Nick Diaz Serious About Boxing, Next Fight May Hinge on Paul Daley

February 8, 2011
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Nick Diaz and Evangelista Cyborg slugging it out

Nick Diaz and Evangelista Cyborg slugging it out

Nick Diaz will be making some big career decisions over the next week or two.

The reigning Strikeforce welterweight champion is coming off of a win over Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos to close out the month of January, and is already hyped up for a new challenge.

The king of Stockton, Calif., has never been one to back down from challenging himself with a new project. It appears that he’s now ready to move on from doing triathlons to the world of professional boxing.

Diaz has sharpened his hands a great deal over the last few years, and according to his coach and manager Cesar Gracie, they will be making some decisions very soon whether the welterweight champion’s next fight will be MMA or boxing.

“We’re kind of as curious as you guys are to see what the next step is and where things lead. I’m in talks with the boxing people now. I’m in talks with Scott Coker. I’m meeting with them to go over what the possible next step is with Nick and Strikeforce. I’m a fan of the sport too, so I’m kind of excited to see where it’s going to go,” Gracie told MMAWeekly Radio.

The decision may very well fall all in the lap of Strikeforce welterweight challenger Paul Daley. He’s fighting in his home country of England later this month as the headliner of a BAMMA show. If he’s successful, Strikeforce has already promised him the next shot at Diaz.

If he stumbles and falls or somehow has to deal with a long term injury, Diaz will likely opt for boxing as his next challenge instead of MMA. The Gracie trained fighter loves to train the sport, and believes he can ascend to a new level for a crossover athlete.

“People don’t know this, but he had one pro boxing match already and it was a few years back and he won that fight. So technically, Nick he is already a pro boxer. Now is he a pro boxer on the level of these really great pro boxers? Maybe he’s not at that level right now, but I think with the proper training he can get pretty far up there,” Gracie said.

They are happy however to accept a fight against Daley if the deal can come together over the next few months. But Diaz has never been a fighter that likes to sit out for very long, and he’s already itching to get back in the cage for a bout.

“Both of those things and it really depends on the promoters at that point,” Gracie said about Diaz’s desire to do boxing and MMA. “Obviously, we have a relationship with Strikeforce and if they want to make that fight happen in the next few months or so, that would be fine and he’d end up fighting Paul Daley. Daley’s got a fight coming up, he’ll probably get past it, if he doesn’t that might ruin the fight. But if he does win this next fight I think it would be an intriguing match-up.

“You’re going to see a slugfest at that point. Nick’s one of those guys, maybe it’s not the smartest thing in the world, but I think it’s endearing to the fans where he’ll go out and fight a guy at what that guy’s best at, he doesn’t care.”

Fans will need to keep a very close eye on the BAMMA fight involving Paul Daley because that very well may determine whether they see Nick Diaz defend his belt next, or take a few swings in the boxing ring instead.

  • XIRandomHeroIX

    Boxing is perfect for this cunt, he can pad his record as much as he wants and still feel like he is awesome

    • mirko crocop

      HAAAHHAA!! That’s hilarious. It’s true though, if you think about it. Nick beat K.J. and just barely imo. K.J. was delivering a ton of punishment in that fight. But K.J. was fighting out of his weight class. Nick beating a guy that fights in a lower weight class, is that a big deal? Nick beat Mach. I have mad respect for Mach. But again, is that a big deal that Nick beat Mach? Marius, Scott Smith, Thomas Denny, Frank…all great fighters and so much fun to watch when they fight. But again, Nick beating these guys is for me another so what? And it goes on and on down the list of Nick’s more recent opponents. He hasn’t fought anyone like GSP, Jake, Thiago, Hughes, Fitch, Kos and so many more of the top ranked WW guys. Fighting Paul will be a crazy fun fight to watch. But if it’s the same old story of a lack of ground game for Paul it brings up the old so what question again. Nick is a well rounded fighter. He needs to fight a top ranked well rounded fighter to provide a better understanding of where he should be ranked.
      Did you see Nick at the end of the Cyborg fight? He went over to what appeared to be guys in the crowd that were flipping him off and yelling at him. It seemed like he was on the verge of scaling the cage and going into the crowd to fight them. This kind of behavior is just not going to cut it. He is a world champion. I realize he is still just a young kid and all but someone needs to talk to him and have him enter some sort of therapy or something. I don’t want to see Strikeforce suffer another fiasco that further embarrasses the company. But it also brings up the question of where in the hell was security when those

  • mirko crocop

    people were yelling at Nick and flipping him off? It seems like Strikeforce is unable to provide the necessary security at their events.

  • XIRandomHeroIX

    Nick not being able to keep his cool and behave is exactly why Dana wont take him into the UFC so he can run his mouth all he wants about the big names in the ufc knowing full well he never gets the chance to fight any of them until they are washed up, fired and picked up by Strikeforce