Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White can no longer insist that he has not spoken with the Nick Diaz camp about a return to mixed martial arts (MMA) after his self-imposed premature retirement from the sport earlier this year.
On the contrary, White recently revealed (via MMAFighting.com) that he has offered the former welterweight title contender -- who already teased a jump to 185 pounds -- a middleweight match-up against former light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida.
"[Diaz] had been talking about going to 185 pounds," he said. "Machida has been talking about going to 185 pounds. So we wanted to see if he wanted to fight Machida at 185."
Perhaps this was the "neat" fight coach Cesar Gracie was referring to, which certainly beats a double-dip in the "losing money business."
That's quite the pairing, considering Diaz's penchant to push the pace and force fights, while Machida is the polar opposite, patient to a fault, waiting for opportunities to counterstrike and leading the league (seemingly) in controversial judging decisions.
In other words, if Diaz thought Carlos Condit was hard to catch back at UFC 143, he would likely be in for a frustrating night against "The Dragon," who recently danced and pranced his way to a pair of ho-hum decisions against Dan Henderson and Phil Davis.
Of course, this latest news comes on the heels of White apparently being in "love" with a showdown between Machida and Vitor Belfort, a 185-pound possibility that was bandied about earlier this week as a potential UFC 167 co-main event. However, it's no secret that Belfort is disinterested in non-title middleweight matches and faces a long licensing road in Las Vegas (because of this).
And "The Phenom" has already turned down one Strikeforce import.
Regardless, White, according to the report, "didn't know which fight had better a chance of happening: Machida vs. Belfort or Machida vs. Diaz."
Which do you prefer?