'Vanished' Diaz set to return to spotlight at UFC 241

Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic

Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic

UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has responded emphatically after Jon Jones guaranteed a trilogy fight won't ever happen.

But instead of making the most of his new-found fame, Diaz has not fought since, blaming the UFC for his three-year absence from the octagon. This was a change in plans for the promotion as they had been trying to get a fight done between the two fighters.

Diaz has kept busy by competing in triathlons and opening a business selling cannabidiol (CBD) products with his older brother and fellow UFC fighter Nick, before finally finding a worthy comeback opponent in Anthony "Showtime" Pettis.

"Despite what he says to the media, I will guarantee you guys there will be no third fight", he wrote on Twitter. "(Even though I could've sworn I ended this once or twice already)".

Cormier took part in UFC 241 Media Day this week where he once again asked about Lesnar's decision to opt to remain with WWE and not fight him in the UFC.

Like Diaz, Pettis has had some epic and bloody battles in the past, and with both men keen to fight off the front foot, the crowd at the Honda Arena in Anaheim will be expecting some fireworks.

Could the former two-division champ hang it up after this rematch?

To which Jones replied by saying: "I said there will be no fight because you won't lose the weight or dare lose a third time".