[adinserter block=”1″]The latest chapter in the Nick Diaz saga may have been written this week. Diaz reportedly met with Dana White at the UFC offices Thursday. GSP fight, The Ultimate Fighter 14 coach, let the speculation begin!
Mike Chiapetta of MMAFighting.com broke the news on Twitter Thursday after Diaz was spotted with White at the UFC’s headquarters.
“A little birdy tells me Nick Diaz just walked into a meeting with Dana White at the UFC offices.” Cesar Gracie confirmed the meeting on his Facebook page.
As of this writing nothing has been reported anywhere regarding the meeting other than Chiapetta’s tweet. However, for Diaz’s MMA fans worried that the Strikeforce welterweight champion’s next fight will be in a boxing ring, it is a step in the right direction. I can’t imagine anything but good coming out of the meeting.
Diaz announced a couple of weeks ago that he had signed to make his professional boxing debut against Jeff Lacey. The promoters were looking at September for the fight. Diaz has also made it clear in recent weeks that he is frustrated with his MMA career, citing a lack of money and quality opponents. This comes after Diaz defeated Paul Daley in the first round, clinching his tenth win in a row.
Many saw the fight announcement as the first shot in a battle with Dana White to get a fight with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. GSP is one of the biggest draws in MMA and a fight between both champions would net Diaz his biggest career payday. The fight would also end any complaints from Diaz about competition. Diaz’s camp was straight forward and told the media when the fight was announced that they would delay the fight if the UFC signed Diaz vs. GSP.
“Barring something like (UFC president) Dana White telling us, ‘Hey, we really need you to fight GSP at such-and-such a date and it conflicts with [boxing] – barring that, we’re going to fight Lacy,” said Diaz’s manager Cesar Gracie.
Dana White has recently expressed interest in a Diaz vs. GSP fight as well, especially after St-Pierre beat Jake Shields. While White originally said that he wanted to keep Strikeforce and UFC fighters separate, he recently changed his mind when asked whether he would have to wait to make a Diaz vs. GSP fight saying, “I can do what I want to do”.
The meeting comes a day after the UFC announced that a date in Montreal, the home of Georges St-Pierre. The UFC has booked the Bell Centre for December 10. What better way to sell out the Bell Centre than to bring the hated Diaz to Montreal to fight the hometown hero in a battle of champions?
[adinserter block=”1″]Maybe it is coincidence but the meeting also comes a day after the UFC’s plans to have a Chael Sonnen vs. Michael Bisping season on The Ultimate Fighter fell apart after Sonnen had his license revoked. Sonnen’s license revocation came just 18 days before the show was scheduled to begin taping. Former TUF winner Diego Sanchez has recently sent Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White a tweet about wanting to coach against Diaz on the show. If Spike TV and the UFC needed two polarizing personalities to fill Sonnen and Bisping’s shoes, who better than Nick Diaz and Diego Sanchez?
Regardless of how this plays out it appears that something is in the works for Nick Diaz. Diaz hasn’t fought in the UFC in almost five years, leaving with a three-fight win streak in hand. Even outside of the UFC, Dana White has always said complimentary things about Diaz citing that he would bring him back if Diaz “did business.”
It appears that Nick Diaz is ready to do business…or at least is thinking about it.
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