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Nick Diaz Boxing Update: Vargas Out, Lacy (or Martinez) Possibly In, Diaz Snubs Zuffa Contract

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(Man, I can’t wait until Diaz lays into Larry Merchant for being an instigating little bitch.)

Nick Diaz‘s quest to leave MMA for boxing because his life is a living hell has already hit a minor speed-bump. Though Diaz’s trainer/manager Cesar Gracie revealed that they’d already “signed on the dotted line” for a match against veteran pugilist Fernando Vargas, Gracie updated his story yesterday evening, telling MMAJunkie that Vargas is a no-go:

We were talking about Vargas, but the thing is, I just came under some information that Vargas apparently has some kind of medical issue where he’s not able to pass the test any more, and he could be retiring. Vargas was very interested, but unfortunately, if he can’t pass the test, he can’t pass the test.

The Gracie camp is now trying to set up a match with Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy, a 33-year-old former IBF super middleweight champion who has lost three out of his last four outings. Meanwhile, boxing promoter Lou DiBella is jockeying for a match between Diaz and Sergio Martinez, the Ring World Middleweight Champion who’s considered one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world. Like Diaz, Martinez has more talent than credible opponents at the moment — but it’s hard to imagine that fight being sanctioned anywhere outside of Poland.

At this point, you might be wondering if Strikeforce is even cool with Diaz pursuing a boxing career, you know, contractually speaking. According to Cesar Gracie (again), they were able to successfully amend Diaz’s contract, which opens the door for boxing matches away from the Strikeforce banner. Well that was easy.

But not only did Diaz and Gracie get Scott Coker to change ink on paper, they actually refused to sign a contract with Zuffa. After the sale of Strikeforce, it was reported that fighters on the SF roster were being asked to sign contracts with their new corporate overlords. It sounded like a high-pressure move, but apparently you can say no if you don’t have much to lose. As Gracie explained:

“[Diaz] thinks Jake will probably beat GSP, so it kind of makes a moot point of him going up (to the UFC),” Gracie said. “(He’s) just kind of not happy with the landscape. He’s just weighing options right now.”

In any event, Gracie said he’s been working directly with UFC parent company Zuffa LLC on the direction of Diaz’s career. He said he hasn’t spoken to Coker, who sold Strikeforce to the UFC back in March, on recent developments.

“I don’t even know how much in charge of things he is any more,” Gracie said. “Ultimately, it’s going to have to go through the UFC, so the only people to talk about it with would be them. What am I going to talk to Scott about? He doesn’t own anything any more.”

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HoustonFightFan- April 21, 2011 at 10:12 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.
PauliostheGreat- April 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm
For those who say he is doing boxing for the challenge, you obviously didn't read the article. He said he is doing it because he isn't getting "paid." And for those who think he can hang with decent boxers in his weight devision, look at what Daley did to him, he almost put him to sleep, and Daleys hands are nothing compared to a boxer. In boxing he won't have a ground game to try and save him. He will have to get up just to get KTFO.
djp1988- April 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm
I can't wait for Diaz to get tired of not getting paid for boxing. He's then going to tear up the PGA Tour. He will be extremely high.
fatbellyfrank- April 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm
^ weathers always good for drinkin cold beers my freind
dranokills- April 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm
Hey FBF hows it hangin my bestest aussie friend.
cheers to you man. hows the weather there buddy,is it getting cooler now? Still good enough to drink a cold beer right on?
mDino- April 16, 2011 at 11:36 am
A. Silva is jon jones' ass puppet. diaz just whooped daleys ass, whos main asset was his striking. hes in it for the money, let him box win or lose.
rampage01- April 16, 2011 at 6:35 am
diaz can't even beat gsp and a boxing match and he wanna face a real boxer,hahahahah, LMAO.
fatbellyfrank- April 15, 2011 at 11:00 pm
Yo Drano, how ya goin Bro,callin it as you see it, and not givin two fucks what anyone thinks, thats why i love ya my good mate.
PS if diaz wants to give boxing a go then good on him, i just dont think he'll go very well against top opposition
dranokills- April 15, 2011 at 10:12 pm
yep I'm a hater, and I am gonna hate, fucking die Diaz, just go the fuck away.
that is all I care about. The ABSENCE of Diaz from MMA will be just 1 less douche.
Now if we can get the top 2 assholes of MMA to kill each other that would be awesome. (that would be king douche Anderson Silva, and his ass puppet Johny boy Jones)
BaghdadBob- April 15, 2011 at 10:09 pm
Fuck, that comment was supposed to go under the Shogun-Griffin article. Oh, well.
BaghdadBob- April 15, 2011 at 10:06 pm
How many more of these bullshit rematches must we be subjected to? Fuck.
LJM- April 15, 2011 at 9:56 pm
I think it's really great of drano to comment so soon after karma, so as to clearly illustrate the latter's final point. We thank you, drano.
dranokills- April 15, 2011 at 9:53 pm
goodbye brain-fried Diaz.
Hope that's the last we ever have to see of you.
PS, please take your stupid fanboys with you.
CungwantsCookies- April 15, 2011 at 9:39 pm
im not dissing diaz when i say martinez would eat his fucking lunch and then bitchslap a dessert out of him. if sergio came over to SF and fought diaz under mma rules, diaz would break his arm off and stuff it up his ass. two totally different sports, the comparison is tiresome. if diaz wants to box thats great, but he might consider dabbling a bit before taking on one of the best in the sport
KarmaAteMyCat- April 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm
I can only imagine the sadness everyone who watches Nick Diaz to see him get knocked out experience on a fight to fight basis. The thing is Nick Diaz and the rest of the Cesar Gracie Camp is really good and to be honest I still can't believe that Rufus some how beat it in the AOL poll for camp of the year. It's okay most of you probably padded that poll it's okay though nobody really believes that Pat Barry and Anthony Pettis equal the best camp in MMA.
All that aside I think Diaz is a very good boxer. I think pugilism is a terrible sport considering there really isn't anyone to test the current Top Ranked Pugilists in the sport. I also love how everyone thought it was awesome that everyone wanted to see James Tony in MMA so whats so wrong with the fact that Nick Diaz wants to do Boxing? let him. Enjoy the fight. Pretend you actually care when you actually only want to see Nick Diaz get knocked the fuck out. Haters gonna hate. For no reason most of the time.
BigBalluh- April 15, 2011 at 8:33 pm
Its funny how you say Shields has no chance, when Nick is a very good WW and trains with Shields daily. Shields has the skills to beat GSP in grappling, which he's done in a competition before. If you deny that then you sir are retarded. Hes the first challenge to GSP for a while, and you can tell GSP recognizes it too in primetime. He never once gave Josh props like he does Jake. Jake got rocked by hendo in middleweight, came back and won 4 rounds in a row. I bet GSP couldnt do that.
MonkeyEarMuffs- April 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm
There is literally no chance in hell for Diaz to beat Martinez in a boxing ring. No amount of boxing training in the interim will change the outcome. Seriously, Diaz looks how he looks, because he boxes poorly. I respect the hell out of him as an MMA guy, and there is obviously something to be said about a guy as fearless as that. But this is just absurd. No one would sanction this. The kid would get f*cking disassembled. Really. "Change his f*cking life" kind of a beating.

