Update: Former IBF champion Jeff Lacy is reportedly now the front-runner for Nick Diaz’s boxing debut, with Sergio Martinez and Ricardo Mayorga also in the mix, Cesar Gracie has since told Sherdog.
Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz says he’s considering leaving mixed martial arts for a career in boxing following his latest title defense over Paul Daley less than one week ago.
“[Strikeforce] doesn’t have anybody else for me to fight right now, I’m better than all these guys they have,” Diaz told HDNet’s Inside MMA. “The guys they have ranked above me, I’m sure they don’t want to fight me. I don’t see much of a future in this sport for me. I honestly don’t, especially if there’s not a whole [lot] of money going on.”
Diaz’s manager, Cesar Gracie, said Diaz has already signed an agreement to face boxer Fernando Vargas this fall that is simply awaiting Vargas’ signature.
Gracie added that Diaz’ next fight will “definitely” be in boxing unless he’s offered a shot at UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who rematches Yushi Okami at August’s “UFC: Rio” before a possible superfight with UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre.
Vargas would be fighting the for the first time since his 2007 loss to Ricardo Mayorga that pushed his losing streak to three-straight.