So it appears that professional boxing is the natural progression for MMA fighters that are having difficulty in their own sport. Longtime boxing promoter and manager Don Chagrin announced today that he has signed Nick Diaz to a deal which will allow the controversial Diaz to participate in both sports.
“I know the signing of a mixed-martial-arts fighter might be considered controversial by many boxing fans across the world,” Chagrin stated in today’s release. “When the subject of mixed martial arts vs. boxing arises, it always comes down to the boxer winning a boxing match easily and vice versa for MMA.”
Diaz was forced to expand his options after he refused to take an impromptu pre-fight drug screening last Friday for his welterweight title fight against Jay Hieron at “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg.”
Diaz, an admitted weed lover with access to a California medical marijuana card, was ultimately replaced by one-time UFC fighter Jesse Taylor, who now takes on Hieron in a non-title fight this Saturday inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
“After having seen the replays of Diaz’s fights over the course of his career, I truly believe that this kid has what it takes to really make for some very entertaining fights within boxing,” said Chagrin. “While some would state that he’s merely a slugger possessing a good chin and a heavy work rate, there’s something about his [rhythm] and fighting intelligence that really caught my eye.”
Diaz now joins the likes of Andrei Arlovski, Tim Sylvia and KJ Noons as mixed martial artists who have chosen to try their luck at the more lucrative combat sport.
In his only professional boxing match, the 26-year-old southpaw picked up a 4Round unanimous decision victory over Alfonso Rocha nearly four years ago.
Chagrin stated he received permission from Strikeforce for Diaz to pull double duty, and that no date or opponent has been set for the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ace.
Hopefully, Chagrin and Diaz are aware that boxing requires their contestants to submit clean drug tests as well …