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According to Trainer and Manager Cesar Gracie, Nick Diaz’s Next Fight Will be a Boxing Match with Fernando Vargas in September

(Video courtesy of YouTube/HDNetFights)

In an interview he did this week with Kenny Rice from HDNet’s Inside MMA, Nick Diaz‘s longtime trainer and manager Cesar Gracie says that the next time the scrappy Stockton California fighter competes, it will be in a boxing ring against Fernando Vargas.

“I’d love Vargas to get in there with him. Fernando Vargas. I know they’ve contacted him and he’s very interested. We’ve actually signed on the dotted line for that fight ourselves and we’re waiting on him now,” Diaz revealed in the clip from the interview that aird Friday. “It’s on already. We’ve already signed for it. We’re looking at September or October for something like that. We’re just waiting on their camp now.”

If we’ve learned anything from other MMA fighters who have attempted to go toe-to-toe with professional boxers, it’s that although it seemed like a good idea at the time, it usually isn’t.

Sure Vargas hasn’t won since 2005 and he is about to make his return from a hiatus from the ring on May 14 in California, but a quick glance at his record shows that the former IBF and WBA light middleweight champ was only ever beaten by future Boxing Hall-of-Famers like Oscar De La Hoya, Ricardo Mayorga, Felix Trinidad and Shane Mosley.

In an interview he did with Ariel Helwani prior to his successful Strikeforce welterweight title defense against Paul Daley last weekend, Diaz seemed unsure as to if and when he would compete in the The Sweet Science, but mentioned that he was overworked and underpaid. Upon hearing this, Strikforce CEO Scott Coker told Helwani that Diaz, who received a 90-day medical suspension for the cut he received over his left eyebrow in the fight would be put on ice for a while as per his request.

Diaz told HDNet that there’s no one left for him to face under the Strikeforce banner and that he doesn’t see any of the UFC’s top welterweights to step up to face him because of the risk to their records and rankings he poses.

“They don’t have anybody else for me to fight now. I’m better than all these guys they have. The guys they have ranked above me, I’m sure they don’t want to fight me, so I don’t see much of a future in this sport for me. I honestly don’t especially if there isn’t a whole shitload of money going on,” Diaz explained. “I’m signed into some contract that I don’t know a thing about. I don’t know anything about that shit. I got a manager. All I know is that my life’s a living hell, full of training, grueling exercise every day, catering to everybody else and not worrying about my self sort of thing, you know?”

It could be worse, Nick. Ask any roofer, construction worker or road crew how hard their jobs are and training a few hours a day and fighting three or four times a year may not seem so bad.

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HoustonFightFan- April 21, 2011 at 10:13 am
This is crazy talk – Nick Diaz almost lost that fight to Paul Daley. He was dazed and floored twice, before he recovered to win. Are any of the top 10 UFC welterweights going to let you recover? Daley was gassed and failed to take advantage – ultimately he gassed so bad that he was ripe for the picking.

Put Diaz up against Koscheck or Fitch and you’ll see a very different outcome. These guys are pros, strong wrestlers and good alround fighters – I can’t stand either of them by the way but I don’t see Diaz getting past either of them.
ClubberLame- April 15, 2011 at 6:48 pm
Good job, guys. It's like you've invoked the wrath of the spam. You've angered the spam Gods. And this could all be posturing to try to get Diaz into a better negotiating position in the future, in regards to MMA. If he can convince Zuffa he is being lured away for bigger pay days elsewhere, maybe there is chance in him being locked into something more lucrative. I think he deserves to be paid well. He is an entertaining and talented fighter and he has gold-plated balls. He's a character too, albeit some say not really the best ambassador for the public image of professional MMA fighters. But, in many ways he has everything going for him that a big-time promotion would want in a professional fighter.
MonkeyEarMuffs- April 15, 2011 at 10:03 am
Nick is one ballsy fellow if he really thinks he can hang in Boxing with Vargas. I love Boxing and MMA, but I know good boxing when I see it. Nick "boxes" like shit. He is good in MMA, but less than amateur level in boxing. He really hasn't the slightest clue of the ungodly ass kicking Vargas will give him. Boxers have to learn MMA to compete in MMA. MMA guys have to learn Boxing to compete in Boxing.

Really, If this is what is needed to finally create the distinction between both sports, fine, but for god's sakes, pick a boxer that won't literally break multiple parts of your face.

