Nick Diaz makes his entrance at UFC 143 on Feb. 4, 2012 in Las Vegas. Photo by Esther Lin via MMAFighting.com.
"He's sick of the politics, the whole marijuana thing, the judges ... . It's kind of a weird thing, but let's face it: I'm not going to let that guy quit. I just don't see that happening. He's too good and he's too important in this sport, I think. If it's up to me, there's no way that's going to happen."
-- Nick Diaz's mixed martial arts (MMA) trainer, coach, and mentor, Cesar Gracie, tells Sherdog.com that he knows his star pupil won't be retiring from the sport if only because he just won't let him. Diaz famously declared he was walking away from the fight game following a close unanimous decision defeat to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 this past Feb. 4, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada. In that fight, the Stockton, Calif., native was the aggressor, walking down his foe for five full rounds. But "The Natural Born Killer" was precise in his strikes while circling away from danger and by the end of the 25-minute contest, the judges decided they felt aggressiveness was secondary to the damage done by a smart game plan. This, of course, angered Diaz to the point of quitting during the post-fight interview. It was later revealed it would have all been for naught anyway, as he failed his drug test for marijuana metabolites. He's yet to have his hearing but he's facing a long suspension, seeing as this is the second time he's been popped for drugs in Nevada. Even if he does take an extended vacation, Gracie assures us Diaz won't be gone for good. And, really, the former Strikeforce champion has far too much to offer the sport to walk away at the age of 28 and in the prime of his career. Right?