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Nick Diaz vs. Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos Title Fight Booked for Jan. 29 Strikeforce Card

(You don’t want any part of this, Nick. No part whatsoever. / Photo courtesy of ESPN.)

It’s official: Nick Diaz vs. Jason Miller ain’t happening, at least not in the near future. With both sides failing to come to an agreement on weight class, Strikeforce has decided to move on with their welterweight champion, reportedly booking Diaz to defend his belt against Chute Boxe veteran Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos. The fight is expected to take place on the January 29th San Jose card that will also feature the middleweight title fight between Ronaldo "Grappler" Souza vs. Robbie "Striker" Lawler.

Diaz has won his last eight fights — most recently coming out on top in his revenge match against KJ Noons — and is generally considered the greatest 170-pounder outside of the UFC. He’ll be an enormous favorite over Santos, who’s just 1-0 as a welterweight, thanks to his first-round TKO of Marius Zaromskis at Strikeforce: Los Angeles. Prior to that fight, Cyborg compiled a journeyman’s record of 17-13 as a middleweight, and lost his Strikeforce debut to Joey Villasenor by decision.

As is customary whenever we report on a Strikeforce fight-booking, we now feel obligated to bitch about how this match doesn’t really make sense. Even if he just fought two-and-a-half weeks ago, it seems that Paul Daley would be the logical choice for Diaz’s next title defense, being that he’s more highly regarded than Santos, and arguably a lot more dangerous. What’s more, Nick Diaz’s camp specifically wanted a fight with Daley.

Still, Semtex himself recently claimed that he wasn’t interested in a fight with Diaz until the summer, looking instead to a fight that would "qualify" him for a title shot. (How mature of you, Paul.) And so, Strikeforce is giving the title shot to somebody else who really hasn’t qualified for it at all. But hey, at least Nick Diaz is fighting on a regular schedule. I know some Russians who could take a page out of his book.

Related: As we mentioned on the radio show yesterday, Jason Miller vs. Tim Kennedy is now "unlikely" for the 1/29 card.

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bobbyd- December 23, 2010 at 3:26 am
This is strikeforce's# 1 contender 18-13 wonder the UFC is the #1 name in mma and always will be...
Dagnut- December 23, 2010 at 1:39 am
@DazedNConfused I posted pretty much the exact same thing about Daley last night...but it was marked spam for some reason
DazedNConfused- December 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm
I think Daley would beat Diaz. Santos won't, but it'll be an entertaining fight and when Diaz wears him out, while taking a couple nasty shots from Santos, it will build up for the Daley fight and then possibly a Mayhem fight if the teams ever get their heads out of each other's asses. I don't see it as a can fight at all, Santos looked great in his last fight, is tough as hell, and is a over-sized WW.

Strikeforce puts on entertaining fights, if all you want is skilled, stalled matches then Edgar vs. LayPraynard is good enough. Personally I like both types of fights, and Strikeforce is a welcome addition.
Ruke Doufus- December 22, 2010 at 12:06 pm
It's a good thing that dude is standing behind that tatted-up chick, otherwise we'd see his junk.
Waxedpants- December 22, 2010 at 10:22 am
@ hate

Viva Hate- December 22, 2010 at 10:14 am
In an odd tribute to Peter Graves the Santos family decides to reenact one of his famous lines for their Christmas card, "You ever seen a grown man naked?" How about two?
MoTropolis- December 22, 2010 at 9:46 am
I bet those shades are actually blacked out. I wouldnt be surprised that Santos doesnt want to have to look at AND fuck Cristiane.
Waxedpants- December 22, 2010 at 8:58 am
Not only am I not interested in seeing cyborg fight anybody at any time I am also not interested in seeing pictures of either of them ........ they're gross ... just gross.
Kid Clam Curtains- December 22, 2010 at 8:53 am
What a turd of a fight. Fuck you Strikeforce.
El Famous Burrito- December 22, 2010 at 8:27 am
Surprise buttsex.
RNCyomama- December 22, 2010 at 8:24 am
..."your winner via rear naked rape choke,"...
knucklesamitch- December 22, 2010 at 8:15 am
You'd think he wouldn't have such a big smile on his face in the moments after his Wife had gone balls deep on him with no warning.
LOKI- December 22, 2010 at 7:54 am
danomite- December 22, 2010 at 7:53 am
this has just become pathetic. Strikeforce couldn't come up with a competitive fight if Coker's life depended on it. Let's be honest, Daley only had a puncher's chance against Diaz, but I don't think you could even say that about Santos. The guy is 2-2 in his last four fights and has only fought once at 170 lbs. Somehow this qualifies him for a title shot? I hope Diaz's can-crushing doesn't come back to bite him in the ass the way it did Fedor. Hopefully he's just taking these fights so he can get out of his Strikeforce contract as quickly as possible so he can go to the UFC and fight guys who are actually good.
PortlandMMA- December 22, 2010 at 7:52 am
I'd rather see him fight Cristiane
destinationblood- December 22, 2010 at 7:37 am
if santos can make 170, so can miller........
cecils_pupils- December 22, 2010 at 7:35 am
Whoever named this move the rear naked choke did not anticipate people would take it so literally.