Gilbert Melendez believes Nick Diaz has hung up his gloves.
The Diaz brothers are well known in the world of mixed martial arts. At one point, Nick was the star with his stunning submission win over Takanori Gomi which was later changed to a No Contest due to a positive drug test for marijuana. There’s also Nick’s stellar run as the Strikeforce welterweight champion. It was Nate’s turn to shine when he stunned Conor McGregor via submission back in March 2016. While McGregor won the rematch later that same year, their feud is in the history books as one of the best of all time.
“El Nino” Says Nick Diaz Is Done
Melendez is a close friend and training partner of the Diaz brothers. He provided an update to Chael Sonnen regarding the statuses of both fighters. Melendez claimed that Nick has retired (via MMAJunkie.com):
“I would love to see him come back, but last time I checked, he’s retired. [Nate’s] training hard. His brand is huge. He’s so dang famous; the guy’s an A-lister now. Everyone knows him where I go. He’s big in the cannabis game out there and hanging out with celebrities, doing appearances. Being a real businessman out there. He has his specialties, and he’s doing good. He’s training all the time, living a good lifestyle.”
Nick hasn’t competed since Jan. 2015. He initially dropped a unanimous decision to Anderson Silva, but the bout result was changed to a No Contest when Silva popped for performance enhancing drugs. Nick was booked for a bout with Jorge Masvidal on March 2 at UFC 235, but that didn’t work out.
Do you think Nick Diaz is truly done with MMA competition?