Diaz said “peace out to the fight game” a short time after the bout and former UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping doesn’t like how the fighter handled the loss at UFC 244.
“Listen, I love to watch Nate fight and I love to watch Nick fight,” Bisping said on Believe You Me (via Fernando Quiles of BJPenn.com). “I am a huge fan of both of them, I really am. There was no way I was missing that fight on Saturday. There was no way I was missing the Pettis fight. They’re great fighters. They bring excitement every time. And you’re right there is that aura, that element of there’s a wildness. You don’t know what they’re gonna do and what they’re gonna say, and that’s part of the attraction. I get that, but by losing this fight and then saying, ‘okay I’m gonna retire,’ because it didn’t go his way and then to start coming out with conspiracy theories and things like that. It’s wholly unattractive.”
The retired Bisping has zero respect for Diaz after the way Diaz has handled the loss to Masvidal.
“Having one setback getting beaten in a fight, and then saying, ‘man fuck it. That’s it I’m retired.’ I’m sorry, to somebody like me, I have zero respect for that,” says Bisping.
Diaz himself has since spoken to ESPN to say he isn’t retired from professional MMA competition, but hasn’t elaborated any further.