Gilbert Melendez recently revealed that friend and training partner Nick Diaz would consider a return to mixed martial arts (MMA) as long as the "right opportunity" came along.
Shortly thereafter, Michael Bisping threw his name in the hat and offered to welcome "The Stockton Slugger" back into the Octagon and into the middleweight division.
Fighters Only went straight to the source and spoke to Diaz about a potential return to MMA and discovered that he indeed would return to the cage for a "big fight," as long as it's against an opponent that would get people talking and would make it worth his time.
"It's kind of hard to retire from MMA, there's always something to do. I am always going to be around it, like my brother is in training camp right now because he has a fight coming up so I am training with him. I don't mind taking fights if it's a big fight that people are going to make a big deal out of. If not, then it's not really worth it to me. I'm not trying to do too much right now. I don't know if I like the way the sport is turning into something different from when I got started. And I think it's a good time for me to take it slow as well."
When asked about a potential showdown against "The Count" at 185 pounds, "The Stockton Slugger" had this to say:
"I don't have anyone specific in mind."
UFC President Dana White was recently asked on Twitter what he thought about a potential showdown between Bisping and Diaz at 185 pounds, and his reaction was as clear as can be:
"I love that fight"
Diaz hasn't competed in MMA since coming up short against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158 earlier this year, losing a five round decision in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Prior to that, he dropped another decision to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 in 2012 for the interim welterweight title.
And much like he did after losing to "The Natural Born Killer," Diaz is getting closer to dusting off the gloves and may be ready to step back into the cage. And by the sounds of it, a showdown against "The Count" could be his first challenge.
Are you down to see this fight? Or do you have someone else in mind for Diaz should he decide to fight again?