Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz is angry with his treatment by the promotion and is looking for respect and a big payday in the world of professional boxing. Diaz’s trainer/manager Cesar Gracie revealed during an appearance on HDNet’s Inside MMA that his charge has already committed to his second pro boxing bout and is now only waiting for an opponent.
Though he once vowed to stay out of Strikeforce’s affairs in the wake of Zuffa’s purchase of the promotion, UFC president Dana White recently revealed to gathered media at the UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields pre-fight press conference that he intends to meet with the Stockton brawler in order to discuss his future plans.
“I’ll say the same thing I always say about Nick: he’s a tough one to deal with,” said White. “He doesn’t play the game well. I think the kid has potential. Forget about fighting -– he has the potential to be a star. But for some reason he’s an anti-star. I know for a fact that boxing isn’t for him, because I’ve been in boxing for years. All of the boxers wish they were involved with us.
“So now that we’re involved, literally after this fight is over, I’m going to fly over to see Nick Diaz. We’re going to sit down and talk.”
Diaz last appeared in action earlier this month taking out Paul Daley via first round TKO in one of the most exciting single rounds in MMA history.