Ariel Helwani caught up with Nate Diaz at the UFC on FOX 3 press conference and asked him some stuff about his fight with Jim Miller. Yeah, that’s gonna be a scrap and a half, but you know what we wanna hear: Does Nate think his brother Nick is seriously gonna stay retired?
Triathalon season is starting so he’s getting ready, getting in shape for that and concentrating on being in shape, being healthy and helping me out and coaching me for this fight [against Jim Miller]. Right now, I don’t think [we will see him back inside the Octagon]. He’s big on, like I said, staying in shape and just being healthy right now. He’s not worried about it.
I think he’s retired. He hasn’t been into this whole fighting thing for some time … since everything that goes on with the funny wins and losses. And not just for him, but for people on our team. So, I just think he’s relaxed right now, you know? I think he’s pretty set on his retirement, though.
I kind of agree with him [about his decision]. It’s hard to say — he’s my brother. I’m not going to tell him to go fight somebody. I think he’s doing the right thing. He made enough money to just chill back, sit back and relax. People don’t understand: Nick never had nothing. He came from not much, so when he complained a lot about not making a lot of money it’s because there were so many people making more money than him and he works 10 times hard than them. So, they definitely paid him enough money to not have to anything. He doesn’t need to fight.
Jake Shields has said he thinks Nick is probably just burned out (heh) and will probably be back, but Jake doesn’t know Nick the way Nate does. Nate’s the one that busts into Nick’s bedroom and kicks him out of bed when he sleeps through plane flights and press conferences. He’s got 26 years worth of experience being Nick’s little brother, so I’d put more stock in his answer than Jake’s.
Then again, Nate probably also knows it’s not his place to say “Yeah Nick’s still saying he’s retired but between you and me he’s probably full of sh*t.” Which would be my choice for truest statement concerning Nick Diaz’s retirement.