Tyson Fury endorsed Nick Diaz, a returning UFC veteran, and encouraged Dana White to book a fight for him. In a recent social media video, Fury and Diaz were seen exercising together.
Fury sent an expletive-filled post to UFC president White in a training video shared on Diaz and his Instagram stories. ‘The Gypsy King’ spoke on Diaz’s behalf, claiming that his friend was in excellent condition and eager to return.
“I’m here with my boy Nick Diaz. We’re working hard. Coming for all you motherf****rs out there. You’re getting smashed the f**k.You better believe it. He’s in tremendous shape. He’s ready. Make the fight Dana, make the fight,” Fury said.
Former Strikeforce champion and UFC legend Diaz was one of the high-profile guests at the UFC 261 series. Following the case, the Stockton resident met with White to discuss his chances of returning to action.
Diaz hasn’t fought in MMA since losing to Anderson Silva via unanimous decision in February 2015, which was later overturned to a no-contest.
Diaz is one of the most well-known MMA fighters of all time, with a large following. MMA is a constantly changing sport where each new generation of fighters makes the previous generation obsolete. As a result, it’s unclear if the 37-year-old will play against younger rivals following a six-year hiatus, one of the longest stretches of inactivity in recent MMA history.
Dana White sceptical about whether Diaz return
Diaz’s comeback rumours have captivated everyone from hot prospects like Khamzat Chimaev to UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. White, on the other hand, does not seem to be overjoyed or reassured by the quirky fighter’s comeback.
White claimed in a recent interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that he does not believe Diaz has the hunger or inherent ability to play professionally again. Diaz can no longer be inspired to retake the top spot, according to White, because he has seen the absolute highs of an MMA career at the height of his activity stage.
“My whole thing with Nick Diaz is I just question how bad he really wants to fight,” White said.
“I sit down daily with hungry, young savages that wanna break into the top ten, become world champions and all that stuff. Nick Diaz has done it all, seen it all. He’s been in big fights. I just don’t see that in him anymore when I talk to him.”