Nick Diaz Snubs a Contract from Zuffa

Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IApril 16, 2011

Nick Diaz may be more serious about his move to boxing then previously thought.

According to Cesar Gracie on Cage, Diaz and Gracie actually snubbed a contract offer from Zuffa, the parent company of both the UFC and now Strikeforce.

Diaz and Gracie actually were able to amend Diaz's contract to allow him to make a move to boxing if he wanted to. 

"[Diaz] thinks Jake will probably beat GSP, so it kind of makes a moot point of him going up (to the UFC)," Gracie said. "(He’s) just kind of not happy with the landscape. He’s just weighing options right now."

After UFC purchased Strikeforce in early March, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker was kept around. But to Gracie, he doesn't really have anything left in his company.

"I don’t even know how much in charge of things he is any more," Gracie said. "Ultimately, it’s going to have to go through the UFC, so the only people to talk about it with would be them. What am I going to talk to Scott about? He doesn’t own anything any more."

Gracie is actually working closely with Zuffa to help guide the career of Strikeforce's welterweight champion, Diaz.

After Strikeforce was sold to Zuffa, they asked for all fighters on the Strikeforce roster to sign new contracts due to the purchase. 

Diaz has reportedly had a match with Fernando Vargas set up, but according to Gracie, things don't look so good for that fight and Diaz could end up fighting either Jeff Lacy or Sergio Martinez.

"We were talking about Vargas, but the thing is, I just came under some information that Vargas apparently has some kind of medical issue where he’s not able to pass the test any more, and he could be retiring," Gracie said. "Vargas was very interested, but unfortunately, if he can’t pass the test, he can’t pass the test."