Nick Diaz hasn’t been seen in the Octagon since dropping a decision to former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva at UFC 183. While former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey hasn’t competed since getting destroyed by Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.
According to UFC President Dana White, the Stockton native and the former women’s bantamweight champion may never compete again.
“I highly doubt it,” White told MMA Junkie. “I don’t know. I honestly don’t think that, and I can’t speak for him, you’d have to speak with Nick himself, but if you ask me – people ask me, ‘Do you think Ronda (Rousey) is coming back?’ No. I think Ronda’s going to retire. Ronda hasn’t retired, but my opinion is, I think she will. I don’t think Nick Diaz will ever fight again. I just don’t think he has the desire anymore.”
Nick’s brother Nate has competed multiple times since Nick’s last bout, most notably defeating UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor at UFC 196.
White also believes that when it comes to Diaz, the fighter isn’t as hungry as he used to be.
“The thing about fighting, first of all it’s a young man’s game,” White said. “You’ve got to be young, hungry. You’ve got to be an animal to jump out of bed every day and go in there and train the way that you do. The things that you have to do to get to the UFC, let alone break into the top 10 or the top 5 or be a world champion, you have to love it. I just don’t think that Nick loves it anymore.”
White is going to be seen next at UFC 213, which is taking place on Saturday, July 8.