If you ask Cesar Gracie, Jason “Mayhem” Miller is playing a game of dodgeball. Nick Diaz’s longtime trainer claims Miller was offered a catchweight bout against the Strikeforce welterweight champ, but opted to turn it down.
The bitter rivals have exchanged countless disses since their infamous Nashville brawl in April, with both seemingly willing to settle their differences inside the cage. Although the 185-pounder has been more aggressive in trying to secure the scrap, Gracie professes it’s all a facade.
At the same time, the stakes are higher now that Diaz dons the title in a smaller weight class. Division hopping isn’t the ideal blueprint for an athlete looking to make the welterweight class his own, and that’s why Diaz’s camp was hoping to meet in the middle.
Here is what the jiu jitsu genius had to say of Miller:
“Jason “Mayhem” Miller has opted to not take a fight with Nick Diaz in January at a catchweight of 178lbs.
Despite having previously fought at the 170lbs weight limit, Miller now says that he is unwilling to meet at 178 and instead wants Strikeforce’s Welterweight Champion to move up to middleweight to fight him.
Miller has stated he would be willing to lose 2 pounds and fight at 183lbs. As of yet Miller has defeated none of the top Strikeforce contenders but did win a fight on MTV’s Bully Beatdown show.
Strikeforce will now be searching for a new opponent for Diaz for their January card.”
The San Jose, California based promotion is expected to host their first major fight card of 2011 on January 29th inside the HP Pavilion. Unfortunately, it looks like it won’t be Miller Time for Diaz.