Michael Bisping welcomes the idea of a middleweight fight against Nick Diaz
Michael Bisping would love to welcome Nick Diaz in the middleweight division
Former UFC welterweight contender and Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz has decided to retire from MMA following his decision loss to GSP earlier this year. However, his friend and training partner Gilbert Melendez, believes that Diaz will come out of retirement if the right opportunity comes his way.
“I think with the right opportunity, for the right thing, he’ll come out. Whether it’s boxing, whether it’s kickboxing, whether it’s whatever, some sort of challenge would be great. I don’t think he has the desire to be a stepping stone or he doesn’t want to play that role. Sometimes you have to come back up the ladder in your career and I don’t think he wants that. I think he wants to fight top-level competition. He doesn’t need to fight just to take it.” says Melendez.
Last July, Diaz expressed his desire to compete again while appealing for his suspension due to marijuana use. The Stockton California native even tried to negotiate for a fight with Anderson Silva and later against Lyoto Machida. However, UFC president Dana White dismissed the possibility of both fights and stated that “it made no sense”.
It would seem that Diaz is just waiting for a lucrative fight for his planned octagon return and he might finally get his wish with Michael Bisping. Earlier today, Bisping responded to a tweet by Ariel Helwani of MMAfighting.com that he is interested in a middleweight fight against Diaz.
“@arielhelwani well if Diaz wants a fight at 185 I would happily welcome him to the division”
The fight clearly won’t happen sooner with Bisping sidelined for the rest of the year due to his eye injury. However, The Count will probably be ready in 2014 and a bout with Diaz will certainly generate a lot of buzz given the fan base of both fighters.
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