Nick Diaz Vacates Belt to Face GSP at UFC 137; Strikeforce Will Crown New Welterweight Champion


When Nick Diaz travels to the UFC on Oct 29 to face Georges St-Pierre, he will do so without the Strikeforce welterweight title.

According to UFC President Dana White, Nick Diaz is now a UFC fighter and has vacated his Strikeforce welterweight belt to get a shot at UFC champion Georges St-Pierre.

“He will give up the title, he will give up his Strikeforce title,” White said. “He will come in and fight Georges St-Pierre, two guys will fight for the vacant belt in Strikeforce and we’ll go from there.”

White stated that Diaz could go back to Strikeforce at some point in the future if he chose, but for now he is strictly a UFC fighter.

No decisions have been made at this time regarding who will fight for the belt or when that fight will take place.

At the top of the Strikeforce welterweight division right now the two names that would likely first pop to mind would be the last title contender in the weight class, Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley, and former Missouri wrestler Tyron Woodley.

There is also a pivotal welterweight match coming up in July between Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos and Tarec Saffiedine that could play a role in determining one of the top contenders.

Diaz will face St-Pierre in the main event of UFC 137 on Oct 29 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with the UFC welterweight title on the line.


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