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Veteran Nick Diaz will be back in UFC action in August. Photo: Mark J. Rebilas – USA TODAY Sports

At 40 years old, legendary MMA fighter Nick Diaz hasn’t had his hand raised inside the octagon since 2011. When the unexpected news broke of Diaz returning to action to face the hard-hitting Vicente Luque, in Abu Dhabi on August 3, many considered it to be the wrong fight to take for the veteran.

That includes his former coach Cesar Gracie.

“I’m really not that involved in that fight, gonna be perfectly honest with you,” Gracie recently told Submission Radio. “That wasn’t my idea, it wouldn’t have been the fight that I would’ve — like, if I was advising Nick, I wouldn’t have advised him to do that fight.”

“It’s in Abu Dhabi, I wouldn’t advise to go fight overseas at this point. Luque is a very tough guy, Nick is a tough guy but it just doesn’t make that much sense for me. Where Nick is at in his career and I don’t know, it’s not the fight that I would’ve made.”

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Nick Diaz faced all-time greats

During his career, Nick Diaz faced all-time greats like Georges St-Pierre, Anderson “Spider” Silva and B.J. Penn.

In his last fight, back in September 2021, he faced Robbie Lawler. After putting up a fight for two rounds, Diaz lost via TKO in the third and final round.

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