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Dana White Unsure If Nick Diaz’s Retirement Will Stick, Hopeful He’ll Return

Following his close and controversial unanimous decision loss to Carlos Condit tonight at the main event of UFC 143, the mercurial Nick Diaz told color commentator Joe Rogan that he thought he won the fight hands down and believes he’s had enough of MMA after losing another disagreeable decision.

At 28-years-old and at the current height of his career, Diaz’s early absence from the sport would be an unfortunate one, to say the least. He’s been back in the UFC for less than a year and he’s not only given the welterweight division, but the promotion in general, a shot in the arm. When asked at the post-fight presser if he believes Diaz’s retirement will stick, UFC president Dana White admitted that he just isn’t sure.

“I think Nick’s upset,” said White. “Nick one hundred percent believes he won the fight. I think once he goes home, relaxes and calms down — Nick Diaz is a fighter, I don’t see Nick Diaz retiring. But, who knows? It’s one of those things, too: This isn’t one of those sports where you want to be half in and half out. ‘I don’t know what I wanna do’ — if that’s the way you feel, you probably should retire.”

White said that he thinks Diaz still has at least a fight left on his contract, but isn’t exactly sure. He also said that he thinks the Pride of Stockton will step back into the cage once he’s had time to collect himself and talk to his team.

“I think he’s just emotional right now and I think we’ll see him again.”

UFC 143 went down from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada tonight and saw Carlos Condit awarded the UFC interim welterweight championship after earning a unanimous decision win over Diaz.