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Old 06-09-2011, 07:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Nick Diaz Vacates Strikeforce WW Title

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Dana White was full of big news today. In addition to the five round UFC main events from now on, he also had a little tidbit to offer regarding Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz. Because he will be taking on Georges St. Pierre for the UFC welterweight title at UFC 137, Diaz gave up his Strikeforce title. MMAWeekly has it:

According to UFC President Dana White, Nick Diaz is now a UFC fighter and has vacated his Strikeforce welterweight belt to get a shot at UFC champion Georges St-Pierre.

White stated that Diaz could go back to Strikeforce at some point in the future if he chose, but for now he is strictly a UFC fighter.

As for the Strikeforce welterweight belt, White said that two fighters from that organization will fight later this year to determine a new champion.

Diaz won the title with a first round stoppage of Marius Zaromskis at Strikeforce: Miami in January 2010. He successfully defended the title three times since then, defeating K.J. Noons, Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, and most recently Paul Daley. While there is no word on who will contend for the newly vacant title, Daley and Tyron Woodley would be the logical favorites in a shallow Strikeforce welterweight division. Santos is scheduled to take on Tarec Saffiedine in late July, but no other meaningful welterweight fights are on the horizon for Strikeforce. This leaves Gilbert Melendez as the sole Cesar Gracie-trained champion in the organization
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Can't say I didn't see it coming, what with him signing a multi-fight deal with the UFC.

Who do you guys think the two fighters will be and who will win it?

My money is on Daley and possibly Woodley or maybe Cyborg? Not sure. SF's WW division isn't exactly deep :\

My money is also on Daley to take the belt and keep it.
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Old 06-09-2011, 08:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can't say I didn't see it coming, what with him signing a multi-fight deal with the UFC.

Who do you guys think the two fighters will be and who will win it?

My money is on Daley and possibly Woodley or maybe Cyborg? Not sure. SF's WW division isn't exactly deep :\

My money is also on Daley to take the belt and keep it.
My money is on quite a few UFC WWs making the switch to Strikeforce and trying to win the WW title.

SF's WW division is by far the weakest division in ..... all of MMA, if i really think about it.

A lot of UFC WWs talking about wanting to become UFC champions know their chances are ZERO, with GSP around at WW.

So, they might settle for the next best thing: go after the SF title.

Maybe.....it's better to be the SF WW champion than to be an eternal mid tier UFC WW.

Favourite candidates: Hardy, Lytle, Wilks, Matt Brown, DeMarques, Pierson, Riddle + a lot of the TUF 13 contestants - at least those who won at the TUF 13 Finale event + Nijem.

Would make the SF WW division look MUCH better.
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Nick Diaz Officially Vacates Strikeforce WW Title

Diaz has vacated his Strikeforce WW title, he is now a UFC fighter, he can go back to Strikeforce if he wants in the future but he isnt the champ.

Two WW from SF will fight for the title later this year.

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Business as usual!

Exciting times. I've got GSP over Diaz, much as I love the guy, but am looking forward to Nick making a splash in the UFC regardless. Be it at MW or WW.
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Old 06-09-2011, 09:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If this were boxing Diaz would drop the WW belt into a trashcan at a press conference and said whoever winds up with it is a garbage picker.
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And now the SF WW division is weak and will never be the same, unless Diaz goes back when he loses, doubt he will though as there are some interesting matchups in the UFC.
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Strikeforce has two other welter weights? So how many fights before he gets sent back to strikeforce. You usually get fired for three losses which he will receive if they don't feed fighters outside of the top ten to him after GSP dominates him.
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KJ Noons vs Paul Daley for the WW title?
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Not too surprised. I think he will go back after GSP or fitch beats him. Really sucks that him and shields are in the same division now. They will pull the same thing fitch and koscheck do.
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