Nick Diaz to face Jorge Mesvidal in UFC return.
UFC welterweight Nick Diaz has reportedly agreed to fight Jorge Masvidal at UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on March 2, 2019, according to ESPN's Brett Okamoto. Diaz has not competed in the UFC since January 2015, when he lost via decision to Anderson Silva. However, the match was later ruled a no-contest after Silva tested positive for PEDs and Diaz tested positive for marijuana.
Older brother of UFC Lightweight Nate Diaz, Nick (26-9) was suspended 18 months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after testing positive for marijuana metabolites and was suspended by the United State Anti-Doping Agency again in 2017 for missing three out-of-competition drug tests, according to ESPN. The 35-year old Stockton, California native regained his eligibility in April and is now eyeing a return to the octagon in March. He has not won a fight since UFC 137 in October 2011, when he defeated BJ Penn by unanimous decision.
Masvidal, 34, will also be making a return from an extended layoff. He hasn't fought since a decision loss against Stephen Thompson last November due to injuries and an appearance on a Spanish-language reality show. Masvidal's last victory inside the octagon came in January 2017, when he defeated Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone via second-round TKO. For his UFC career, Masvidal boasts a record of 32-13.