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Business as Usual Update: Dana to Meet with Diaz, Fertitta Working on Fedor vs. Henderson

(“What, that bright light? It shines down on us from heaven. Come see how it feels, Scott. Nice, right?”)

Despite everybody’s continued claims that things have never been better inside Strikeforce, we know the UFC has already taken over the company’s relations with the media and begun poaching its biggest stars. Now, it seems UFC executives are also neck deep in Strikeforce’s business, reportedly working (at least for the time being) to make sure the smaller fight promotion’s top remaining draws are happy. That’s the word out of Toronto on Thursday, where multiple reports say Dana White will meet with Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz after UFC 129 and that co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta is already seeing to the task of making the proposed superfight between Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson become a reality.

First and foremost, White seems understandably concerned with Diaz’s apparent designs on bolting MMA for boxing. As quickly as plans to have the Stockton bad boy fight Fernando Vargas fell apart a couple weeks back, new reports surfaced saying former super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy might be interested. Perhaps most interestingly, White said this week Diaz’s contract actually does allow for such foolishness – which is another good example of why UFC people need to be up in SF’s business – but he’s obviously not crazy about the idea.

“I’m going to sit down with him and we’ll figure out what he wants to do,” White said, via MMA Fighting. “Listen, for the last 10 years, I’ve dealt with the craziest, the coolest, the baddest, the this, the that. I’ve always tried to make everybody happy. You can’t make them all happy, but you can try. I’ll sit down with Nick Diaz literally after this fight and try to figure out what’s next for him.”

So it sounds like Dana is willing to give Diaz whatever he desires – we can imagine Diaz’s demands including shiny stuff, some string and as many leaves and twigs as it takes to build a nest – until the notoriously cantankerous fighter is pleased. One thing, though: What if Diaz says all he really wants is a UFC contract and a fight with Georges St. Pierre? Then what?

Meanwhile, Fertitta has allegedly been busying himself trying to greenlight that Fedor vs. Hendo fight we heard about, then didn’t hear about a couple weeks ago. At issue may be finding a weight for the fight. Henderson is on record saying he doesn’t want to fight Emelianenko at a catchweight, but would be more than happy to come up to heavyweight. For some reason – as they always do – M-1 Global has found a way to be difficult, contending Fedor wants to fight at 220-pounds.

Also holding things up could be the issue of co-promotion. Though it was rumored Strikeforce might try to get this fight on PPV, Junkie reports they may still be targeting July. In the past, M-1 has co-promoted events on Showtime where Emelianenko has appeared, but it remains to be seen if that deal will still stand now that Zuffa is in the mix.

“Lorenzo’s working on it,” White said, via MMA Junkie. “Me getting anywhere near that thing? You’ll never see that fight … I’ve been out of it. Me involved in that situation would only make matters worse. The great thing about this company and the way we do things – there’s a lot of people I butt heads with (Ed. Note: No shit). Lorenzo can handle it, and then I can handle (other) stuff …

“We don’t have to be friends for you to fight in the UFC, and we don’t have to get along,” White said. “It’s business.”

Nope, you only have to be friends with them to cover the shows.

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ianisthewalrus- April 28, 2011 at 11:35 pm
i dont think diaz particularly wants to fight gsp at all. he just wants to make a million bucks every time he fights, and if that means fighting gsp, then fuck canada homie.
dranokills- April 28, 2011 at 11:14 pm
PurpleDickMeat Says:

Thu, 04/28/11 - 02:00

Quick drano, get a cock out of that bag of dicks you know about to plug the bleeding!!! Or maybe Perpatraitor can put his elongated clitoris in him! Either way it would probably be good for the both of you to get a little more familiar with a vagina. WAR PURPLEDICKMEAT…. wow what a faggy saying.
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so sayeth the faggot who named himself after a cock.
you might want to look elsewhere to even begin to think you can be cool as the likes of me or hell even HAL for that matter, you are a loser, and nobody takes a thing you say serious, have you noticed that yet?
Mongrel- April 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm
I'd rather see GSP vs Diaz than Shields.
As for Fedor, I idolized him at some point but if he's not clever enough to see that M-1 is a crock of shit, and that unless he packs on 35 pounds of raw muscle and shreds is not going to be a force at HW - he's irrelevant. Just cut 15pounds and drop to 205 you dumbass, sigh, would it hurt your big Russian pride that much to not be a 'HW' ?
JoLo1- April 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm
They didn't poach Mayhem Miller, Showtime and CBS have banned him from fighting on their networks so it didn't really make sense for him to stay in Strikeforce.

