Courtesy of Strikeforce, there will be one less welterweight champion standing in the unemployment line. On Tuesday, the San Jose, California based promotion announced they have inked Nick Diaz to a multi-year contract extension.
“I’m looking forward to continuing my career with Strikeforce,” said Diaz. “When I first got here, there weren’t a lot of great 170 pound fighters for me to fight, but that’s definitely changed. There’s a lot of really good fighters in the division now and I’m ready to fight anyone who thinks they can beat me.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. However, marijuana dispensaries throughout the Stockton, CA area couldn’t be more pleased with today’s news.
The habitual division-hopper owns an underrated 23-7 (1 NC) professional record, but has emerged a completely different fighter since settling in the 170-pound weight class. Diaz became Strikeforce’s first 170-pound title holder by defeating Marius Zaromskis in January.
The 27-year-old was last seen steamrolling bitter rival KJ Noons in October.
Diaz will defend his crown against Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos in the Strikeforce’s January 29th show.