This will be a one sided freaking murder. No boxing commission should touch this. Let him move up like an actual boxer.

Frankly there is not a single top level fighter in Junior Middle/Super Welter/Light Middle that he could hang with. Even Saul Alvarez would place him gently into a bodybag.

I like Nick Diaz, but holy crap he is about as smart as a rock.
DangadaDang- April 15, 2011 at 9:06 am
I don't know, if Paul Daley couldn't KO Nick with lil 4 ouncers I dont see Vargas
Tuggernuts- April 15, 2011 at 7:39 am
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Crap Factory- April 15, 2011 at 6:34 am
Diaz is a cunt. Bitches more than my wife.

And the spam does suck.
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LOKI- April 15, 2011 at 5:26 am
You can tell by Cesar's body language that he was straight up fabricating shit on the spot.
I would love for it to be true, and have Nick out-volume punch Vargas to a UD or TKO due to exhaustion. As long as Nick dosent drop his hands and talk shit like he does in MMA, I honestly believe his chin, technique and superior conditioning is enough for him to be a succesful boxer.
dranokills- April 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm
The only reason Diaz wants to box is he thinks he will make millions for fighting a boxer.
I hope he gets his ass beat, and I hope he retires from MMA, I am tired of his stupid burn out mouth.
d.harn- April 14, 2011 at 10:09 pm
AndyInflammatory- April 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm
bring him back to the UFC and let him fight Koscheck, Fitch, Penn whoever - there's some great fights to be made
skeletor- April 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm
@SnallTrippin-they only work less because of the slow housing market.
@orlandomac-It is pretty much like a minor league baseball player bitching about not getting paid as much as Albert Pujols, but I'd still love to see him get a shot in the big leagues again.
All that being said Diaz is one of if not my favorite fighter. He will get beat by Vargas in a boxing match. The possibility of him getting beaten very bad are pretty high. I will watch this boxing match but I really don't want to see Nick get schooled as bad as he probably will.
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orlandomac- April 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm
I can't wait for Diaz to go to boxing and get schooled.. hey no boxer will ever beat an MMA guy but in a boxing match.. those dudes are the best.. and are far superior to MMA boxers.

He keeps talking about no money and crap.. you are fighting losers.. and now that you could possibly get a fight against the elite in the WW category he runs scared to fight some average boxer.


Diaz you are great at crushing cans... same as Shields.. but lets face facts.. Shields will be carried out on a stretcher in Toronto.. as GSP will negate his ground game.. and be forced to stand and pound him on the feet then GnP him to a finish TKO.

I would've fancied a GSP v Diaz showdown in the fall but now the chicken sh*t has escaped the coup again.

Nick the D won't fight anyone decent.. it is all about the money and a winning streak since he lost so many in a row in the UFC. Hey Paul Daley tagged him and he was a one dimensional bum the UFC brought in to scare betters with, what is he going to do for an encore fight an amputee with a left cross.

All Nick wants is pay days for fighting weak folk ala Fedor of late... let him go to boxing I won't miss him.. even though I respect him as a fighter and think he is top 10.. I think he would make a better LW than WW.. but he is too weeded out to do that properly.
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BigShig- April 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm
Diaz v. Helwani
Kimbos Bread- April 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm
Somebody tell Nick Diaz that he can't pull guard in a boxing match.
SnallTrippin- April 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm
Yeah I'm guessing a pro-fighter works a lot more than most 'roofers' and construction workers...heh- sure they do get paid less though.
BigShig- April 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm
I love this guy. He is right, give him some competition. Let's unify these belts.
imabigfan- April 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm
yeah, definitely don't know anything about my contract. yeah.
course, course, you know I'm an excellent boxer
yeah, has to be from Kmart. gonna box at a Kmart.

i'm telling you this guy is the rainman of mma. complete moron and total badass.
and then the toothpicks hit the floor and diaz immediately identifies everyone's strength and destroys everyone in the room. on his way to vegas.
Dante- April 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm
Pen Fifteen- April 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm
The world according to Nick Diaz: even though I've done nothing but crush cans since leaving the UFC, I'm better than George St. Pierre, who has beaten 8 consecutive top-10 ranked opponents. I'd pay to see him fight GSP, mainly in hopes that it would stop all this dumb shit about Diaz being some kind of weed-fueled superhero cagefighter.
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