I'm not sure what the deal is with this fearless warrior BS some MMA guys try to push, but getting hit for the sake of getting hit to make some cash is not what this is about. I don't know what the hell happened, but it's idiots like that who make MMA guys look silly.

Really, this silly kid needs to think about getting his shit together in MMA rather than getting his face mauled some more. Martinez would eat this flatfooted, punch drunk chump right the f*ck up. Not even a joke.
PERPATRAITOR- April 15, 2011 at 6:42 pm
Yall are retarded. Nick has an awesome boxing coach. He will be a game opponent to anyone in his weight class. He's not doing it because he KNOWS he could win. He's doing it for a challenge. Overeem did the K1. Genki Sudo was great(entertaining) at kickboxing also. This is great and I support Nick in his quest. In opponents he's talking about cleaning out strikeforce's roster. I think he is trollin' somewhat to get a UFC contract. On the flip side. If he boxes, he might make 500k+ for one fight. Please someone do the math and tell me how many MMA fights equal that! WAR DIAZ!!!!
fatbellyfrank- April 15, 2011 at 6:36 pm
Careful what you wish for Nick, El Guap and KCC have said it all, you will get royally fucked up if you think you can hang with decent boxers
RwilsonR- April 15, 2011 at 5:17 pm
Poor Scott Coker. Pretty soon Coker's calls are gonna get the same treatment from Dana White that Bjorn Rebney's did from Coker.
Spicymeatball- April 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm
If Nick Diaz fights Sergio Martinez it might end his career. I'm serious he may never fight again. I respect the hell out of Nick if he does it but its a stupid idea if anyone wants to see how good Martinez is go watch his rematch with Paul Williams. Diaz might be the only guy who can beat GSP he can make money if he smartens up a little and goes to the UFC.
DaltonSwayze- April 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm
I'd just like to echo El Guapo and Kid Clam Curtains in saying that Martinez would brutalize Diaz. I like Diaz and I would love to see him against a Vargas or Lacy type, but putting him up against the #2 p4p boxer is retarded. Anyone who saw the Pavlik or second Williams fight can see this
MonkeyEarMuffs- April 15, 2011 at 4:03 pm
Holy crap you have to be sh*tting me... I woke up today, to see that Nick had somehow got it into his tiny brain that he could hang with a washed up, shop worn championship level fighter in Vargas. Which, make no mistake, would have resulted in Diaz getting his sh*t absolutely pushed way the f*ck in. Only to to go to sleep, wake up and see that he somehow became twice as dumb in the course of an afternoon. Sergio Martinez will freaking murder this bum. He needs to stop flexing and respect Boxing. Diaz getting is ass knocked out is the first round would seriously be a godsend compared to Martinez could do to this freaking chump. As an MMA striker, he has his merits. He has his chops down and he strikes well for the level of comp he is mixed up with. But he can't even hang in the UFC with elite level MMA strikers there, let alone in the Boxing world. Wake the hell up and count your blessings you idiot. You are an MMA fighter in a situation that only MMA fighting can fix. Boxing will chew this chump up and spit him out. Make no mistake, Sergio will change this motherf*ckers life. This is the kind of BS that I can't stand about young MMA cats. No goddamn respect/common sense.
PauliostheGreat- April 15, 2011 at 2:55 pm
P.S. His BAD BOY attitude is garbage. Trying to talk down to someone because they aren't a fighter. Guy get a life and just leave the sport if you aren't happy.
mDino- April 15, 2011 at 2:55 pm
gotta love diaz