As we reported yesterday, Strikeforce has locked down the services of their popular welterweight champion Nick Diaz with a “multi-year contract.”
It is currently unknown exactly how many years the contract will keep Diaz within the Strikeforce promotion, or how many fights Diaz is obligated to under the contract. The Stockton kid commented on the contract extension in a Strikeforce press release.
“I’m looking forward to continuing my career with Strikeforce,” he said.
A veteran of both the UFC and Pride Fighting Championships and sporting a record of 23-7, Diaz is considered by many to be one of the sport’s top 170-pounders. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt won the Strikeforce welterweight strap by defeating Marius Zaromskis by first round TKO in at the beginning of this year. He defended the belt once, against old rival KJ Noons; however, the Cesar Gracie fight team member owns a 4-0 record in Strikeforce, having defeated other opponents in catchweight bouts.
Diaz pointed to the recent influx of talented welterweights into Strikeforce as the main reason he has decided to stick around.
“When I first got here, there weren’t a lot of great 170-pound fighters for me to fight, but that’s definitely changed,” Diaz said. “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.”
Diaz’s next title defense is slated to come against Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, this January 29th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.