Longtime boxing promoter and manager Don Chagrin announced today that he has signed Nick Diaz to a deal which will allow the controversial Diaz to participate in both sports.
“I know the signing of a mixed-martial-arts fighter might be considered controversial by many boxing fans across the world,” Chagrin stated today. “When the subject of mixed martial arts vs. boxing arises, it always comes down to the boxer winning a boxing match easily and vice versa for MMA.”
Diaz was forced to expand his options after he refused to take an impromptu pre-fight drug screening last Friday for his open welterweight title fight against Jay Hieron at “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg.”
Diaz, an admitted marijuana advocate with access to a California medical marijuana card, was ultimately replaced by one-time UFC fighter Jesse Taylor, who now takes on Hieron in a non-title fight this Saturday inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
“After having seen the replays of Diaz’s fights over the course of his career, I truly believe that this kid has what it takes to really make for some very entertaining fights within boxing,” Chagrin stated. “While some would state that he’s merely a slugger possessing a good chin and a heavy work rate, there’s something about his [rhythm] and fighting intelligence that really caught my eye.”
In his only professional boxing match, the 26-year-old southpaw picked up a unanimous decision victory over Alfonso Rocha nearly four years ago.