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Midnight Mania! ‘99.99999’ percent chance Nick Diaz returns in 2021 per manager

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It’s been just about six years since Nick Diaz last stepped into the Octagon in a bout ultimately ruled a “No Contest” opposite Anderson Silva. One must reach back all the way to 2011 for Diaz’s most recent win, his return to the UFC opposite BJ Penn.

Yet, the former Strikeforce kingpin’s return will nevertheless be a major event and likely headliner ... if it happens. Diaz’s manager Kevin Mubenga went on Fanatics View to speak about Diaz’s return to training a few months ago, and he largely promised that Diaz would fight next year.

“He took a little break last month and now we’re going to pick it back up in December and go into the new year hopefully with a new deal done,” Mubenga said (transcription via MMAJunkie). “(We’ll) make sure the money is right and the opponent is right and we’ll be able to move forward with all of this.”

As for the specific chance that Diaz returned next year, Mubegan sounded pretty confident that everything works out.

“99.99999 (percent),” Mubenga said. “We just got to get everything else right with the organization and everything. We’ll be able to move forward. He’s been training. People want to see (that). We’ll he’s been training as you can see for the last few several months. He took a little break now. Now, it’s time to get back on there and just go through it. You don’t want to overtrain and over-exhaust yourself, especially when you don’t have a date yet. But it was good to be able to go through the regiment and go through that small camp there to kind of feel everything out (and) get back with everyone (like trainer) Cesar Gracie.”

If Nick Diaz does indeed return next year, who should he fight? My vote goes for a rematch with Carlos Condit, which seems like an appropriate challenge with real history behind it.

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