(Nick Diaz: His style is impetuous, his defense is impregnable.)
When Nick Diaz says he’ll fight anybody, anywhere, at any time, he ain’t bullshittin’. Buried in GracieFighter.com’s news section is this little gem about Diaz’s future ambitions (props to BloodyElbow for the tip):
Superstar boxer Roy Jones Jr.
has expressed interest in facing UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva
, after Silva had let his intentions be known that he wished to face Jones in a boxing contest. Promoter Bob Arum was eager to promote such a bout to let the world see that "those MMA guys can’t throw a straight punch".
Unfortunately it seems the impetus to set up such a fight is dead in the water, since the UFC is no hurry to see their Champion compete in a venue not being promoted by them.
Enter Nick Diaz. With Strikeforce’s more flexible attitudes towards fighting and the Strikeforce-Showtime alliance, the barriers to such a fight could very well be coming down. Our camp has already contacted Top Rank Boxing
to let them know we would be 100% in favor of such a matchup. Now the ball is in their court.
To which RJJ probably responded, "Nick who?" Okay, so it may not quite be the marquee fight that Jones vs. Silva would be, but it’s a pretty decent substitute. I know I’d be curious to see how Nick’s pitty-pat-punches-in-bunches routine would fare against a great boxer (he’s already 1-0 in the sport), and he’s a natural at fight-promotion. Why let Tim Sylvia and Ray Mercer hog all the crossover fun? Don’t be scared, Jonesy!
GracieFighter also had another update on their site that should calm some of the outrage caused by yesterday’s official Strikeforce payouts post:
Since figures were released by the CSAC on fighters pay from the Strikeforce event, we have received several inquiries and comments on Nick’s pay. We would like to let Nick’s fans know that his compensation for the event was actually substantially larger than the amount listed, due to the way his contract was structured. Nick Diaz and Strikeforce have in place a fair compensation agreement.
Since this wasn’t a pay-per-view event, I’m assuming that "way his contract was structured" actually means "large envelope stuffed with cash that we hope the IRS doesn’t find out about." Anyway, that’s good news for Nick, who certainly deserves it. Maybe now he can finally afford to get that surgery…