One good option for Nick Diaz now that his legal woes are over: UFC revenge tour


The good news is that Nick Diaz’s legal troubles in the state of Nevada are over and done with. The domestic violence charges against him were dismissed Thursday, and afterward he wasted no time jumping on social media to thank his attorney and his supporters, adding almost as an afterthought that he was “looking forward to focusing on my return.”

So, now there are no legal hurdles standing in the way of Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) fighting again. Instead, there’s just the considerable hurdle of Diaz himself.

Even by MMA fighter standards, Diaz is unique. He’s also difficult and stubborn and frustrating and unpredictable. That’s part of what fans seem to love about him, and at least some of the reason why he’s retained so much popularity despite not winning a fight since 2011.

The UFC is clearly still interested in him. According to UFC President Dana White, the company has continually offered him fights (when he wasn’t suspended or facing criminal charges), only to have him turn them down. But what do you do with a guy like Diaz in today’s UFC, a guy who hasn’t done very much fighting recently, yet is also too big a draw to just get tossed back into the general population of some Fight Night event in the middle of nowhere?

The way I see it, there’s one good option: Nick Diaz Revenge Tour.

Hear me out on this one. Even by the currently very lax standards in the UFC, Diaz is not a title contender in any division. That didn’t stop the UFC from giving him a crack at Georges St-Pierre even when he was coming off a loss, but there’s a point where silly fun becomes ridiculous self-sabotage, and Diaz fighting for a UFC belt at the present moment would likely be that point.

But one thing we know about Diaz is that the man can carry a grudge. He also has a hard time believing he ever lost a fight, no matter what the judges might say to the contrary. And since most of his former opponents are also now in the twilight of their careers, most of them don’t have much better to do than to run it back with one of Stockton’s favorite sons.

So why not give Diaz another chance to prove his point against Carlos Condit? Why not find out if Diego Sanchez is still the same savage he used to be? Hey, maybe we even get really crazy and go re-sign Joe Riggs for a reprisal of their famous hospital brawl? Though hopefully this time without the IVs and screaming nurses.

The great thing is, the revenge doesn’t even have to be..

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