He’s back!

Former Strikeforce champion and UFC title challenger Nick Diaz has ended his retirement and signed a three-fight deal with the UFC.

UFC President Dana White announced the news on Thursday.

The 30-year-old Diaz has been out of action since dropping a unanimous decision to then-champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158 in March of 2013. It marked Diaz’s second straight loss on the scorecards, having fallen short against Carlos Condit at UFC 143 for the promotion’s interim welterweight title.

Prior to the back-to-back title losses, Diaz had reeled off 11 straight wins under the Dream, Strikeforce and EliteXC banners. The Stockton, Calif., native bested former two-division champion B.J. Penn in his UFC return in late 2011.

Following the loss to St-Pierre, Diaz announced his retirement from MMA. Rumors of potential superfights have run rampant over the last year, including a potential fight with former UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva. However, despite the rumors, no official match-up for Diaz has been revealed at this time.

The Cesar Gracie black belt made it clear that he’s stayed in shape during his time away from the cage.

“I’ve been doing a whole lot of not getting punched around-type stuff,” said Diaz. “I’ve been staying in shape pretty good, doing a lot of running. It’s been a good experience having this much time off.”

While Diaz made it clear that he wants to challenge for UFC gold once again, he was open to the prospects of a fight with the aforementioned Silva.

“I’d be interested in fighting [Anderson Silva] and anything that’s going to do well,” he continued. “As far as Anderson Silva, I think that would be a great fight for people to see because he has my type of style.”

Stayed tuned to The MMA Corner for details on Diaz’s return, including his next opponent, once it is announced.

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