I like your site, but your actual reporting is suspect sometimes.
joeymarvelous- April 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm
F*cking fedor and m-1 global, I hope fertita tells him to drop to 205 or get f*cked
PurpleDickMeat- April 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Quick drano, get a cock out of that bag of dicks you know about to plug the bleeding!!! Or maybe Perpatraitor can put his elongated clitoris in him! Either way it would probably be good for the both of you to get a little more familiar with a vagina. WAR PURPLEDICKMEAT.... wow what a faggy saying.
Spicymeatball- April 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm
Hendo walks around at like 210 max, M-1 are just a bunch of shitty assholes that want to make everything difficult.
dranokills- April 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm
Hey Ben does your pussy hurt?
Cause goddamn your bleeding badly.
LOKI- April 28, 2011 at 12:28 pm
And if Jake wins, Diaz will move to 185 and demand to fight Anderson.
I dont get the logic with M-1 wanting to do Fedor/Hendo at 220; it seems completely arbitrary. Do they think it will be good for Fedor to test a partial weight-cut to 205? And so what if Hendo comes in at 217 does that invalidate the fight? I would imagine Dan walks around less than 220 so why have a 'catch-weight'at all, why not a come as you are weight like in the good old days?
MonsterMaulingAss- April 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm
What if Diaz says all he really wants is a UFC contract and a fight with Georges St. Pierre? Then what?*********************************************************************************************************************************
Then make that shit happen, thats what
ExpectJesusBro- April 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm
DIAZ: HATE THE HUMAN, LOVE THE FIGHTER.
El Guapo- April 28, 2011 at 10:36 am
I just wanna see GSP's face the first time Diaz tries to mad dog him. I bet he just giggles like a Japanese schoolgirl. He won't be smiling at the weigh in or pre-fight, but that first time..."Tee-hee-hee!"
sp00ki kabuki- April 28, 2011 at 10:27 am
Bottom line is love him or hate him you are going to watch a nick diaz fight and be entertained. Thats y dana is gonna thro money at him. If he draws this much attetion in sf, he will be a superstar with the ufc hype machine behind him
PERPATRAITOR- April 28, 2011 at 10:25 am
Diaz sells homey. He forces fights to happen and become exciting. He awesome for the sport and you haters know it. WAR DIAZ!!!!
djp1988- April 28, 2011 at 9:55 am
209, more like BITCH 0 9! Nick Diaz will now fight anybody.
Fedor Penn- April 28, 2011 at 9:54 am
They need to bring in The REEM!!!
Uppercut Magnet- April 28, 2011 at 9:33 am
We should be bombing Lorenzo's twitter/e-mail with the Free Cagepotato stuff.
dim mak- April 28, 2011 at 9:23 am
it seemed like diaz was disappointed by the UFC's purchase of strikeforce, and thought it cheapened his belt. but it also seems like he mostly cares about money, so it shouldn't be that hard for dana to make him happy.

WAR DIAZ!!!
noname- April 28, 2011 at 9:21 am
“We don’t have to be friends for you to fight in the UFC, and we don’t have to get along,” White said. “It’s business.”

Did Dana just refer to Strikeforce as the UFC? Or did Cagepotato throw in a random quote about UFC at the end of the article.
Titos Head- April 28, 2011 at 9:16 am
Easy to get Diaz to do anything...hes motivated by $$ DW will just keep throwing money at him till he does what he wants.
ArmFarmer- April 28, 2011 at 9:03 am
@snitches

Don't think he was talking about gsp..
Turd Furgeson- April 28, 2011 at 9:02 am
"What if Diaz says all he really wants is a UFC contract and a fight with Georges St. Pierre? Then what?"

Let GSP lay on him for 25 minutes, then give him to John Fitch, so he can lay on him for 15 minutes, and finally feed him to Thiago Alves so he can KTFO him and everybody will shut up about how awesome they think he is.
Harry Sack- April 28, 2011 at 9:00 am
GSP vs. Diaz assumes Sheilds loses - remmeber the last legendary UFC fighter to assume that? Great fight though...It will be interesting to see if Diaz suddenly becomes a warmer, friendlier version of himself once Dana money whips him into "playing the game a little bit".
Snitches_get_stitches- April 28, 2011 at 8:44 am
GSP knocking out Diaz? Get real buddy.. As much as I like GSP, I don't see him KTFO anybody with the competition he takes on. Have you not seen Diaz's last few fights? The guy has an iron chin..
frndlylion- April 28, 2011 at 8:33 am
I'm crazy about the idea of Diaz getting KTFO. Someone has to shut him up eventually.
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