For those who were hoping that former Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz’s jump to the UFC to fight his promotional counterpart Georges St-Pierre had opened the door for other champion vs. champion superfights, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently revealed some likely disappointing news.
Speaking during a pre-fight press conference for this month’s Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson fight card, Coker revealed that Diaz was allowed to jump ship and fight St-Pierre because it was essentially the only thing that would keep him from ditching MMA for boxing in search of a bigger payday.
“When Nick was working his way over to the UFC, we had talks with Cesar [Gracie]. It was a process. It was a very unique situation because of the boxing allowance — that we allowed him to box,” said Coker. “That’s how it ended up working out the way it did. The idea was to keep him in MMA, and Nick used that as a little [bargaining] chip.”
So, don’t get your hopes up to see Gilbert Melendez or Alistair Overeem taking on their UFC opposites — at least anytime soon.
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