Nick Diaz is currently one of the Strikeforce promotion’s biggest stars, and is widely considered to be one of the most entertaining fighters in the sport, yet he’s recently expressed his dissatisfaction with his current position and has stated his intention to pursue an ambition to compete at the highest level in the boxing ring.
Diaz recently renewed contract with Strikeforce does allow him to compete in boxing, and big name boxers like Fernando Vergas and Jeff Lacy have already been mentioned as potential opponents, but it’s clear that the promotion would rather that he focused on his mixed martial arts career instead.
With that said it appears that UFC president Dana White, who now essentially owns the Strikeforce company after the recent takeover deal by Zuffa, is set to take a hands-on role in the situation.
“I’m going to sit down with Nick Diaz, literally, after this fight and try to figure out what’s next for him,” White tells MMAWeekly.
There’s no doubt that White holds a lot more power and influence than Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, and has a good relationship with both Diaz brothers. That being said Diaz is a unique and temperamental character who dances to the beat of his own drum so it will be very interesting to see what comes of the meeting.
More than likely White will be looking to steer diaz focus back towards the cage, but Diaz appears to be disillusioned with the lack of competition at 170lbs for him in Strikeforce’s roster. It’s believed that the Stockton native is only interested in big name / big money crossover fights with UFC stars like Georges St.Pierre and Anderson Silva, but so far White has indicated that he wants to have the two promotions remain separate entities.
That leaves White in a tricky position heading into these negotiations, but it’s nothing new to the UFC boss.
“For the last 10 years, I’ve dealt with the craziest, the cruelest, the baddest, the this, the that, and I’ve always tried to make everybody happy,” he said. “You can’t make them all happy, but you can try.”