It’s hard for anyone to imagine that Nick Diaz truly will be stepping away from the sport of mixed martial arts for good, especially in his prime, as most excused his announcement as ‘being in the moment. Suffering what he felt was an unjustly loss to Carlos Condit via unanimous decision and angered by his lack of pay when compared to some of the bigger names, (not to mention his suspension for marijuana use) Nick has changed his focus back to his love of triathlons according to his brother Nate and we’ve seen the last of him in the cage.
Triathalon season is starting so he’s getting ready, getting in shape for that and concentrating on being in shape, being healthy and helping me out and coaching me for this fight [against Jim Miller]. Right now, I don’t think [we will see him back inside the Octagon]. He’s big on, like I said, staying in shape and just being healthy right now. He’s not worried about it. I think he’s retired. He hasn’t been into this whole fighting thing for some time … since everything that goes on with the funny wins and losses. And not just for him, but for people on our team. So, I just think he’s relaxed right now, you know? I think he’s pretty set on his retirement, though. I kind of agree with him [about his decision]. It’s hard to say — he’s my brother. I’m not going to tell him to go fight somebody. I think he’s doing the right thing. He made enough money to just chill back, sit back and relax. People don’t understand: Nick never had nothing. He came from not much, so when he complained a lot about not making a lot of money it’s because there were so many people making more money than him and he works 10 times hard than them. So, they definitely paid him enough money to not have to anything. He doesn’t need to fight.”
Could Nick truly be done with mixed martial arts? Could he have made enough to retire at the age of 28 after 11 years in the sport? Time will only tell, but in the meanwhile Nick’s staying busy as he has no choice due to the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s suspension of his fighting license.