Though Nick Diaz’s return to a cage is still up in the air, it appears the controversial welterweight will at least take to the mat this May as part of an upcoming event focused on the art of jiu-jitsu. Specifically, the 28-year old is set for a “super-fight” against an opponent who has yet to be named at the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo in Long Beach, California on May 12.

News of his participation was confirmed by a press release from the WJJE where seminars from Robert Drysdale, Roger Gracie, and Renzo Gracie were also confirmed.

This is the first of many World Jiu-Jitsu Expos in the United States,” said the latter Gracie, also the expo’s President. “Americans have embraced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to a degree rarely seen outside of Brazil, and it is a privilege for us to be involved in this first event.”

Diaz has not been in a formal grappling match in a few years though is known for his aggressive, yet smooth, style on the ground. The competitive combat will be the first for the UFC fighter since losing to Carlos Condit in February, subsequently retiring from MMA and now facing a lengthy suspension in Nevada based on testing positive for marijuana metabolites after the match-up.


MMATraining Take: It’s nice to see Diaz get back out there and compete on a semi-public level. I’m definitely intrigued by who he’ll face in his match. There are a number of high-profile BJJ guys who would be perfect, some of whom are sure to be at the expo or at least available to grapple for the right price.