Dana White on potential Nick Diaz return: ‘There’s been talking, but there’s been talking for years’

LAS VEGAS – Some in the MMA sphere are buzzing about a potential Nick Diaz return in 2021, but UFC president Dana White doesn’t seem quite as enthusiastic.

At the Dana White’s Contender Series 32 post-fight news conference Tuesday, White gave his thoughts on the reported 14-week training camp Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) recently went through and the return plans his team has projected to the media.

“Listen, the Nick Diaz thing,” White said. “First of all, we would never have released that or done that. We’ll see how this thing plays out. I don’t have any expectations whatsoever. We’ll see what happens.”

White was asked a follow-up question as to whether it was a wait-and-see scenario, to which the UFC president responded, “Yeah.”

As for recent talks, White confirmed the two parties have been in frequent communication, but indicated that isn’t out of the ordinary – a claim White also made this past December.

“There’s been talking, but there’s been talking for years,” White said.

Diaz hasn’t competed in professional MMA competition since UFC 183 in January 2015 – more than five years ago. Additionally, Diaz hasn’t won a fight since he beat B.J. Penn at UFC 137 in October 2011. He is now 36 years old.

DWCS 32 took place Tuesday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and streamed on ESPN+.

Check out Dana White’s full DWCS 32 post-fight news conference in the video above.

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