Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz has been very vocal lately about wanting to receive better payment for fighting, and his coach/manager Cesar Gracie recently told ESPN.com that the Stockon scrapper may turn to boxing soon in search of a big payday.
“In boxing, when you’re a superstar, you get millions of dollars,” said Gracie. “In MMA, you’re not making that kind of money.”
Gracie revealed that he and his student have already been in contact with a reliable promoter and are looking to take a bout around Diaz’s current fighting weight of 170 pounds.
“We’re in negotiations right now with [boxing promoter] Don Chargin,” he said. “We would very much like to take a boxing match. It would probably be at super middleweight [168 pounds].”
Diaz has competed once as a professional boxer, taking out Alfonso Rocha by unanimous decision in the super middleweight class back in 2005. Though he is only 1-0 as a boxer, Diaz’s MMA record of 23-7 should be enough to secure a bout against a respected boxer and he is already looking at two such fighters.
“There have been a few names kicked around. One of them is Fernando Vargas; another is Ricardo Mayorga,” Gracie explained.
Before Diaz can turn his attention to a boxing match, he must take on Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos in defense of his Strikeforce welterweight championship this Saturday night.