It appears as if Demian Maia won’t allow Nick Diaz to enjoy his retirement just yet. A winner of three straight,  Maia recently expressed his desire to welcome the former title challenger back. Fresh off an impressive win over John Fitch in February, Maia is looking to raise his stock for a future shot at Georges St. Pierre’s welterweight crown and there’s no one better for his resume than Diaz.

During an appearance on the Tuesday night airing of UFC Tonight, MMA journalist Ariel Helwani reported having spoken with Maia’s manager, Eduardo Alonso, about potential future matchups. Helwani had this to say:

I spoke to Eduardo Alonso last night, and they’re kind of anxious to get back in there, and more importantly, they want to know who’ll they be fighting next.  I asked him, ‘Is there anyone out there that interests you?’ He said, ‘Well, we’re not really quite sure what Nick Diaz is thinking or if he’ll ever fight again, but for us, it would be an honor to fight Nick Diaz.’ They have a lot of respect for him, and they think that fight would generate a lot of buzz.

With Diaz’ retirement announcement and only interests in a potential rematch with St. Pierre or a superfight with middleweight ace Anderson Silva, Maia may find it difficult to provoke him into a matchup. However, one thing is for sure: The battle of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blackbelts and two of the best welterweight grapplers on the planet could make for an outstanding 170-pound affair.


Photo by Mark J. Rebilas – USA TODAY Sports