Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender Nate Diaz has apparently experienced a change of heart, after asking the promotion to grant him his unconditional release last February on Twitter. Either that, or his brother Nick's scouting report on Walmart careers scared some sense into him.
Diaz is ready to fight.
That's according to UFC President Dana White, who told the mixed martial arts (MMA) media at last Saturday night's (April 26, 2014) UFC 172 post-fight scrum (via MMA Fighting) that Diaz has contacted UFC matchmaker Joe Silva, and asked him to put a fight together.
"I didn't [talk to him], no. I think Joe Silva did and Nate said he's ready to fight, so he told Joe to call him."
Following his emphatic win over Gray Maynard at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 finale last year in Las Vegas, Nevada, Diaz took himself out of the line up. At first he was holding out for a title shot (can't imagine where he would get that from), then got into a war of words with White over a proposed bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Water under the bridge, I suppose.
But who Diaz would fight upon his return in unclear. Currently ranked at No. 6 in the official rankings (see them here), the only folks in his general vicinity -- who are also coming off a win -- are TJ Grant and the aforementioned Nurmagomedov. Either of those two fights doing anything for you?
If not, then who?