Attorney confirms UFCs Nick Diaz still 'retired' from MMA, will return for St. Pierre rematch or Silva super fight

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What would it take to get Nick Diaz to un-retire? Probably more than UFC is willing to give, or fans are willing to accept.

I've got bad news for soccer moms and French-Canadian fight fans: You won't have Nick Diaz to kick around anymore.

That's because the former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion, who failed to get his hands around gold at UFC 158: "St. Pierre vs. Diaz" last month in Montreal, is likely to remain retired after his second straight loss inside the Octagon, according to a report from UFC Tonight.

"Right now Nick is retired, unless he gets rematch with Georges St. Pierre or the big Anderson Silva fight. Apparently, if he doesn't get those, he's going to remain retired."

When contacted by MMAmania.com, Jonathan Tweedale, attorney for Diaz, said his client's decision to retire was made during the UFC 158 post-fight press conference (watch it here) and was not "news." That should come as a relief to anyone who's grown weary of "Weight Gate."

In addition, Martin Kampmann will have to resort to Plan B.

Diaz returned to the Octagon in October 2011 after nearly a five-year absence, defeating former two-time champion B.J. Penn to put himself in position to challenge St. Pierre for the title. While "Rush" was on the shelf with kneehab, Diaz lost to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 and flunked his post-fight drug test.

It didn't keep him out of a title fight, but he was unable to capitalize on the opportunity.

In addition, his second run under the ZUFFA umbrella was plagued with public gaffes, run-ins with management and bizarre accusations. There's no guarantee Diaz will pass his latest drug test (his words, not mine), so it would not come as a surprise to learn that UFC President Dana White supports his decision.

Unless, of course, there's money like this to be made.


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