The latest rumor that hasn’t really been picking up much steam is one pitting former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight champion Michael Bisping against returning welterweight Nick Diaz.
It simply isn’t happening, according to “The Count,” who stated on his Believe You Me podcast that while he did have a conversation with the Stockton slugger about potentially meeting inside the cage down the road, it isn’t in the works.
“No, no. I’m not fighting Nick Diaz, it’s all total bullshit. I haven’t spoken to the UFC about anything, they haven’t even come to me. In fact, I’m a little bit offended the Ultimate Fighting Championship – what the fuck?” he declared via MMANYTT.
According to Bisping his next fight — which will be his last — will be in the Light Heavyweight division, which means a 185-pound showdown against Diaz is out of the question.
But, if Nick is willing to meet the brash Brit at a catchweight of say 195 pounds, then the former champion is willing to make the drop down.
“The only issue is that if I do fight, I want it at 205 and I don’t think Nick would do 205. Because making 185 for the last, you know, ten years – it’s been so hard. Making 185 for me is not an easy task,” declared Bisping.
“It’s not an easy task at all. And if I’m going to fight one more time, it’s going to be at light heavyweight. Or I do a catchweight, you know, maybe a 195 or whatever. But making 185 for me is too hard. So if Nick would be willing to come up then I’ll do it, I’ll accept. If he comes up to 195 or something like that, I’m down, I’m in – sign me up!”
Sign us all up.
Nick’s troubles with Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) were recently taken care of, making him eligible to return to mixed martial arts (MMA) if and when he chooses to.
If a fight against Diaz doesn’t come to fruition, perhaps Bisping can revisit this old rivalry and settle the score once and for all.