Nick Diaz plans to box in 2011

A few days ago, Nick Diaz said he wanted to make a million bucks plus per fight. We all laughed it off as standard Nick Diaz pot talk, and while that might be true, we forgot to factor in the fact that Nick is very, very serious about his pot talk.

Diaz is itching to box, and although he recently re-signed with Strikeforce, according to his trainer, Cesar Gracie, the deal includes a clause that allows Diaz to compete in a boxing match this year.

Diaz is expected to exercise that clause. Facing a recognizable boxer could potentially land Diaz the largest paycheck of his career.

“In boxing, when you’re a superstar, you get millions of dollars,” Gracie told ESPN.com. “In MMA, you’re not making that kind of money.

“We’re in negotiations right now with [boxing promoter] Don Chargin. We would very much like to take a boxing match. It would probably be at super middleweight [168 pounds].

Two current options being mulled over are the retired Fernando Vargas and chain smoking Ricardo Mayorga, who’s last brush with MMA involved an MMA fight with Din Thomas that never happened. But while a boxing match might pay more than what Strikeforce is currently ponying up, Diaz’s dreams of millions still may not be the most realistic in the world. BloodyElbow does the math and comes to this conclusion:

I’m not sure that the money is out there for Diaz to make more than the $50k (purse only, not including sponsors) he made against KJ Noons or the reported $100k he made fighting Zaromskis simply because of the myth that all boxers take home absurd paychecks. The draw in a boxing match is going to be the boxer and no established boxer is taking a 50/50 split to fight someone who doesn’t advance their career.

I don’t know if I’d be so quick to say that. There’s a whole bunch of opportunistic boxers out there who’d probably think an MMA vs Boxing PPV on boxing’s turf would bring in enough to make it worth their while. Hell, Roy Jones Jr already challenged Nick Diaz to a fight … in MMA!

Plus, even if Nick can’t make a few million off his first boxing match, that ignores another important pot-fueled factor in his decision to dabble in the sweet science: he plans on winning, again and again and again.

  • Jim

    Nick Diaz’s pot talk makes ESPN headlines. Someone should kick Franklin McNeil in the nuts. Vargas & Mayorga are 154 pounders and in any case Mayorga is fighting Cotto in March. Showtime isn’t going to showcase a fight on ShoBox, where a guy makes his boxing debut against a former belt holder. Strikeforce may be a running joke, but ShoBox has a good reputation.

  • UberShmact

    Mayorga is a 155er I doubt he would fight Diaz at 168, also I’m pretty sure this wont happen if Cyborg or Daley knock out Diaz and those are the 2 guys he’s up against next.

  • fightlinker

    don’t forget Cesar has had PPV ambitions in the past. Remember that Gracie Challenge revival thing he tried four years ago that fell apart spectacularly? If they really want to get it done, they’ll get it done.

  • subo

    ^ That was one of the craziest fucking things ever attempted.

  • Reverend Clint

    diaz is just plain dumb. He is just gonna be like tim sylvia… making a shit load just to get his ass beat, unless he fights some random can ala fedor.

  • scissors61

    Mayorga would beat the fucking breaks off Diaz in a boxing fight, weight difference or no. Diaz’s face accumulates so many cuts in 15-minute MMA matches…imagine what that shit would look like after a 12-rounder. Jesus Christ, the guy is just nutty. 

  • Reverend Clint

    diaz would have to get another couple surgeries to fix his mug

  • Márcio

    This is a bad idea.

  • lukustra

    Noons would have a better chance of beating a real boxer in a ring then Diaz, but depending on who Diaz boxes, he has a chance. He wont bring in a “few million” but again, depending on who his opponent is, he can bring in ~500k or garbage bills.

  • Predator8u

    Listen folks I’m from the 209 where the daiz bro’s are from . i’ve meet nate and his posse once. MY Friend’s SISTER does the Diaz brother’s banking and she says they make a ton of money. Even when they’re not fighting.

    So it’s all just a ego trip because Strikeforce cant offer the fight’s that are important so he needs a new thing to think he’s god at….. which is puppy punching.

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