Jake Shields: Nick Diaz’s drinking got “a little out of control” but “we’re seeing the old Nick coming back”

For years, Nick Diaz’ social media has been focused mainly on being in Vegas nightclubs or house parties.

Because of that, any discussion of a return for the older Diaz brother has been met with a fair bit of skepticism, whether it’s from fans or UFC President Dana White. But, while longtime friend and teammate Jake Shields says Diaz’ drinking did probably exceed the norm for a while, from what he can tell is we’re ready to see the MMA star come back with a renewed passion.

“Last time I talked to (Nick), he was back in the gym and seemed to really want to fight again,” Shields said, speaking to Sirius XM (H/T MiddleEasy). “I think the only big sticking point with him is money, because he knows he’s a big star and wants to get paid. He doesn’t want to get ripped off. We all know people are going to tune in for a Nick Diaz pay-per-view. Dana can act like that’s not true but everyone knows people want to watch him fight.

“I think maybe there was one point where he got a little out of control,” Shields continued. “But we knew that he would be back in. People gotta realize, I’ve been partying since I was 14. So for me it’s like, I’d have a fight, party, it was normal. But Nick never drank, never did anything other than smoke pot obviously. He was completely dedicated to just train, train, train. So I think while he did go that way for a little bit, got a little out of control, he’s reigning it back in. I think he’s got that part of his life over, he’s not out in Vegas all the time anymore, he’s back training. I think we’re seeing the old Nick coming back.”