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Nick Diaz says he is the MMA GOAT, open to fight Adesanya or Pereira

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Calendar Icon08 March 2023

The MMA GOAT debate is ongoing and Nick Diaz has jokingly entered the chat. During one of his recent interviews, Nick noted jokingly that he is the MMA GOAT.

The question about the best mixed martial artist of all time came back to the forefront at the event this past Saturday. While it's usually a significant topic of discourse, the return of one of the leading candidates spurred fresh back and forth.

After more than three years away, the former two-time light heavyweight champion Jon Jones finally made a comeback at UFC 285, when he successfully submitted top contender and former interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane in one round.

In the middle of the debates, Nick Diaz has thrown his name inside the mix.

“It’s me! What’re you talking about, it’s me!” Diaz told InsideFighting whilst laughing.

Although Diaz, who earlier in his career won a WEC championship, made a strong initial impression by defeating BJ Penn in a Fight of the Night event, he was never able to hold a position of authority when battling inside the Octagon.

But despite being close to 40 years old, Diaz still seems to be playing competitively.

He noted in the interview that he is open to fighting the best in the business and added that he would like to fight names like Israel Adesanya and Alexa Pereira.

“I’m asking to fight as soon as possible. Yeah, something like that (Adesanya). That’s fine. I always wanna fight the best,” Diaz said.

For the first time in six years, Diaz entered the ring in 2021 to rematch former UFC champion Robbie Lawler, whom the Stockton star had knocked out in 2004. The veteran lost via TKO after failing to get back to his feet after being knocked down early in the third round. This performance was highly criticised as being unsatisfactory.

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After his performance at UFC 266, many urged Diaz to put his gloves away. The 39-year-old has recently voiced a desire to return, but he has also quickly disproved that idea.

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