Nick Diaz Vacates Strikeforce Belt in Hopes of Taking Georges St-Pierre’s UFC Title

Written by Tom Ngo
June 9th, 2011

Strikeforce Nick Diaz

When Dana White announced the super-fight between 170-pound Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz and UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre, the UFC president left countless unanswered questions because he did so via Twitter. The social media network only allows 140 characters per post.

Since White didn’t attend any media junkets for last week’s “The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale,” today was the first time MMA’s ultimate shot caller was able to face the firing squad.

According to White, Diaz has agreed to vacate his Strikeforce strap in order to challenge GSP at UFC 137. The controversial grappler is once again a UFC-only fighter … Although, White said Diaz could rejoin the San Jose, California based promotion somewhere down the line.

In regards to Strikeforce’s now-abandoned belt, White said two of Strikeforce’s top 170-pounders will battle later this year for the hardware.

While White didn’t mention any athletes by name, former UFC slugger Paul “Semtex” Daley and Tyron Woodley immediately come to mind. However, the victor of the pivotal July match between Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos and Tarec Saffiedine could also have a say.

UFC 137 takes place October 27th inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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