Nick Diaz made headlines in May after his arrest for domestic assault in Las Vegas, but the Stockton native insists he’s been framed.
In fact, the elder Diaz brother is so confident that the case will be tossed out that he’s already planning on fighting next year.
TMZ caught up with Diaz this week and the former Strikeforce welterweight champion didn’t seem too concerned with the domestic assault charges hanging over his head: “I was framed,” Diaz declared. “I’m fighting next year, bro.”
The details of Diaz’s case are disturbing if true; the victim, an alleged girlfriend or ex-girlfriend, reportedly suffered a broken hip before being dragged by her hair and choked, according to police reports.
However, those same police reports indicate that the victim’s story changed several times as she spoke with officers on scene and then again at the hospital. Shortly after the news broke of Diaz’s arrest, his close friend Matt Staudt came to his defense on social media, claiming the victim was “deranged” and “insane” and had been stalking the UFC star for over two years.
Diaz seemed enthusiastic when discussing his UFC return, and is even considering a rematch with Georges St. Pierre, whom he lost to back at UFC 158.
“(GSP) already says he’s going to fight (again). And I’ll win if he doesn’t cheat and doesn’t miss weight like last time.”
The 34-year-old Stockton native hasn’t fought since his no contest against Anderson Silva at UFC 183, when both men tested positive for banned substances.