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Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis Slated for ‘Strikeforce: Miami’ Main Event

(Nick Diaz, photographed here saying something very articulate and respectful. Props: AllElbows.)

According to MMA Weekly, Strikeforce’s January 30th event in Sunrise, Florida, will be headlined by Nick Diaz and Lithuanian head-kick-artist Marius Zaromskis battling for the organization’s vacant welterweight title. Diaz, who hasn’t competed since his submission win over Scott Smith in June, was originally scheduled to fight Jay Hieron for the welterweight strap at "Carano vs. Cyborg" in August, but was pulled from the card after skipping a pre-fight drug test.  MMA Weekly points out that while the Florida State Boxing Commission (which oversees MMA in that state) prohibits performance enhancers and narcotic use, it doesn’t require a pre-fight test for "drugs of abuse," and it doesn’t have any bylaws addressing “compassionate use."

In other words, Diaz should be able to compete there without too much of an issue, though who knows if we’ll ever see him fight in his home state again. Unfortunately, this leaves Hieron as the odd man out once again, which must piss him off to no end considering he signed with Strikeforce specifically to fight Diaz for a belt. "Strikeforce: Miami" is also slated to feature Cristiane "Cris Cyborg" Santos‘s first title defense against Marloes Coenen and the Strikeforce debuts of Herschel Walker and Bobby Lashley.

Related: Only one undercard fighter missed weight for tonight’s Strikeforce event. Also, Mike Whitehead will have a 43-pound weight advantage over King Mo in their heavyweight scrap.’s liveblog of the Showtime broadcast kicks off at 10 p.m. ET. Don’t be a stranger.

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510koaLa- December 27, 2009 at 8:27 pm
DiazBros209- December 20, 2009 at 1:09 am
Strikeforce continues to impress me. This will surely be a candidate for fight of the year. Two of my favourites, but I'll have to go with Diaz via submission. The 5 round fight will play to Nick's advantage. I see Zaromskis not being able to put Nick away and in the later rounds Nick will set up the sub via 'pepper boxing' as I like to call it.
Robocop Didnt Tap- December 19, 2009 at 5:54 pm
Whitemare could be a huge fan favorite in the states if he can have fights like he did against Sakurai and High. The fact that he comes flying out the gate as soon as the bell rings alone will win him fans.

That being said, I see Diaz dragging this one to the mat and getting a submission win. Deep down, I hope he does his little thing w/ his hands and gets a shin to the teeth.
TheArtof8Limbs- December 19, 2009 at 5:33 pm
FUCK YES! this is going to be an epic fight. I like both fighters and can't wait to see who will have their hand raised in the end. Also, i was disappointed bc the post says this will be a CBS broadcast and i just checked my guide and its def on shotime....lying bastards.

Lets see, strikeforce has signed: Zaromskis, King Mo, Hendo, Bobby Lashley, FEDOR plus co-promoting with japan. And pretty much the UFC is bringing back their fighters from years ago, not renewing Hendo's contract, and when they sign veterans (ie Dennis Kang) or any new up and comers, they fire them after a couple fights!? I totally see why Fedor didnt sign with UFC, he was right...they dont treat their fighters like people.
CacaDeSinge- December 19, 2009 at 5:24 pm
Well, just played L4D2 with CAPS_LOCK_HAL and wante to expose him... Terrible boomer indeed...
BackbaconBilly- December 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm
Nick is a great fighting talent who unfortunately is his own worst enemy, if he ever grows up and takes shit seriously he will get the respect he craves, until then he will continue to fight in 2nd rate shows, and complaining that he doesn't understand why people don't understand him.
831 Son- December 19, 2009 at 4:04 pm
Zaromskis is going to whoop that ass. I like both Diaz brothers but this Marius dude is insane.
MediumRare- December 19, 2009 at 3:32 pm
Fuck yes! Top marks Strikeforce.

UFC fucked up by not signing Marius or getting Nick back. Love both these fighters and can't wait to see them lock horns. Can't even imagine who'll win it.

Hope the UFC realizes soon that it needs some quality new meat to feed to GSP.
for the love of mma- December 19, 2009 at 1:51 pm
love the caption!!! you know nick diaz is a class act!!! lol
Cecil PeepHoles- December 19, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Great match-up.
DrZsbl- December 19, 2009 at 11:09 am
43 lbs advantage... I see double first round for Zadfjadfjas;ldfj & Mo.
the glza- December 19, 2009 at 11:07 am
awesome. nick will fit right in -- miami is just like stockton only with more supermodels and lamborghinis. but the cultural core is essentially the same.

what a great fight this is gonna be. good card.
RaWrBoOm- December 19, 2009 at 10:40 am
Marius "The Whitemare" Zaromski has got this

Marius by brain ratteling head kick
Everlast66- December 19, 2009 at 10:37 am
It's a Showtime broadcast, not a CBS broadcast. You got me all excited, too, 'cause I don't get Showtime.
RJeezy- December 19, 2009 at 10:03 am
And Strikeforce sets the bar for the new decade with the probable best fight of it. My two favorite fighters not named GSP or Fedor. I'll be able to die happy after this.
Endocat- December 19, 2009 at 9:37 am
Oh shit!
Cosmin- December 19, 2009 at 9:34 am
ReDx- December 19, 2009 at 9:31 am
That's funny. Marius is already getting a title shot. Every good newcomer is getting an immediate title shot except for Fedor.
two_black_eyes- December 19, 2009 at 9:31 am
Win, Lose, or Stoned; Diaz brings it.
robthom- December 19, 2009 at 9:13 am
I'm always in the mood for a Nick Diaz fight.

BTW, you didn't even name check the nickname?!
Too obvious?