Jake Shields is a longtime friend and training partner of Diaz, who believes the Stockton native is going to be fighting again.
“I think he will I think he’ll fight again soon,” Shields said on The MMA Hour. “I think he’s mentioned it in training a little bit. I haven’t been out there so I don’t know how much he’s been training but I’m pretty sure he’s been in the gym a decent amount and I would love to see him fight again. I think he’s still got some more in him. He hasn’t been training as much but he’s still in good shape and he can come back fast.”
That would go opposite of what UFC President Dana White has stated, as he believes that neither Diaz brother would fight again.
Shields himself would even admit that the elder Diaz brother is a hard person to predict.
“Nick is a hard person to predict,” Shields said. “Only Nick really knows what he is going to do. People always ask ‘is Nick going to show up at a press conference?’ I’m like, ‘man, I can’t even tell you.’ Nic doesn’t even tell the people close to him, sometimes. He just kind of goes out and surprises everyone. Only Nick knows what he is going to do. If I had to guess I’d say he’ll fight again.”
Nate Diaz, who is Nick’s younger brother, has also been reportedly in negotiations to return to action. Which is the reports and Shields are both right, it could mean both Diaz brothers will step into the Octagon once again.