Perennial Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Michael Bisping noted earlier this week that he had "become a fan" of Nick Diaz following his UFC 183 performance against Anderson Silva on pay-per-view (PPV) live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bisping was covering the mammoth event for FOX Sports, and wanted to capitalize on a potential "fan pleasing" fight with the Stockton bad boy once the Englishman dispatched of CB Dollaway at the UFC 186 PPV event on April 25 in Montreal, Quebec.
Just days later, "The Count's" tone has changed dramatically following Diaz's third failed test for marijuana following UFC 183. Besides for the fact that Diaz hinted at retirement yesterday, Bisping knows that a potential bout with the former Strikeforce welterweight champion is likely nixed due to the lengthy suspension Diaz will probably face at the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
After the fight, I sent out a very respectful tweet that if he wants to fight after the C.B. Dollaway fight, I would like to get in there with him. I think it would do great business.
Obviously, he's failed another marijuana test, and that's three. Nick Diaz, he likes to smoke weed. What can I say? Maybe the guy has anxiety issues, who knows? You can't fake stupid, what are you going to do?
Diaz has gone against the grain his entire career, so much so that his head coach Cesar Gracie noted the positive marijuana test was not a shock.
Of course, the failed drug test was not the first hiccup for Diaz at UFC 183, as Diaz missed his initial flight to Vegas to avoid the "Embedded" crew, and also missed the open-workouts that are meant to be a fan-friendly event.
Ultimately, Bisping will have to settle with beating up Dollaway in April, and he likely won't ever get a chance to take on the enigmatic Stockton martial artist.
You can watch the entire interview Bisping had with Rick Lee in the video below: