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Nick Diaz is playing a dangerous game


And no, it isn’t the “dipping your toe into boxing” game. It’s trying to strong-arm Dana White

A press release issued today announced that the Strikeforce welterweight champion has signed to fight former IBF champion Jeff Lacy in the fall of this year.

Yet Diaz’s representative today told ( that the fighter is willing to forgo a trip to the ring in the event that a fight materializes with welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

“Barring something like (UFC president) Dana White telling us, ‘Hey, we really need you to fight GSP at such-and-such a date and it conflicts with [boxing] – barring that, we’re going to fight Lacy,” said Diaz manager and trainer Cesar Gracie.

This is probably the biggest shot a fighter has delivered across the UFC’s bow since Randy tried to take on Zuffa’s terrifying squad of lawyers and get a fight with Fedor Emelianenko. We all know how that worked out. The message being sent by Cesar Gracie and Nick Diaz should be crystal clear to a guy like Dana White: offer Nick Diaz a tasty check and a fight with Georges St. Pierre and this boxing business goes away quietly. Play it cheap and one of the star draws in the promotion you just bought fucks off to the land of Queensbury Rules, giving you a massive promotional headache in the process. Such a strategy might have worked before the Zuffa buyout of Strikeforce, but now they’ve put themselves into the arena with a guy that takes this kind of shit personally. This is a fact that Nick Diaz and his management have made a critical error in overlooking.

The logical reaction would be for Dana to pony up the money and give Diaz what he wants. Which he was probably ready to do anyways. But now the gauntlet has been thrown down, and we all know with 99.9% certainty that Dana’s reaction will be something along the lines of “ ” target=”_blank”>Fuck that fucking motherfucker. I run this fucking business. He can rot in Strikeforce for the next two years.” Dana may not be able to stop Diaz from boxing, but he can definitely stop him from fighting in the UFC and having a meaningful MMA career. This will end badly. 

  • scissors61

    Thing is, he likes Diaz

    Doesn’t matter. Try to fuck with Dana’s money and friendship goes right out the window. He was good friends with Tito, too. 

  • kvelertak

    Thing is, Dana likes Diaz and wants to see him fight… and yeah GSP ain’t doing anything else unless it’s in Canada. Dana needs this fight.

    The Fedor and Randy thing all have something in common: Fedor and that was something Dana couldn’t control. He was mad he couldn’t get Fedor.

    He can get either guy.

    The fight will happen.

  • kvelertak

    Well he went to talk to him, so who knows.

  • OpenPalmClosedMind

    i predict the word motherfucker will be used. A lot.

  • scissors61

    Another aspect to the story: what kind of crazy-ass contract did Nick Diaz just sign? We all know what happened to Roy Nelson. 

  • thingvolds

    “Thing is, he likes Diaz

    Doesn’t matter. Try to fuck with Dana’s money and friendship goes right out the window. He was good friends with Tito, too. ”

    tito, even after consecutive losses, still gets paid more than 75% of the main card fighters in the ufc. long after his feud with dana, hes still getting $200k a fight reported purse.

  • scissors61

    after tucking dick and kissing dana’s ring, yes. he is getting paid. does that seem like something nick diaz would do, hogwatcher? 


  • thingvolds

    that was a soap opera, not real life. fact is dana would never have let tito fight in another promotion. dana throws a shitload of money at tito and always has.

  • thingvolds

    i dont think nick will end up taking this fight. but id laugh if he did, made 500k, then came right back to mma making 200k. that would piss you guys off huh?

  • Take It Easy

    loll nick diaz would be lucky to make 50k in boxing

    you really shouldnd talk about things you dont know anything about, actuall you really shouldnt post at all

  • Take It Easy

    diaz is just like barnett holding out for money to fight fedor; he’s ducking the shit out of him because he knows its a retirement match for his shitty career

    we’ve already seen the preview in nate against rory macdonald

  • Reverend Clint

    diaz is trying to make dana do what he wants… not gonna happen

  • mamoru

    If Diaz makes $20K for a boxing fight I’d be astounded, and pretty pissed.
    There are a lot of much better boxers, not to mention better human beings making nowhere near that much. Experienced guys, good prospects too, not borderline top 15 mma guys with zero boxing experience.

