A report from HDNet states that Nick Diaz‘s manager, Cesar Gracie has stated if Dana White does not offer Diaz a fight with Anderson Silva, the Strikeforce welterweight champ’s next fight will be a boxing match against Fernando Vargas.
In fact, according to Gracie, Diaz has already signed the contract to fight Vargas.* Diaz does have great boxing for MMA. How it would translate to the boxing ring remains to be seen. Vargas is a 26-5 light middleweight with 22 KO’s.
Diaz says he doesn’t see much of a future in MMA for himself, and Gracie reveals the news of the boxing contract in this video preview of Inside MMA which will appear in its entirety Friday night at 9 p.m. ET on HDNet.
*Editor’s note: Say what you will, but when Gracie mentions Diaz has signed the boxing contract he scratches his nose — I know this sounds whacky, but in psychology that means he’s not telling the whole truth. Just sayin.
UPDATE (9 p.m. CT): See — that nose scratch thing is a “tell” just like in poker. MMAJunkie has since released a report saying this fight with Vargas is not happening. Cesar Gracie commented:
“We were talking about Vargas, but the thing is, I just came under some information that Vargas apparently has some kind of medical issue where he’s not able to pass the test any more, and he could be retiring,” Gracie said. “Vargas was very interested, but unfortunately, if he can’t pass the test, he can’t pass the test.”
Pffft, how ya like that? Well, Diaz still wants to box, but instead of Vargas it looks like they have their eyes set on 33-year-old Jeff Lacy. Lacy is a super middleweight with a record of 30-4, 1 NC with 17 KO’s.
The Stockton brawler is in a very precarious position really. There is really no one left in Strikeforce’s 170-pound division that Diaz seems interested or motivated to fight.
The Inside MMA report said he wanted a fight with Anderson Silva, but Silva is tied up until at least August when he fights Yushin Okami in Brazil. Diaz’s teammate is fighting for the UFC welterweight title against Georges St-Pierre.
So where does this leave the Stockton brawler? Is boxing the best choice at this point or can Zuffa find their champion an opponent that motivates him?