Nick Diaz to make UFC comeback in 2021 after completing 14-week training camp and weight cut

NICK DIAZ is set to make a UFC return in 2021 after a gruelling 14-week training regime.

ESPN's Ariel Helwani revealed Diaz's manager Kevin Mubenga said he now weighs in the '175-165 pound range'.


The intensive programme undertaken by Diaz, 37, was a test weight cut.

It is the first time in four years he has dropped his weight.

And he is reportedly keeping 'a close eye on the big welterweight fights coming up'.

Mubenga said he was '100 per cent' planning to fight again with early 2021 the target.

Diaz has not competed in the octagon since January 2015 at UFC 183 and many figured he had retired from MMA.

In his last fight he lost by unanimous decision to ex-middleweight champ Anderson Silva before the main event was ruled a 'no contest' after both failed drug tests after.

Diaz was initially slapped with a five-year ban by the Nevada State Athletic Commission but on appeal was free to compete from August 2016.

Since Diaz last fought, younger brother Nate, 35, has taken over the family mantle as a trash-talking UFC star.

Nate twice fought Irish superstar Conor McGregor with both picking up a victory each.

The brothers taunted The Notorious in July after he was filmed smoking a suspicious cigarette.

And after Nate's defeat to Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 in November, Nick said he would be happy to avenge his brother's loss.

In an interview with Helwani, he said: "I'll fight anybody.

"This guy [Masvidal] can do anything he wants to do right now to make the most money possible.

"I'm like, you know, do the damn thing. […] I'm doing my part, you do yours. They can do their part and then the show could go on."

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