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Strikeforce Locks Nick Diaz Into a Multi-Year Contract

("Say, ‘DANA!’")

Strikeforce announced today that welterweight champion and Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt Nick Diaz (23-7, 1 NC) has signed a new multi-year, multi-fight deal with the San Jose, California-based promotion.

Details of deal, including the duration and whether or not the contract is non-exclusive were not released, but with the signing Diaz put to bed rumors that he was angling for a return to the UFC to compete alongside his Team Cesar Gracie teammate Jake Shields when his Strikeforce contract ran out.

“I’m looking forward to continuing my career with Strikeforce,” said the 27-year-old Stockton native. “When I first got here, there weren’t a lot of great 170-pound fighters for me to fight, but that’s definitely changed. There’s a lot of really good fighters in the division now and I’m ready to fight anyone who thinks they can beat me.”

8-0 in his past eight fights, Diaz has only lost one fight in the past two years, which was a result of a stoppage due to a cut he sustained in his first bout with KJ Noons at Elite XC: Renegade in 2007. He was released by the UFC following back-to-back wins over Josh Neer and Gleison Tibau in his last two Octagon appearances.

Diaz won the Strikeforce 170-pound strap in January when he defeated prospect Marius Zaromskis by first round TKO. He has since successfully defended the belt against Noons in their much-anticipated rematch in October that saw Diaz win via unanimous decision. In non-title action this year Diaz also finished Hayato "Mach" Sakurai by first round armbar at DREAM 14 in May.

His first bout on his new contract will see Diaz make his second title defense on January 29 against Chuteboxe fighter Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos (18-13) in the main event of the appropriately named Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg event in San Jose.

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PERPATRAITOR- January 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm
First of all Nate Diaz beat gray Maynard. So how does he lose to BJ Penn or Hughes? Noone has more talent at such a young age. All of team Cesar Gracie owns their opponents. Besides if Nick signed with the ufc then you have to wave bye bye to any other fights like dream, k1 maybe and etc. Shit Dana probably wouldn't even let nick grapple in tourneys. I thnk nick played this very smart. Also he'd have to "duck" his other teammates in the ufc anyways. I met nick this morning in an elevator in Vegas. Dude is cool as fuck and I wish I ha asked him more questions. WAR DIAz!!!!
fingerssfv- December 29, 2010 at 9:59 pm
Diaz is such a great fighter. Wanna know why? The kid has heart. Of course, that mean streak doesn't hurt, either. I don't see him losing for a long time to come.
pogodog7- December 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm
The Diaz brothers are both punks. BJ Penn, Georges St. Pierre or Matt Hughes would chew them up and spit them out. If Nick is going to fight a Cyborg, he should fight the wife. She is tougher than her husband and more of a man.
ghostboner- December 29, 2010 at 12:45 pm
@Smitthers - Ya, Nick is definitely no slouch standing or on the ground, and to be honest I'd rather see him in the UFC because as El Guapo pointed out, he makes for good fights. But you just can't spend all year saying you just want to fight the best, ya know, and you'd really like to fight GSP nawmean, and you just wish someone would put the fight together yaknow, and it's the fight the fans want to see and you wanna do it and it's not your fault the fight isn't happening nawmean, and then sign a long term contract which will effectively PREVENT you from fighting any of the best fighters. It makes you look stupid and full of shit.

@the Handsome - Tap dance, no. Pass a drug test, yes. Not get into brawls outside (or inside) the cage, yes. Show up for press conferences etc, yes.
Canadian Chronic- December 29, 2010 at 11:32 am
@El Guapo

cheers, we have our moments

... in between bong hits

at least thats when i do
El Guapo- December 29, 2010 at 11:06 am
^^And they say Canadians aren't smart...

