EXCLUSIVE | Diaz Brother’s coach Richard Perez: Michael Bisping has not fought anyone with a style like Nick Diaz
Silva tested positive for multiple banned substances including steroids while Diaz tested positive for marijuana for the third time in the state of Nevada. Silva and Diaz were both suspended and Diazs suspension just ended in August and is eligible to return to competition.
A long-time coach of the Diaz brothers, Richard Perez was a guest on BJPenn.com Radio this week and spoke with our host Kinch on Nicks plans for returning to the Octagon.
Kinch mentioned the talks of potential opponents for Nick being Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping but one that a lot of fans want to see is a rematch with Robbie Lawler.
I do too, Perez said. Nick knocked him out and Robbie Lawler has been on a roll you know, until he fought Woodley. He just wasnt expecting that and I would love to see that. I think it would be a good money payday right there.
Kinch then asked Perez for his thoughts about a potential fight with UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping.
Well, if the money is good, then sure, Perez said. I mean, why not? If the money is good, then Nick will get in shape for it and hes fought at 185 and he fought a good fighter, Anderson Silva, you know who had some complications there so he wasnt really prepared like he should have been but he did good.
Hes [Nick] a different style. Bisping hasnt fought anybody like that, Perez added. Hes a different style. Nick throw combinations, I mean, yeah. Im not saying Bisping isnt any good, but it would be a good fight.
As far as a championship belt in the foreseeable future, Perez says once again that if the money is right, Nick will hold a title in 2017.
I think he will because hes hungry for it right now, Perez said of Nick. Hes hungry right now. Hes been out for a while so you know if youre a fighter, you know, if you havent trained in a while and youve been fighting almost all your life, and all of a sudden you get a big break, you start getting hungry for it. Its like not eating a steak for a month or two, you know? I gotta have that steak, I gotta get it. I want it. So, I know hes hungry for it. Hell take it if its good money. If not, I dont know what hes gonna do but I know he deserves the big payday.
Theyre both [Nick and Nate] entertaining you know? People love to watch them, Perez said of the Diaz brothers. Whether they hate them or they love them, they love watching them.