time for Nick to action again in the cage, it is now.