    Can’t wait to see him get wrestlefucked for 25 minutes by GSP.

  • G Funk

    I really don’t see why this would piss Dana off as much as you are insinuating. You’re jumping the gun a ‘lil here. Sure Diaz is scheduling a match out of the promotion, but he’s contractually able to do so. Diaz has been a good boy for a few and isn’t bad-mouthing or trashing anyone. He’s not pulling a James Toney, which might not be such a bad idea since it worked out well for him.

    This is a big fight, if Dana doesn’t jump on it now it could be meaningless in a year and I’m sure he knows it.

    Fuck shit oozy cunt licker

  • Letibleu

    I would like to know which took place first. Dana going out to meet nick or the fight being signed

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    ^Word! I’m wondering the same thing. We’ll see what happens now, as Dana’s always had a soft spot for Lil Nicky.

  • thingvolds

    lacy was demanding 1 – 2 mil for fights even after his decline, and the promoters entertained it. for the diaz fight he has suggested splitting the purse 50/50. so if it was even a co headliner of a successful boxing ppv, they would be looking at that kind of pay. if you think diaz is going to fight lacy for 50k, youre fucking retarded.

  • Billytk

    If Diaz truly wants to box why not pick a opponent that isn’t so far past his prime he should be collecting some type of pension, I’m not saying he should jump in against a top 10 opponent he could take on someone else who is inexperienced like himself or a up and comer but fighting a old broken down boxer just seems like a useless fight to me especially since we’ve all seen how fast combat athletes fall once they start their decline.

  • Blackula Jonez

    You guys do realize that zuffa is doing their damndest to honor the previous strikeforce contracts right?

    If Overreem has something in his current contract that says he can do one WWE show or fight a bear on a yach in the pacific ocean if zuffa doesn’t want to be on the wrong end of a lawsuit they will say “Yes please, may I have another”.


    Until those contracts hit their expiration date Zuffas hands are tied, all they can do is try to play nice until then. Remember that business as usual line, this is it.


    Unless they try drive dump trucks full of money up to the desired fighters house and beg they can’t do shit. The wrath of Dana only goes so far, you think the courts fear an mma promoter?

  • kvelertak

    Yeah I don’t think it’s a big deal.

    And it looks like he’ll be getting more than lacy.

  • AZ Bored
  • Billytk

    Blackula, I could be wrong here (wouldn’t be the first time, or the last) but I think the point wasn’t that Dana could stop him from taking the fight but rather that he’d hold a grudge and once Nick’s strikeforce contract was up Dana may not sign him to the UFC just out of spite and may even go so far as to not schedule any more strikeforce fights for him. It’s not like it would be unprecedented for Dana to overreact and do something like that.

  • scissors61

    Billytk is correct. 

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Word, Lacey wants to make sure he gets the exposure for this.  Good move.

    I’m so down for this.

  • frickshun

    Thingvolds–>I do not foresee any of those stodgy old boxing promoters putting on a “freakshow” fight attached to a legitimate PPV card. This abomination will not generate significant revenue.

  • Blackula Jonez

    Word Billytk,I think we as fans forget about the money side of the business, at the end of the day i think this is a semi ingenious plot by diaz and company to get paid big time by zuffa


    Holding out over at strikeforce is no longer a point of leverage/barganing chip so he is using boxing in its place. It’s risky but trying to pull down major coin always is.



  • scissors61

    replace “semi-ingeneous” with “hare-brained” and we’re in agreement. 

  • Take It Easy

    too bad diaz is just a shitty journeyman instead of legitimate contender so no one cares

  • Reverend Clint

    damn it take it easy now I have to agree with you?

  • CAP

    The stars are aligning for the Diaz/GSP fight. That will be the biggest payday Nick can get. Don’t fuck it up trying to box some scrub.