I suppose i don't really mean P4P. I just would have thought Nick himself would see it as a missed opportunity if in 20 years he looks back and knows he missed a chance to fight the best.
I just put Beerbohm and Masvidal in there cos Strikeforce's WW division is a bit empty and Nick has been known to drop weight and go up to fight guys - my point was even with the best on offer for him to fight, Diaz still wont be testing himself against the best there is. Which if he wants to go down as a great he NEEDS to.
At what cost does that UFC contract come with? Guys like Randy, Huerta, Tito, B.J. Penn, Frank Shamrock, and Dan Henderson all left because of the way they were treated or the pay...
Hell, Nick Diaz himself left...
Dana White even cut John Fitch from the UFC roster in a weasel ass move because Fitch didn't want to sign over rights to his name for the UFC Undisputed game...
Alot of lines get blurred when it comes to "the best". GSP, Fitch, Kos I agree. Creme of the crop.
But guys like Thiago Alves.. overyhyped, I doubt Nick is losing sleep over his overrated ass.
In the end, the fighter has to decide what's best for him. And NIck likes to decide when he fights. If Strikeforce doesn't have an opponent for him he'll go grab a paycheck in Japan or a different organization here in the states. He has that option with STRIKEFORCE, to put food on his table at his discretion, not that of a president of another promotion...
The paychecks between Strikeforce and the UFC are almost the same for the marquee fighters but if Nick wants to fight 5 times a year right now.. he has that option.
He wouldn't have that option in the UFC. That might have something to do with it.
Since When? I missed that!
It's been a couple of months now..
Daley and Mayhem are very good fights for him, and by the time he has fought them two Woodley may well be a very credible fight for him too
This is STRIKEFORCE we're talking about you have to remember Coker makes big fights happen.
I'd almost bet Scott feeds Bellators WW top dogs to Nick Diaz as well. Or even Shinya Aoki, the jits in that fight would be nuts...bottem line there are alot of fights possible for Nick Diaz still.
but he still risks being percieved as someone ducking the best like Fedor is if he doesn't make the move at some point.
I think that only matters to people on forums.
Noons is set for a long time in SF - A lot of LW/WW that could expose him though i fear.
I don't think so. He showed his heart, skill, and technique against Nick Diaz, Alot of fighters have not lasted 5 rounds with Nick at such a competitive level.
I really want to see Noons back at LW. He'd be interesting to watch there.