'Chronic saved the best for last and easily had the most intelligent post on the entire thread. Nick got paid, "Ultimate Fighting" is stuck rematching GSP against guys he already dominated and considering Dana's Queen Bitch tendency to fire guys left and right, Strikeforce will be able to land some good free agents in the future. Shit, not only did Diaz get fired after winning two in a row he should've been signed for life after his scrap with Lawler. He entertained, he talked shit AND he stopped Ruthless. Was he supposed to tap dance, too??
donfryesmustache- December 29, 2010 at 10:46 am
Who has Nick Diaz beaten that gives you any hope he has a chance against GSP, Much less Fitch? I agree that I hate Fitch's blanket style & the way GSP has fought conservativly but GSP just literally broke a man's face with 1 round of jabs & Fitch just dominated a much better fighter than Nick in Thiago Alves.
Canadian Chronic- December 29, 2010 at 9:23 am
I dont see why ppl are giving Nick so much flak. He got paid ppl! bottom line. if yer not sucking DFWs' dick yer some kind of moron, eh? So what if he likes to talk shit and keep his name in the headlines? big deal. I'd rather be the king of san jose witha fat bank account then someone who is on the bubble with dreams of winning a title. news flash! if yer not GSP and in the WW division yer always gonna be second best. AND always on the look out for the axe.

I'd take the smart money too, I am so smart...S-M-R-T, S-M-R-T...
Smitty- December 29, 2010 at 9:22 am
@ ghostboner
Ellenberger is no joke, and the fact that you give Nick even odds against him says (IMO) that you think Nicks no slouch. I personally think he'd beat him. I'm not sayin Nick is the best 170'er out there, but he's on everyones top 10 list. People hate on him for personal reasons. Aside from me bein a fan, I just recognize his skill set as one that could definately hang with the UFC boys. Including Martin Kampmann or Carlos Condit.
ccman- December 29, 2010 at 8:02 am
I totally get it... why go for a world championship when you can be san jose champ? This is your brain on drugs people.
Goog- December 29, 2010 at 5:52 am
That belt is ugly enough without Diaz apparently cooking his heroine on the back of it.
RearNakedSpoon- December 29, 2010 at 3:14 am
Dana's been too busy firing decent fighters, he doesn't have room for can crushers.
ghostboner- December 29, 2010 at 2:13 am
This is what happens when Nick Diaz stops smokin herb long enough to realize he called out GSP.

@Smitty - I'd give Ellenberger even odds against Diaz. Nick is solid, but he is not beating a Carlos Condit, or a Martin
Kampmann, or any of the 170ers at AKA. I would like to see him and Diego go at it though. Not as much as I'd like to see him and MAYHEM though.
Smitty- December 29, 2010 at 12:21 am
I see EVERY 170 pounder in the UFC as a "prime" 170'er because, it's the worlds number 1 mma promotion. If Diaz was to continue to win, regardless of who he fights, it will definately get the attention of Dana. That's how this game works. People rack up wins in smaller organizations, and are eventually invited to the big show. Now whether Dana swallows his pride and invites him back remains to be seen. I don't disagree with what you said about Diazs' opponents, and that his next fight with Daley will tell us a lot, but you can't tell me with a straight face that you think ANY of those WW's you named can beat Nick............cause they can't.
fightfan- December 29, 2010 at 12:17 am
This clown is such a hipcritical fool. He fights anyone at 185 EXCEPT guys that call him out. He calls out guys NOT in Strikeforce, then signs longterm for Strikeforce.

Such a joke. So he gonna continue to call out people that he WILL NEVER fight. Laughable homie.

Someone said it above....he is like the 17 yr old 8th grader who thibnks he is the baddest in middle school. So sad, Nick could of went to UFC, then again he couldnt fight esay opponents and look like the sht there. At Strikeforce he can get easy fights and call out(knowing he will never fight them) the toughest mma guys in UFC.

