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With Miller Bout Likely Out the Window, Diaz’s Camp Wants Daley Next

(Seriously, Nick, nobody wants to see this happen.)

After conceding earlier this week that a much anticipated bout between his protegee, Nick Diaz and the Stockton fighter’s nemesis, Jason "Mayhem" Miller will likely not happen, Cesar Gracie has turned his sights on another opponent for his charge to fight next.

In an interview he did this week, Gracie revealed that he is making a case for a Diaz-Paul Daley match-up and that they could be ready in a month if Strikeforce will put the fight together.

"I would take that fight right now for January," Gracie said.

As far as the fight with Miller not going down, Gracie, who points out that moving up to middleweight to fight a fighter who isn’t ranked in the top ten by any outlets would be a lose-lose situation for Diaz, says that the blame should rest squarely on the shoulders of Mayhem.

"’Mayhem’ is now saying he’ll only cut down to 183. Well, with a one-pound allowance, that’s 184," Gracie pointed out. "He weighed in at 184 for the Jake Shields fight (at ‘Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers’). So he’s saying he won’t cut anything.Of course [Nick] would jump up to middleweight] if it’s [for] a belt or [if he was] fighting someone very significant. Anderson Silva, for example. If somehow the stars aligned and Nick was offered that fight, Nick would take that fight at 185. But for him to fight at a weight class he’s never fought at before against ‘Mayhem’ Miller – no disrespect to Miller, I think he’s a great fighter – unfortunately he doesn’t hold any ranking in the MMA community. There’s no winning out of it.When people are getting paid, it’s the fight business, not just fighting. In the fight business, if you call someone out, that means you better be able to move to their weight class or at least meet in the middle. He’s refusing to meet in the middle." 

Miller, who says it’s obvious that Gracie is protecting his fighter, points out that making the weight cut to 170 just isn’t possible for him any more and that if Diaz is the gamer he claims to be, he should fight at whatever weight necessary to make the fight happen.

"Maybe Nick isn’t that bright, but Cesar Gracie seems to be very intelligent. He wants to protect his fighter. Nick is saying he’s not scared, homie. So let’s do the fight. It’s ridiculous [for them to expect me to cut down to 170]. Especially not in that timeframe. I would have to go do some homosexual triathlons to get to that weight. I’m not Lance Armstrong."

Two questions:

Did Mayhem not learn anything about the recent Joe Rogan, Tomas Rios debacle? 

Is there such a thing as a homosexual triathlon?

Anyway, Strikeforce seems to be the only party that hasn’t given up hope that the Diaz-Miller fight will happen.

The promotion’s CEO, Scott Coker says he plans on revisiting the situation, but then again he’s been saying the same thing about talking to CBS about whether or not they still have a TV deal, so I guess we have to take what he says with a grain of salt.

"I’m not sure if we’re going to be able to bridge the gap.We’re going to have more conversations, but at the end of the day, if they don’t want to make it happen for whatever reason, it’s not going to happen," Coker said. "At some point, we’re just going to move on."

Coker says that Daley is in contention to meet Diaz some time in 2011, but said he wants to make sure he can’t salvage the Miller-Diaz bout first since the foundation for the fight has already built and they wouldn’t really have to sell the bout. 

"After Paul’s performance, it puts him right in the thick of things," he said. "Daley’s name was brought up. I think that would be an amazing fight myself because styles make fights, and those two styles would be explosive. But in saying that, I would like to fully explore the ‘Mayhem’ situation before we commit to what we’re going to do."

I don’t see Diaz-Daley going any differently than Shields-Daley did, but you never know if Nick will want to prove he can hang with an elite striker like he did with KJ Noons. I just hope one of these fights happens before Nick’s contract expires and he jumps ship to the UFC.

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Flatt2u- December 12, 2010 at 12:57 pm
"Styles make fights" is so applicable to Diaz/Daley... It'll be interesting to see what Diaz does.

Daley brings an incredible combo of power & accuracy, and Diaz doesn't "wake up" until he takes a few stiff shots. Diaz really believes he can beat anyone on the feet, and usually tries to clown & taunt his opponents. It would probably be unwise to fuck around with Semtex. Then, consider Diaz's weak-ish shot against Daley's decent ability to stuff one, and I like Daley's chances in this fight.

I hope Diaz is working a double-leg as we type.
budsellers- December 8, 2010 at 7:52 pm
coker can easily make an *underhanded promoter type* deal with both of those guys by simply forcing miller to accept the bout at whichever weight class diaz requests, while simultaneously cutting miller a 20% signing bonus check on the spot.

simple and the result will be that fans get to see the fight, diaz has to stop his bitching, and ultimately, when miller misses the weight cut, he will not miss the 20% purse deduction.

honestly, diaz will kick his ass anyway so it is all moot as long as they make the damn fight.
ghostboner- December 8, 2010 at 6:14 pm
@emohater - quack quack quackkity quackkitty quack

Also, let's cut Mayhem some slack, after all he did say "homosexual" triathlon and not "fucking faggot" triathlon...
Chri534.- December 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm
"Is there such a thing as a homosexual triathlon?"

It's called
El Guapo- December 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm
Now Karma, you know darn well that haters gonna hate. No point in stating the obvious. But I will say this(beforehand even), Diaz will trade a lil sum-sum with Semtex. He just won't be stupid about it and get put to sleep like... y'know.
KarmaAteMyCat- December 8, 2010 at 3:22 pm
Diaz's Jujitsu will come into play with Daley big time.

