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Eight Fights, No Boxing: More Details on Nick Diaz’s New Zuffa Contract

(Post-fight press conferences are about to get even more uncomfortable for Ariel Helwani. Photo courtesy of CombatLifestyle)

Following up yesterday’s bombshell about Nick Diaz‘s October 29th return to the UFC against Georges St. Pierre, USA Today and MMAFighting checked in with Diaz’s manager Cesar Gracie and picked up a couple more details. Here are the brass tacks…

- Diaz has signed a new eight-fight deal with Zuffa, which allows him to fight for both the UFC and Strikeforce. But the plan for Diaz isn’t necessarily to jump back and forth between promotions. Asked if the new deal marked the end of Diaz’s run in Strikeforce, Gracie replied, “Hopefully. If he’s back in Strikeforce, I would imagine that’s because he lost his next fight.”

- Diaz won’t be able to pursue a boxing career while under contract. “He obviously had to be compensated for not boxing and taking this fight instead,” Gracie said. (Points on the pay-per-view, perhaps?)

- There’s still no word on what, if anything, will happen with Diaz’s Strikeforce welterweight title in the aftermath of the GSP fight.

So, will Diaz be able to “play the game” enough to last eight fights under the stricter watch of Dana White and the UFC? Or will it be hospital fights and in-cage riots until he’s eventually booted? Personally, I wouldn’t expect Diaz to suddenly cheer up just because he’s been given everything he’s wanted. Can’t wait to see the next installment of this storyline…

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dillweed- June 2, 2011 at 11:14 pm
diaz by being a bad ass mf'r in the 4th
smiledriver- June 2, 2011 at 9:55 pm
Man I'm torn...I mean I'm Canadian as fuck, but I also fancy myself 209 f'life. Stockton son, WHAT? I'm a little afraid homey.
Teehee McPeepee- June 2, 2011 at 5:57 pm
Diaz wins by shattered fucking dreams in the 4th.
KarmaAteMyCat- June 2, 2011 at 4:42 pm
Oh my have the haters come out from their hobbles to toss around their opinions! WAAAAAAAR DIAZ!
mt59801- June 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm
Movin on the east side, to a deeeelux apartment in the sky y y!
halfbreed23- June 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm
Fresh off his latest molestation, Rampage asks the older of the Diaz brother's to smell his fingers.
PERPATRAITOR- June 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm
The fight will go first 2 rounds GSP. Last 3 Diaz and I'm feeling a doctor stoppage maybe. GSP will be backing away most of the fight I promise. GSP cannot take punishment to the face. He bleeds and swells up like a little bitch. His cardio isn't as good as Nicks either. Nick is a slow starter but stays at a constant good pace for the whole fight. GSP could win a 3 round fight, but not a 5. GSP's best chance is to leg kick a ton. WAR DIAZ.
sniffin_arriyanis_asshole- June 2, 2011 at 1:56 pm
chick looks like a dude
Chiggs- June 2, 2011 at 11:52 am
Is that Firas Zhabi(sP) in the back smellin someones stinky fingers???? And why the hell does Nick's fist look so freakin huge compared to Rampages???
1962f85- June 2, 2011 at 11:39 am
As much as I like Diaz, I most certainly do not see him winning this fight.
You know GSP is going to try to throw some Cyborg leg kicks and tons of jabs along w/ some takedown dry hump action.
Bunk- June 2, 2011 at 11:07 am
Rock beats scissors!
El Guapo- June 2, 2011 at 10:49 am
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El Guapo- June 2, 2011 at 10:49 am
Based on the fact that GSP didn't attempt to take Kos or Shieldzzz down once, I'm not automatically going to assume he's going tp try and GnP Nick. So if he does believe his standup is up to par and tareds with Diaz, shit's gonna get real with a quickness. I can't even begin to understand the hate for this scrap..
Tim Sylvia 1 P4P EVA- June 2, 2011 at 10:46 am
is intercepter 440 a motorbike??? Now thats a question.
rampage01- June 2, 2011 at 10:33 am
that boxing Bullshit worked, congrats cesar gracie and diaz.
intercept440- June 2, 2011 at 10:30 am
diaz in know way has a chance to beat gsp
xveg- June 2, 2011 at 10:25 am
list of welterweights who'd beat Diaz and haven't fought GSP: nate marquardt, rumble johnson, jake ellenberger, rick story, carlos condit, martin kampmann, diego sanchez, dong hyun kim, mike pyle. nick is an exciting fighter but as john fitch said this is bullshit.
Vanillagorilla69- June 2, 2011 at 10:07 am
LOL, isnt the dress on that ho obvious?
Me likey- June 2, 2011 at 9:18 am
he may be no mans bitch but he is a bitch to speach impediments. those god damn vowelthth. itth hard to talk to media when most of the questions are about thhtrikeforce and the ufthhh
Morningwood- June 2, 2011 at 9:08 am
with the new contract Diaz will be able to afford weed from the 651 area code!
k-onda- June 2, 2011 at 8:14 am
Oh, and "play the game" is Dana's way of saying "be my bitch," but Diaz ain't no man's bitch - on the other hand, Dana is money's bitch, and he knows this fight could possibly out-do the Shieldzzzz vs GSP take.
We'll know Diaz is getting paid enough when we see him smile (not high) and you know that ain't happening.
And I was just thinking, the only person with anything to lose in this fight is GSP - because the only way for him to win this fight is by long drawn out hump death hugging war. And he's losing fans by the bucketful doing that shit. He's seriously this close to officially being one of the most boring fighters out there.
RwilsonR- June 2, 2011 at 8:12 am
I can't really see Diaz having a chance to beat GSP, but if he were somehow able to pull it off, I really can't imagine him beating GSP twice in the immmediate rematch. And if GSP hasn't earned an immediate rematch to whoever he eventually loses to, I don't know who has.
Either way, I think this means the death of Strikeforce. Other than Overeem, Diaz was the most marketable fighter Strikeforce has, by far. If he wins, he is not going back. If he loses, he goes back as a paper champion, with the most interesting fights for him still in the UFC against their stack of WW contenders.
Bob Villa- June 2, 2011 at 8:08 am
Boring.... Give us more Mike Whitehead articles.
BONGTAR- June 2, 2011 at 8:06 am
This is a great fight. Who else should GSP fight?
Gladheateher- June 2, 2011 at 8:03 am
Diaz is a punk. Cant wait for his loss to GSP come October and I really cant wait for his subsequent losses to top UFC contenders.
Mother fucker this shit aint StrikeForce. Hes gonna need all the 209 eye pokes he can get, Diaz has been beat by some of the shittiest UFC fighters.