Cesar Gracie: The UFC Said Give Up Boxing, We’ll Give You GSP, So Nick Diaz Signed An Eight-Fight Deal

After Georges St-Pierre defeated Diaz’s teammate and close friend Jake Shields at UFC 129 in Toronto, Shields immediately spoke up for Diaz to get the next crack at the title. Diaz was set to face boxer Jeff Lacy in a match-up this fall, but the Stockton, California, native ultimately got the challenge he was looking for to remain an MMA fighter and face the UFC welterweight champion this October.

It has now been revealed by Diaz’ coach and mentor, Cesar Gracie that the Strikeforce welterweight champion has signed a new eight-fight contract with Zuffa LLC which will allow him to compete both with the UFC and Strikeforce in the coming months, with the first fight obviously being at UFC 137 on October 29th against UFC welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre.

This will be Diaz’s first appearance in the Octagon since UFC 65 in October 2006 when he TKO’d American Top Team fighter Gleison Tibau.

Cesar Gracie, speaking via MMAFighting.com, revealed this about the deal:

-The fight was announced today, which is when the contract arrived at Zuffa offices. Diaz signed the bout agreement yesterday.
-Diaz has signed a new eight-fight deal with Zuffa that will reportedly allow him to fight in both Strikeforce and UFC.
-The deal he signed did NOT involve him boxing and, in fact, expressly forbid it.
-Zuffa allegedly more or less told Gracie and Diaz that if he gave up boxing they would give him GSP and that’s all it took for the pugilist dreams to die.
-The fight location came down to either somewhere in Canada or Las Vegas. Gracie told UFC he would prefer Vegas, but would fight wherever.
-Gracie hopes this marks the end of Diaz’s run in Strikeforce and said he believes the only reason Diaz would return is if he loses this fight against St. Pierre.
-Gracie says that while dominant wrestlers have given Diaz a great deal of trouble in the past, he will counter the strong grappling game of GSP with his “true black-belt jiu-jitsu.”

Cesar Gracie, speaking via MMAWeekly.com, said:

“Absolutely. We would have not given up boxing if they had not offered GSP. The conversation was give up boxing, we’ll give you GSP, It’s that simple. Nick wants challenges, he wants big fights, he wants to get to the next level, and the only way he was giving up the Lacy fight was if they offered him GSP.”

“That whole thing was complete misinformation. I kind of laughed when I saw that cause I knew the fight was happening. It was a reality, we just had to clear a couple of things, do things the right way. We’re very excited about it. GSP is about to encounter a true fighter.”

“I’m looking forward to Nick making his triumphant return to the UFC. And becoming UFC champion.”

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