source: Steven Marrocco | mmajunkie.com
A good night's sleep has dulled anger within the Diaz camp.
Diaz (27-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC) manager Cesar Gracie doesn't know whether the fighter's retirement will stick following a decision loss to Carlos Condit (28-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC), but he anticipates it won't.
"I think Nick will miss fighting when he's not doing it for long enough, so I do see him coming back at some point," Gracie today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Not now, but maybe end of the year, 2013, something like that."
In UFC 143's headliner, Condit earned a unanimous decision over Diaz to become the UFC interim welterweight champion and set a fight with undisputed champ Georges St-Pierre sometime this year. The pay-per-view event took place this past Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Diaz said he would retire shortly after the decision was handed down. UFC president Dana White said he would understand if Diaz didn't wanted to retire, but also entertained the possibility of a rematch with Condit as St-Pierre healed from the torn ACL that scratched his scheduled meeting with Diaz and this past Saturday's event.
However, on Monday, Condit and his representatives weren't keen on the idea of an immediate rematch.
"That's fine," Gracie said. "I understand that. It's business. I think they want the GSP fight, and they understand that that's a very lucrative fight and it could have all kinds of beneficial ramifications for Condit.
"So he's looking at it from a monetary perspective. I didn't expect him to want a rematch, and the best thing right now is to just wish Carlos good luck."
A day earlier, Gracie wasn't as composed. He railed at the decision in an interview Monday with MMAFighting.com and accused judges of bias toward the former Strikeforce champion, whose personality is a polarizing force among fans.
Messages of outrage and support for the decision continue to pour onto social media sites, message boards and websites three days after the fight.
Gracie initially declined an interview with MMAjunkie.com, stating via text that he wanted to "lay low," but wrote he would try to talk Diaz out of retiring.
A day later, he's more optimistic that things will work out.
"Retirement means a lot of things," Gracie said. "It can mean you're done working for the rest of your life or it can mean something like what other people have done when they retire, just basically take time off and get out of the schedule. You retire for a set amount of time. I'm hoping it's that."
Gracie said that while he hasn't spoken to the UFC about Diaz, he has received calls from boxing promoters such as Top Rank that are interested in procuring the fighter's services. Before signing a lucrative deal with the UFC this past summer, Diaz signed a deal with promoter Don Chagrin for a possible fight with a top-ranked boxer.
However, the manager said Diaz hasn't expressed a desire to box since his unexpected announcement.
"They would love to see him go over there an box," Gracie said. "There's a lot of promoters who want him to do something like that, but right now, he's under contract with the UFC, so I don't think he could go to boxing even if he wanted to."
Gracie said that in a perfect world, Diaz would box and fight in the UFC. But he stressed the best thing for the fighter is time away from the sport.
Diaz's hasn't had more than six months off since he joined the ranks of Strikeforce in 2009, when the promotion purchased select fighter contracts from the ailing EliteXC. He often complained of burnout in the course of a streak that saw him win eight consecutive bouts and become one of the hottest commodities outside the UFC as the Strikeforce welterweight champion.
"He's had breaks before," Gracie said. "I think it was good for him. He focused on his triathlons. I think he does get antsy after a while. After about six months, the guy wants to fight. I think he's been fighting too many times, and I don't think he's got that in him right now. So I think an extended layoff would be a great idea for him."
Although off for now, a highly anticipated fight between Diaz and St-Pierre could happen in the future, the manager hoped. St-Pierre on Monday said he'd still like to fight Diaz, who brazenly called him out following a win over B.J. Penn at UFC 137.
"What people forget is Nick is only 28 years old," Gracie said. "He's a young guy at the peak of his career. He's a polarizing figure. But whether you love the guy or hate him, you want to see the guy fight. That's the biggest thing. He's definitely not boring. He puts people in the seats, and that's the bottom line.
"So a guy like that, he's going to be around, and I think the GSP fight will eventually happen someday."
Meanwhile, Gracie is moving on from his feelings while he waits to hear from Diaz.
"You can't change a decision," he said. "It's not going to happen, so why cry about it?"