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Despite being winless in his previous four fights and easiest having one match in the previous six years, Crop Diaz is aiming excessive as he ponders a return to the UFC later this year.
Talking to TMZ Sports actions, Diaz acknowledged he’s “working” on a fight for the end of this year and he’s focusing on welterweight champion Kamaru Usman as his opponent.
“I wanna fight for the title,” he acknowledged. “I arrangement not wanna attain all this—I am 38 years mature.”
Diaz returned from a six-year hiatus in September 2021 to fight Robbie Lawler. He used to be knocked down in the third round and the referee gave him the choice to safe motivate on his feet, but he verbally stop to full the match.
UFC President Dana White steered ESPN’s Brett Okamoto three months after the fight that he would not mediate Diaz also can peaceable proceed to fight.
“Despite how fair he regarded [against Lawler] or what he did after this kind of spacious layoff, I arrangement not mediate Crop also can peaceable fight,” White acknowledged. “Or not it is not that I used to be in favor of it. He’s a grown man and would perchance perchance presumably attain no subject he desires to attain. I fair don’t mediate that Crop does it on list of he loves it. I mediate Crop does it on list of he has to attain it.”
Diaz hasn’t won a fight since UFC 137 in October 2011 when he beat B.J. Penn by unanimous willpower. He’s since long previous on to lose to Carlos Condit and Georges St-Pierre.
Anderson Silva additionally defeated Diaz at UFC 183, however the result used to be overturned to a no contest after Silva failed a pair of drug tests ahead of the fight. Diaz used to be suspended for 5 years by the Nevada Drawl Athletic Price thanks to a particular marijuana take a look at leading up to the fight. It used to be the third such failed take a look at of his occupation.
Usman is arguably the most effective pound-for-pound fighter in blended martial arts. The Nigerian Nightmare has a 20-1 occupation file (15-0 in the UFC) and has successfully defended the welterweight title 5 occasions since beating Tyron Woodley to rob the crown at UFC 235.
An legitimate date has but to be introduced, but White confirmed in January that Leon Edwards would be the next challenger for Usman.
Edwards defeated Crop’s brother, Nate, in his most latest fight at UFC 263 in June.