Nick Diaz has vehemently denied allegations of pulling out from an upcoming UFC grappling match against his former Octagon rival, Georges St-Pierre. Diaz has been absent from the UFC scene since his return at UFC 266 in 2021, where he faced a middleweight rematch against former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, resulting in a TKO loss.
Despite his previous hints at returning to mixed martial arts within the Octagon this year, Diaz reportedly agreed to participate in a grappling match with St-Pierre scheduled for December. However, both fighters claimed to have suffered injuries that led to their withdrawal from this submission grappling clash.
Diaz took to his official Instagram account to challenge these assertions, asserting that he was more than ready to compete against St-Pierre. He stated, “Georges St-Pierre is trying to sell wolf tickets, but I’m ready to go. @danawhite, let’s do this.”
Diaz’s history with St-Pierre dates back to March 2013, when they faced off in Quebec, Canada, with Diaz losing by unanimous decision to the former two-weight champion and sports icon.
In his most recent professional victory, Diaz delivered a dominant unanimous decision over the former two-division titleholder, B.J. Penn, in 2011, a performance that earned him the Fight of the Night bonus.