Nick Diaz might be moving up to middleweight for his next UFC fight, according to Brazilian contender Demian Maia.
Maia is now down at welterweight after a long run at middleweight and he is creeping ever closer to title contention.
Appearing on The MMA Hour this week he said that a fight with Nick Diaz had been of interest to him but that it wouldnâ€™t be happening.
â€śThatâ€™s an interesting fight but I heard he is going to middleweight, to 185. I heard that he wants to go up to 185, or at least he wants to go to 185. I heard thatâ€¦ I donâ€™t even remember from who I heard it but lets see what happens,â€ť he said.
Maia also said that while he is interested in fighting the winner of this weekendâ€™s Rory Macdonald/Jake Ellenberger fight, he hasnâ€™t fought since February and wants to get back into action quicker than that match would take.
However, whichever match he does take, he wants it to be a fight that levers him into title contention if he wins. Maia is now 3-0 at welterweight and coming off a very impressive win over Jon Fitch, a former title contender himself.
â€śThe main thing for me is the belt it doesnâ€™t matter if I have the chance to fight GSP or someone else. But if I am able to do something like Weidman just did, go in there and win against a very dominant [champion] it is much more interesting,â€ť he says.