Michael Bisping thinks Nate Diaz returns to the UFC after this one thing happens

Michael Bisping

Nate Diaz may still be active in the UFC, according to Michael Bisping.

In the main event of UFC 279 on Saturday, Diaz defeated Tony Ferguson by submission. After winning, Diaz stated that he would leave the UFC to “take over another profession and become the best at that,” making reference to boxing and a long-rumored matchup between Jake Paul and Diaz. And even though Bisping is aware of how lucrative that particular fight would be, he still thinks Diaz will benefit financially from sticking with the organization.

Michael Bisping thinks Nate Diaz returns to the UFC

“I thought he gave a great speech, I thought Joe Rogan handled the interview very, very well,” Bisping said on his YouTube channel. “He’s talking about boxing, he’s talking about jiu-jitsu. The reality is, Diaz is a global superstar, an absolute sensation, and he’s a very skilled mixed martial artist. So he can compete in jiu-jitsu, he can compete in kickboxing — not wrestling — but you might even see him doing bare knuckle boxing, you never know. He’s going to go wherever pays the most money. But the reality is… Diaz doesn’t have a lot of opportunities to earn the money that he does, outside of the organization.

“Of course the big one, the obvious one, the one people are all talking about is boxing Jake Paul. That’s a one-off event, and who knows? It’s not guaranteed to do blockbuster numbers. It probably would. Diaz is a draw, Jake Paul is a draw, that fight would get a lot of buzz, but that would be one fight. Diaz is 37 years old. His window of opportunity is closing all the time. So what? Maybe one big fight with Jake Paul. There’s not a lot of opportunity to earn blockbuster paydays, one after the other, after the other, like he does with the UFC.”

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“So that fight will probably happen, he’ll make some money, and then what?” Bisping said. “Bellator? One FC? Bare knuckle boxing? His own promotion? Of course there’s the third fight with Conor McGregor out there that everybody wants to see, and I’m sure he’s thinking Real Fights, that’s his promotion, going up against McGregor Sports and Entertainment. Them two fight each other, that’s a blockbuster fight, and then they get to split the pot 50/50, they make all the money. The problem is that Conor McGregor’s under contract with the UFC. I don’t know the status of his contract right now but he’s under contract and they’re probably going to offer him another sensational contract because Conor pulls in the biggest numbers of anyone. So what I’m saying is that fight probably won’t materialize anytime soon, and we’ll probably see Nate Diaz potentially re-sign with the UFC. That would not surprise me.”

Transcription courtesy of MMA Fighting