Strikeforce on Tuesday announced a new contract with one of its top stars, Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz.
A month out from his next title defense, against Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos on Jan. 29 in San Jose, Calif., it sounds as if Diaz will make Strikeforce his home for some time to come. Details of his new contract were not released, other than it was a multi-year agreement.
“I’m looking forward to continuing my career with Strikeforce,” said the dynamic 27-year-old Diaz, a protégé of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master Cesar Gracie and resident of Stockton, Calif. “When I first got here, there weren’t a lot of great 170-pound fighters for me to fight, but that’s definitely changed. There’s a lot of really good fighters in the division now and I’m ready to fight anyone who thinks they can beat me.”
Diaz is currently in the midst of an eight-fight winning streak, a run that includes wins over K.J. Noons, Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, Marius Zaromskis, Frank Shamrock, Scott Smith, and others. His last loss was to Noons more than three years ago.