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Strikeforce Champ Nick Diaz’s Next Fight Likely To Be Pro Boxing

Posted on by Ken Pishna

Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz

Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz

Fresh off a first-round win over Paul Daley, but frustrated by his future prospects in mixed martial arts, Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz is expected to turn to professional boxing for his next in-ring performance.

“(Strikeforce doesn’t) have anybody else for me to fight right now. I’m better than all these guys they have,” Diaz told HDNet’s Inside MMA recently. “I don’t see much of a future in this sport for me. I’m signed into a contract I don’t know anything about. All I know is my life is a living Hell full of training… (I) cater to everybody else.”

There are some good welterweights coming down the pike in Strikeforce, but the majority of the Top 10 170-pounders are fighting in the UFC. Those are the types of fights that Diaz wants, the George St-Pierre’s and Jon Fitch’s of the world.

In Strikeforce, Diaz’s current options are up-and-comers like Tyron Woodley and Tarec Saffiedine, or veterans like Jorge Masvidal. All are fine fighters, but not the big draw fights that Diaz is looking for. So it may come as no surprise that, with an ever-growing respect for his striking, he is now planning to test the waters in professional boxing in a big way.

In a separate interview with Inside MMA, Diaz’s manager, Cesar Gracie, said, “(Fernando Vargas) is very interested. We’ve actually signed on the dotted line for that fight, ourselves, and we’re waiting for him now.

“We’re looking at September, October for something like that. We’re just waiting for their camp.”

That was the plan at the time of the interview, but Gracie on Thursday afternoon told MMAWeekly.com, “Actually, just heard Vargas might have medical issues. So we are looking at another opponent.”

The plan is still for Diaz’s next fight to be a professional boxing bout, but their sights have shifted to the possibility of him fighting former IBF super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy.

Although UFC parent company Zuffa, LLC, recently acquired Strikeforce, UFC president Dana White has been adamant that they are in no hurry to start inbreeding the two promotions, saying Strikeforce will operate “business as usual.”

That likely means that Diaz’s prospects for a big name MMA opponent any time soon are fairly slim, so expect him to emerge in the boxing ring this Fall.

Gracie stated in the InsideMMA interview, “Nick’s next fight will be in the ring as a boxer.”

(Video courtesy of HDNet)



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  • Frye557

    If all he wants is more money and less training, the UFC is clearly not the place to go, and if he doesn’t like strikeforce, boxing is the place to be I guess. Plus even if he signed with the UFC, there’s no way they would simply throw him to either GSP or Fitch.

  • judo johnson

    Nick should BOX !!!!!!! the dude is bad ass, he needs to move on from strikeforce, but first he needs to stop his BS, grow up a little PLEASE, allways good luck to nick and all graciefighters

    • http://MMAWeekly.com Ken Pishna

      I have to admit, I’m intrigued by the prospect of Diaz boxing. I typically say it’s much different boxing a guy that specializes in just that aspect of the fight game, but for some reason I believe Diaz could give a lot of boxers trouble with his style.

      • kanienkeha009

        I agree, i would love to see Diaz in a boxing ring. He does have the skils to give some boxers trouble but i think he only looks as good as he does because of the opponents he has faced have very little boxing skills with the exception of KJ Noons. Diaz work angles well but his footwork is lacking. And with the addition of 8 or 10 oz gloves i believe he would be lacking in power. I think a real technical boxer would give him alot of trouble but a bout against a Ricardo Mayorga type of fighter would be the kind of match up i would pay to see

  • bdono554

    Guys are just afraid to take him down because of his submissions if he fought some one who understood a jab, foot work, or angles he’d have a hell of a time cough *Noons* who beat him and would have beat him at his true weight. Just put him in the UFC so Sanchez can kick his ass AGAIN and shut him up for a few years,

    • Frye557

      The funny thing is he wouldn’t even take a fight with Sanchez. I get the impression that it’s either straight to the top, or nothing at all. I think Kampmann would be the best match-up to shut him down. Knows how to fight with his reach, has a great jab and counter punching (ie,see Diego’s face) and his TDD if unreal. If Diaz ever does see the UFC again, I say that should be his first match.

      • kanienkeha009

        I think Diaz vs GSP (assuming he gets by shields) is the only match up that makes sense financially and competitively. It can be billed as champ vs champ and Diaz coming for revenge for a defeated teammate. If you put him in a bout against Kampmann you risk him losing and thus losing a potentially huge PPV against GSP. Besides GSP has no contenders left
        and would much rather see him against Diaz then repeats against Penn, Fitch or anyone else in the division.

        • Frye557

          I would like to see that fight too, but I’m just saying that there is no way the UFC would do it. I think since White considers strikeforce the farming org I doubt he would let Diaz have a crack at George right away. When you look at who both guys have fought in their last 3 fights, even though they are both champs, the match-up doesn’t seem likely.

  • Mario

    Diaz bitches waaaaay too much. The guy is a great fighter, but his mind works in mysterious ways. At times it seems like he doesn’t even have a brain up there. He makes no sense majority of the time.

    The way I see it, if he wants to go box, let him go.. Good riddance Nick!