Former Strikeforce champion and one-time UFC welterweight title-contender Nick Diaz doesn’t sound like a man looking to work his way back up the ladder.
Diaz, who announced his retirement last year after a loss to Georges St-Pierre for the title, was recently interviewed by PopCandies TV and asked about a potential return bout vs. Matt Brown.
“They want me to fight Matt Brown, but I love Matt,” Diaz said. “I love the guy. He’s a hard worker.”
Diaz continued, saying that he isn’t “trying to fight nobody. I don’t want no trouble. I just want to do something big if I do anything at all.
“I’m not trying to hate on nobody. I love everybody that works towards what I was working towards.”
From 2008-2012, Diaz (26-9) won 11 consecutive fights, including wins over BJ Penn, Frank Shamrock and Paul Daley. He lost via decision to Carlos Condit in 2012 for the interim UFC title, and was subsequently suspended after failing the post-fight drug test.
Diaz returned in 2013 and challenged GSP for the title, announcing his retirement for a second time after. He opened WAR MMA that year, holding a card in his hometown of Stockton, California.
Rumors of a potential Diaz-Anderson Silva contest have been floated around, and he was offered both fights with Michael Bisping and Condit by the UFC to return.