Coker Will Discuss Diaz Boxing, But Plans on More MMA


Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker would like to book Nick Diaz (above) vs. Tyron Woodley. | Photo: Dave Mandel


Since stopping Paul Daley on April 9 in an entertaining Strikeforce welterweight title defense, Nick Diaz has sounded more interested in boxing than fighting MMA.

His trainer, Cesar Gracie, has even mentioned first Fernando Vargas and most recently Jeff Lacy as possible opponents. However, Strikeforce promoter Scott Coker doesn’t seem as far along in the process as Diaz’s camp.

“That’s something where we’re going to have a conversation with Cesar and Nick,” Coker said Monday during a “Savage Dog Show” interview. “I know Nick’s always wanted to box. … We’ll see what happens in the future, but we’re expecting Nick to fight back in the cage before the end of the year. He’s going to be busy. We’re going to keep him on a busy schedule.”

Diaz has complained publicly about his pay. He’s also given his opinion that there’s a lack of quality opponents for him in Strikeforce and he’s expressed uncertainty whether he has a future in MMA.

Coker pointed to Tyron Woodley as a worthy challenger. A two-time All-American wrestler at the University of Missouri, he is 6-0 in Strikeforce.

Tyron Woodley has been bugging me all weekend,” Coker said. “Nick doesn’t feel like he has anybody left to fight, but ‘T-Wood’ is a guy that’s getting better and better. I think Nick fighting ‘T-Wood’ is probably his best wrestling test to date. I don’t think Nick’s fought a wrestler that has better skills in wrestling than Tyron. That’s a fight we’re definitely looking at.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 1:09:55).

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 2 days ago
  • 16 views

Coker wants it, "Semtex" does not, but what about Melvin? Scott Coker said he wanted to put on big fights, and this one could be a doozy. Coker, the recently-appointed president of Bellator MMA, is e read news >>

  • 2 hours ago
  • 2 views

Paul Daley is free to fight in the United States again. According to Bellator president Scott Coker, Daley (34-13-2) has finally been granted a working visa from the US government to resume his Bella read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 37 views

Nick Diaz has signed a contract to return to the UFC. The former Strikeforce welterweight champion sign the deal Thursday at UFC headquarters and is eyeing a 2015 return. read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 64 views

Former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz has a tall task ahead of him when he welcomes ex-UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva back to the Octagon on January 31, but his head coach can e read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 225 views

Watch the MMA Beat panelists discuss a variety of compelling topics, including the highly anticipated "super fight" between Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz, the rumours of Eddie Alvarez joining the UFC, read news >>

  • 3 days ago
  • 3 views

If all goes well, two of Bellator's newest signed sluggers are going to square off against each other later this year. Bellator president Scott Coker revealed on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour that read news >>

  • 2 days ago
  • 34 views

Melvin Manhoef and Paul Daley are two of Bellator MMA’s newest signings. read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 27 views

Bellator MMA welterweight Adam McDonough has managed to keep his flawless record intact through 11 professional fights, but that could change when he meets Andrey Koreshkov on Friday.Filed under: Bel read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 38 views

Former UFC welterweight title challenger Nick Diaz has ended his retirement and signed a three-fight deal with the promotion.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>