I would of really liked to see if he could hang with the UFC guys. Obviously he cant or he would of went to the UFC, where it is knows the best of the best fight and are. But he can stick to being the big fish in the tiny pond
SumDumGuy- December 28, 2010 at 11:42 pm
DumGuy is disappointed! As soon as a couple videos surface in which Diaz is halfway likeable, it turns out that Nick’s gone all gooey inside and is a big fat puss now. The losses never took any shine of Nick because you knew “he aint no bitch”. Where does this willful pursuit of can-crushing leave him now?
Palmtreeguy- December 28, 2010 at 10:09 pm
He knows he would never win the UFC title in his weight class so he had to stay so hey could keep the gold. Complete chicken shit !!!
AndyInflammatory- December 28, 2010 at 9:05 pm
what a load of horseshit. The only argument left to the delusional nuthugger is "DAH YEAH BUT HE'D WIN A REAL FIGHT COZ HE'S SO STREET"

You're living in a fantasy land.
cblades24- December 28, 2010 at 8:21 pm
Hey there guys i think your forgetting one important matter how much you hate or are jealous of the diaz bros, they come to fight they are not little girls like most of these guys who just try to win rounds and be athletes. They are true fighters not frauds like most mma fighters. And also in a real fight if thats what mma was (which it isnt) they would be the champions both of em in the ufc and whatever other organization. Why you ask........hmmmmmmmmm thats not to hard there would be no time limit if it was a real fight and the diaz brothers dont get tired, so if they didnt finish em quickly their opponents would get tired and they wouldnt and then the tired guy would get subbed by either diaz brother. So in terms of real fighting the diaz brothers are pound for pound the best and would destroy the gsp's and fitch's of the world very easily. They would try to play "the game" while the diaz brothers would be putting em to sleep. PERIOD. Go ahead and convince yourself otherwise but deep down u know im rite. bottom line is this nick is the best fighter in mma imho and gsp and the fitch's of the world are the best game players and athletes, their not fighters though and would get put to sleep in a fight with diaz. theyd get owned. dont confuse two a(fighting and game playing) cuz they are very different. So when u watch mma, know its generally more of a game than a fight. If we were able to see real fights similar to alot of the pride fights, diaz would own gsp everytime especially if it was a real fight with no time limit. U know im rite,,,,,,,,,,dont hate
LAS- December 28, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Exactly which prime 170er do you see the UFC dropping, and wouldn't the fact that said person got dropped by the UFC suggest they are going to do much to get someone like Diaz over as "one of the best in the world"? The best win Diaz has in his 7-fight streak is over Zaromskis, a guy who went out and got his ass kicked by a journeyman in Cyborg in his very next fight.

If Diaz can beat Daley standing, I'll given him credit for a legit win, but the UFC has every single other top-10 WW fighter, not to mention a shitload of top prospects in guys like Story, Ellenberger, Hathaway, Hendricks, Stun Gun, etc. Why would Dana want to challenge Diaz? It's not like the guy is Fedor. If anything, Diaz is going to see he needs the UFC to prove he's one of the best.
Smitty- December 28, 2010 at 7:01 pm
I'm a big Nick Diaz fan, always have been. Strikeforce will more than likely aquire more big name talent at 170 lbs this year when Dana is kickin decent fighters to the curb. They can't all fight for the UFC people. Diaz will finish this contract and still have a chance to fight in the UFC in a few years. The dude is only 27. Dana will see that he is one of the best in the world, and he will want to challenge him with his stable of fighters.
danomite- December 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm
I gave Diaz the benefit of the doubt when I heard about his fight with Cyborg, saying that maybe he was trying to get his Strikeforce contract over with as soon as possible so he could sign with the UFC. Stupid me. It turns out he is, in fact, a big fat set of pussy lips. Have fun fighting the Cyborg's and Denny's of the world "champ".
skeletor- December 28, 2010 at 6:06 pm
You never know UFC could have offered him a contract just big enough for SF to have to counter and pay him more then they really wanted too. there is more then one way to destroy your competition then to just take all there marketable fighters.
DiazBrotherFromAnotherMother- December 28, 2010 at 5:27 pm
way to lure me in with this "multi-year deal" and then say nothing about it. obviously neither he or dana have expressed any interest in eachother so y dont u tell us something we dont know
LAS- December 28, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Because, as we all know, when Strikeforce has a potentially interesting matchup, they won't find some way to fuck it up...*COUGH* FEDOR V OVEREEM *COUGH*