Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White recently revealed Nick Diaz would have to beat a "top guy" before he even thinks about contending for the promotion's welterweight title, which will be up for grabs on Nov. 17, 2012, when Georges St. Pierre returns to the Octagon to face Carlos Condit at UFC 154 in a title unification match.
Maybe a victory over Josh Koscheck can be just what the Stockton slugger needs to get back "in the mix."
The former NCAA All-American Division I wrestling champion, Koscheck, took to his Twitter account to reveal Gracie -- Diaz's head trainer -- would like "Kos" to take on his star pupil over the UFC's annual star-studded Super Bowl weekend event, which is tentatively scheduled to serve as UFC 157 and is set to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 2, 2013.
With both Koscheck and Diaz coming off losses to Johny Hendricks and the aforementioned Condit, respectively, the fight makes sense and would appeal to the masses in more ways than one. Given the popularity of both men and their "bad boy" personas, the match up could undeniably lead to one of the greatest trash-talking build ups to a fight in recent memory.
Indeed, neither of them is shy about speaking their minds and do not necessarily distance themselves from verbal warfare should the occasion call for it, though Diaz was rather modest in his lead up to his bout against "The Natural Born Killer" earlier this year.
However, should the bout ever come to light, hosting it on the Feb. 2 date could prove to be a bit of a problem.
Diaz' suspension for failing a post-fight drug test after his bout against Condit at UFC 143 this past February is scheduled to run through Feb. 4, 2013, two days after the scheduled event and he still has to re-apply for a license to fight and be approved.
This all could be wishful thinking on Gracie's part, unless of course Team Gracie can somehow convince the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to end Diaz' suspension a few days earlier.