Will Nick Diaz Have to Battle Outside the Cage Before His Next Fight?

April 19, 2011
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Cesar Gracie and Nick Diaz

Cesar Gracie and Nick Diaz

Nick Diaz may be plotting his course for a professional boxing match later this year, but Strikeforce officials are also hoping to have him back in the cage in the next three to four months.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, while he wouldn’t discuss particulars about Diaz’s contract or what in particular it said about allowing him to box, did say the two parties have yet to sit down and discuss boxing or MMA.

From the previous statement from both Diaz and his manager, Cesar Gracie, it appeared that the current Strikeforce welterweight champion had already negotiated a boxing match for later this year.

The exact wording of Diaz’s contract in regards to his boxing career coinciding with his MMA career hasn’t been revealed, but Strikeforce hopes to have a meeting with their champion and his management about it sometime soon.

“Here’s the one thing I don’t want to get into, I don’t want to get into Nick’s contract status with us. I know he does want to box, we’ll go back and look at the contract and take it from there. But I don’t want to go into whether he can or cannot. At some point, Cesar and our group will sit down and have a conversation because obviously there’s a lot to talk about,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio.

The details of his contract were off the table, but asked if Diaz’s boxing career was full steam ahead as of today, Strikeforce’s head man simply answered, ‘No, not at all.”

Gracie, however, stands by his statement that the contracts are clear and his fighter will be boxing, hopefully sometime in September or October.

“According to his contract: ‘Strikeforce agrees to cooperate with fighter (Nick Diaz) in exploring his interest in pursuing a career in boxing during the term of his agreement,'” Gracie told MMAWeekly.com on Monday via text message.

“Nick is boxing.”

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker

One piece of the puzzle that hasn’t been explored at this point would be Strikeforce’s possible first right of refusal, if that is indeed part of Diaz’s contract.

Much like Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, who has fought in K-1 several times while under contract with the MMA promtion, it is Strikeforce who has to sign off on any fights or kickboxing matches he takes. They have the right to deny any such fights if they so choose.

It’s still unknown at this time if similar wording is in Diaz’s contract, but Coker believes that they will sit down with Diaz and Gracie soon enough to iron out the details.

As for his MMA career, Diaz appears ready to put that on hold while he’s pursuing his boxing dream, but Strikeforce is still hopeful he’ll come around to defending his welterweight title again. Coker, in particular, is hoping that Diaz will be back in the cage rather soon.

“I hope we’ll have him back in the cage here in the next three or four months.”

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  • sgilliss

    I’m not sure if Diaz is simply interested in testing his boxing skills, fulfilling a dream or simply trying to make more money. The reason matters. If he is fairly compensated with his current employer, then I believe an emploer has a right to contractually protect their investment. If not fairly paid, then no such restrictions should exist. Thus the question: Is Diaz fairly paid? The general consensus among fighters and perhaps even fans is “No”. Comparatively speaking, Mike Tyson earned 10s of millions for a single fight. Granted he was considered an elite draw, but certainly a Silva v GSP showdown should pay the fighters just as handsomely. But don’t count on it. Zuffa, White & Co are raking in the dough and like most capitalists, they don’t want to share it – at least not equitably. This won’t change until more fighters join Diax, Frank Shamrock and the vocal minority in ensuring they get what they deserve – a larger slice of pie.

    • Kuch

      Before you get wrapped up with the argument of how much fighter’s make/don’t make, I’d suggest you do a little research first so you don’t sound as foolish as Nick Diaz, who by his own admission says he “Gets paid too much but not enough.”

      First off, don’t compare MMA to boxing or any current fighter to someone like Mike Tyson. It’s illogical and pretty naïve. Boxing has a tremendous history whereas MMA isn’t even 20 years old. Mike Tyson was world renown, and while guys like GSP, Nick Diaz, and heck, even Chuck Liddell are extremely popular, none of them have (or probably ever will have) the notoriety of Mike Tyson.

      Secondly, in boxing, 1% of the boxers make 99% of the money. Do a little research and ask some guys intimately involved in boxing and they will tell you guys like Tyson and Mayweather are the exceptions rather than the rule. For every Mayweather, there are 100s of other boxers who make less than $500 per fight.

      Third, talk to some fighters who are a little less delusional than Nick Diaz and ask them how much they make and whether or not they think its fair compensation. Here’s a simple example that you can look up today: Sean McCorkle mentioned he was paid 100% of his contracted purse money by the UFC, and approximately 50% more in locker-room bonuses. Is he some anomaly? I doubt it. I’m pretty sure the majority of fighters are taken care of.

      Last – stop this crap about promotions not sharing the wealth with the fighters. I’d bet my bottom dollar you have no clue what the UFC’s bottom line is and I’d further bet you are clueless about how much someone like Dana White makes in a year versus the number of hours he’s conducting UFC/MMA business.

      • Frye557

        Great points. I completely agree with you. A lot of fans over step their boundaries in discussions of fighter’s pay.

  • sgilliss


    I was hoping (out of pure laziness) to avoid ‘hard’ research and thus softened my position with terms and phrases like “perhaps”, “I believe”, “general consensus”, “if” and “granted”.

    Perhaps you saw them?

    Anyway, as for the suggestion that many fighters are content with their pay, maybe they are. Migrant workers are also happy with their pay as are (ironically) the corporations that hire them. Clues as to why?

    As it pertains to UFCers rather than migrant workers, I’m quite certain a contently compensated fighter earning $20,000 to get punched in the face would be ten times content if he earned $200,000 for the same licking. Mind you I haven’t done the painstaking research, as you suggested, so we’ll have to settle on calling it a far-fetched hypothesis.

    As for Dana’s hard work, it’s estimated that his salary is $5m and his 10% invest in the UFC is worth about $100m. With 61,320 hours in a year, his earns a paltry $1712 per hour assuming, of course, that he promotes the MMA even whilst sleeping. Seems more than fair to me.

    Cursory (lazy) research suggests that no commissioner (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) makes more than 10x the average salary of its players. Can Dana claim his fighters average $500,000?

    As for ‘Big Brother’, MMApayout estimates UFC/Strikeforce to rake in $230M from PPV and gates alone in 2011. With GSP being being the most popular athlete in Canada, surely Rush is entitled to more pie. The Great One snagged $6m in way back in 1999. With St. Pierre v Shields expected to bring in $10m in gates alone, is it outrageous then for the UFC to fork over $6M for Rush’s services?

    I think not.

    Don’t get me wrong. I love the UFC, I’m a Dana fan and I believe in capitalism. I just feel that a larger slice of the pie should go to the fighters — even if it’s in the form of long-term healthcare, insurance, larger purses for less-known fighters, etc. And I have a hunch more fighters would agree with me than you.

    But then again, what do i know. I’ve clearly overstepped some boundaries.



  • x1234x

    you are all so full of yourselves………….. its really as easy as 123 abc, mma organizations are not wealthy enough to pay tgeir top fighters as much as boxing federations becuase boxing was the number one international fighting sport in the world for like 200 years thats why mma has been around for 20 easyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, thats why there is no need for fancy commonets in perfect grammar and spelling and broken down in paragraphs and all that bull shit if you guys are so fucking smart call up the ufc and ask for a job….. faggots