Diaz brother hasn’t set foot inside the cage since his UFC 183 bout with former middleweight king Anderson Silva, which he lost via unanimous decision.
Diaz’s loss to Silva was overturned to a no-contest following the discovery that the Brazilian failed his post-fight drug test.
The Stockton natives’ post-fight drug screening also came back positive, which resulted in him being handed an 18-month ban.
The former Strikeforce welterweight champion’s period of ineligibility ended in August 2016, much to the delight of his and UFC fans across the world.
However, he showed little interest in returning to action after his period of ineligibility ended, until now.
Earlier today, Diaz posted a picture of himself in a fighting stance to his Instagram page with an interesting caption.
It read: “Back where we left off.”
Diaz’s hint that he’s ready to end his long hiatus comes less than 48 hours after it was announced that he’d accepted a 12-month suspension from USADA for his three whereabouts failures.
The ban was backdated to April 19, 2017, meaning the 34-year-old is eligible to compete in eight day’s time.
UFC president Dana White recently discussed the possibility of Diaz returning to the promotion and hinted that the fan-favourite is keen to fight again.
“I don’t know,” White told TMZ when asked if he thought we’d see Nick’s brother, Nate, back in the cage this year.
“I think Nick Diaz is interested in fighting right now. We’ll see how that plays out.”
Diaz, 26-9-2NC, made his UFC debut in September 2003, defeating Jeremy Jackson via third-round submission.
He went 5-4 in his next nine outings in the promotion before joining Elite XC in September 2013.
Diaz returned to UFC in October 2011, defeating BJ Penn by unanimous decision in the main event of UFC 137.
He suffered back-to-back losses to Carlos Condit and Georges St-Pierre in his next two outings before his no contest with Silva.
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