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Jake Shields: A 'burned out' Nick Diaz has 'calmed down' and won't retire

"He's calmed down, I think he's gonna fight again. He's been a little burned out. They've been fighting him like crazy, keeping him busy. I think he needs a little break. Unfortunately he'll probably be suspended for a little while but I think the time off will make him love the sport again and make him wanna get back in there."

UFC welterweight fighter Jake Shields (via Kimura.se) talks about the future of longtime friend and training partner Nick Diaz, who insisted he was done with combat sports after a unanimous decision loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 earlier this month. Diaz will be on the sidelines following a failed drug test, but Shields believes the time off will help him find the desire to continue fighting. Shields, meanwhile, has his own fight to worry about when he takes on Yoshihiro Akiyama this Saturday night at UFC 144 in Japan. More on that fight here.

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