Then we can hear all the haters cry about how Diaz couldn't hand it with a real striker. So ahead of time I wanted to say Game Plans are there for a reason. Maybe it's Daley who cant handle legit Grapplers.
Kimbos Bread- December 8, 2010 at 2:13 pm
Daley vsDiaz in Jan?

We'll take it!
RearNakedSpoon- December 8, 2010 at 1:48 pm
"bobzemuda Says:
It's about like asking GSP to move up to MW to fight Bisping."

If GSP was a massive wanker that analogy would work. It's more like asking Koscheck to move up to fight Tom Lawlor.
doowm- December 8, 2010 at 1:16 pm
Coker doesn't want Daley/Diaz to happen because he knows Daley could/probably would K.O. Diaz. The Miller fight allows his champion to appear belt worthy (because everyone assumes Diaz would beat Miller don't they?)
ihateemo- December 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm

"And, did Diaz not fight to MWs in Scott Smith and Frank Shamrock at 183 already?"

No, he fought Shamrock at 179 and Smith at 180. Not sure where Mayhem got the 183 figure from (though I admit I actually thought that's where he fought them at too, derp).

In any case, 180 sounds more than reasonable. With a one pound allowance that's 181. I'm sure Mayhem could drop the extra three no problem and then it's CLOBBERING TIME.
ccman- December 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm
Anyone realize how far down strikeforces champs go if Daley beats diaz (who much as it disgusts me to admit is probably the most talented champ in strike farce, yes including overoid) especially after his string of hand picked\cross promoted defenses? Seriously, joes fight shop in alberta's backwoods champs would have more credentials to get in the ufc than anyone out of strikeforce.
ctownhood- December 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm
177.5 is in the middle right? Thats nick gaining 7.5 lbs, or rather, a good case of the munchies the night before weigh ins...and mayhem drops the 7.5 lbs.

Let me correct that..that would be an ADDITIONAL 7.5 lbs for Mayhem to cut. He already cuts 20+ lbs to make 185. And, did Diaz not fight to MWs in Scott Smith and Frank Shamrock at 183 already? Cesar Gracie keeps saying you shouldn't call out someone unless you're willing to fight them at their weight. Shouldn't he also say you shouldn't jump someone unless your willing to fight them at their weight? I like both fighters honestly, but Diaz is the one ducking this fight.
ihateemo- December 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm
"But for him to fight at a weight class he's never fought at before against 'Mayhem' Miller – no disrespect to Miller, I think he's a great fighter – unfortunately he doesn't hold any ranking in the MMA community. There's no winning out of it."

Oh right, I forgot that Frank Shamrock and Scott Smith were such highly ranked opponents when Nick when up to 179/180 to fight them. Zaromskis was barely top 20 at the time.

If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and ducks like a duck it's a duck duckity duck duck duck.
Ballkick- December 8, 2010 at 12:45 pm
Daley would knock Diaz into another area code....From 209 to 559.
Gener- December 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm
Daley is definitely a more interesting opponent for Diaz. Sadly, Mayhem isn't quite championship fare... not even in Strikeforce.

El Guapo- December 8, 2010 at 11:20 am
Semtex vs Diaz, "There Will Be Hands"

Miller's more entertaining as a... uhhhh... as an entertainer, than a fighter. And he sucks as an entertainer(unless you're a teenager, I suppose). Do the math.
Clyde- December 8, 2010 at 11:07 am
@bobzemuda; I think Bisping has enough challengers without GSP stepping up.

@turdferg and Motropolis; brilliant.

Diaz Vs Daley sounds good to me. But unlike Noons, when Daley hits people, they stay hit.
Morningwood- December 8, 2010 at 10:40 am
I would like to see Daley vs Diaz a double KO would be awesome!
Mighty Gonad- December 8, 2010 at 10:20 am
It's harder and more exhausting to lose weight than to gain weight, I doubt that the "let's do 50-50" thing is fair considering the work involved to reach that weight for Miller compared to Diaz...
LET IT RAIN- December 8, 2010 at 10:03 am
i like Diaz as a fighter, but i kinda hope Daley just KO's him.
hooligun- December 8, 2010 at 9:55 am
Daley - Diaz = a real scorcher! Nicks takedowns are telegraphed to say the least so this would keep things vertical long enough for major fisticuffs!
MoTropolis- December 8, 2010 at 9:50 am

Nobody is gonna take a p4p list seriously when it lists Jo Son above Jet Li.
Turd Furgeson- December 8, 2010 at 9:44 am
Apparently Mr. Gracie has never seen my top ten P4P list.

1. Shogun
2. Penn
3. Lombard
4. Gomi
6. Jo Son
7. Mike Budnick
8. Chael Sonnen
9. Jet Li
10. GSP

There. Now they have to fight.
Sudos KFC- December 8, 2010 at 9:41 am
man I just got done doing a "homosexual" trialthalon and boy my knees, bum and jaw are sore...Miller was not kidding he would cut some serious weight!
Merlin- December 8, 2010 at 9:40 am
CSB's -- All I want is to be The Reem, eat horses and hippos, wear really tight shirts, and beat up little girls for a day.