Nick and Nate Diaz have been out of the competitive combat sports game for awhile now, with older brother Nick last competing in early 2015, while Nate hasn’t stepped foot inside the Octagon since his loss to Conor McGregor in August of 2016.
If you’re one of the many fans who are eager to see their return to action, don’t hold your breath. That’s according to Gilbert Melendez, who says his longtime training partners don’t seem to be in much of a hurry to return, saying Nick is pretty much retired while Nate has so many other things keeping him busy.
“I would love to see him (Nick) come back, but last time I checked, he’s retired,” said Melendez on Chael Sonnen’s “You’re Welcome” podcast (via MMA Junkie).
Nate, meanwhile, is busy living the high life thanks to his A-list status and business ventures that keep him plenty busy.
“He’s training hard. His brand is huge. He’s so dang famous; the guy’s an A-lister now. Everyone knows him where I go,” he added. “He’s big in the cannabis game out there and hanging out with celebrities, doing appearances. Being a real businessman out there. He has his specialties, and he’s doing good. He’s training all the time, living a good lifestyle.”
Both men were briefly linked for potential returns, as Nate was lined up to face Dustin Poirier at UFC 230 last year before the bout was scratched due to a “Diamond” injury, while Nick was in talks to face Jorge Masvidal next month at UFC 235.
In the end, both fights fell through and talks of potential replacement bouts are non-existent, which further confirms Gilbert’s comments that the Stockton sluggers aren’t really in much need to take part in fisticuffs.
Unless it’s for a big payday, of course.