A UFC With Nick Diaz Is a Better UFC

Diaz recently accepted a one-year sanction by the United States Anti-Doping Agency and can finally return to the UFC.

Nick Diaz has had his share of problems, most recently a doping violation. He hasn't competed since 2015 when he was defeated by Anderson Silva in a unanimous decision (before the decision was overturned and ruled a no contest because both fighters failed a drug test!).

Now, however, it looks like the timing is just right for the 34-year-old welterweight to resume his career and make a comeback to the Octagon. Diaz recently accepted a one-year sanction by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. He was never actually caught doping but was sanctioned for a whereabouts violation, for failing to make himself available for testing in 2016 and 2017.

Because his sanction began on April 19, 2017, he is now once again eligible to compete, starting April 19, 2018. MMA fans would welcome his return, especially if he could secure a high-profile fight. The ideal opponent, of course, is Conor McGregor, who's currently facing legal problems of his own.

A fight between Diaz and McGregor would be huge. It would feature two aggressive and charismatic fighters who are at similar crossroads. McGregor's last fight (not counting his boxing match against Floyd Mayweather) was against Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.

Both Diaz and McGregor are volatile and unpredictable, inside and outside the Octagon. McGregor, of course, now has to get past charges for his recent rampage in Brooklyn, and there are also rumblings of a fight with rival Khabib Nurmagomedov and even the possibility of a rematch with Mayweather, this time under UFC rules (or modified rules).

A fight between McGregor and Nick Diaz, however, is a fascinating option. Despite all the high-profile trash talk between McGregor and Nurmagomedov, the Russian fighter recently admitted that he'd prefer to face Georges St-Pierre.

Another event involving Mayweather, meanwhile, is really more of an exhibition than a real fight. While it would certainly enrich both men's bank accounts, it wouldn't do much for either's legacy (especially McGregor's, who is still supposedly an active MMA fighter).

Diaz, meanwhile, has hinted at a comeback, recently posting a photo with the caption "back where we left off." A matchup with McGregor would give both men a chance to reignite their careers and most likely give the fans an action-packed fight.

Below is Diaz’s classic fight from Pride 33 (2007) against Takanori Gomi, where Diaz was alleged to be totally stoned during the fight. Watch the highlights and see what you think.

 

 

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