Earlier this month, head coach Cesar Gracie insisted his star pupil and former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight number one contender, Nick Diaz, was offered a return fight inside the Octagon. He even labeled the potential pairing as "kind of neat."
UFC President Dana White labeled it as non-existent.
"I haven't spoken to Cesar Gracie in over a year," White told reporters at last weekend's UFC on FOX 8 post-fight media scrum (watch it here). That means the Las Vegas fight boss is suffering from short-term memory loss, or that Gracie is playing more of what White calls "bullshit games."
But he did talk to Diaz.
It just didn't have anything to do with coming out of a self-imposed retirement. "The last night we spoke," he continued, "he told me he was going to slap the shit out of Ariel Helwani." I guess you can consider that a fight, in a roundabout sort of way.
That's the price you pay for asking "stupid questions" in the 209.
Despite his impromptu retirement after back-to-back losses, Diaz continued to tease mixed martial arts (MMA) fans by posting a picture on his official Instagram account, asking to fight the winner of the UFC 162 main event between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman,
So with no "super fights" able to lure him back into the thick of things, a future at 170 pounds looks bleak. Then again, he can always go back to promoting regional pay-per-view (PPV) fights in the "money-losing business." Just make sure you don't get the next update from Cesar Gracie.
Or Nick Diaz, for that matter, who White claims "isn't an easy read."