Assuming all goes according to plan, Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz will return to the ring on January 29 at a yet-to-be-announced event in San Jose against an opponent of equal mystery. However, MMA fans will be happy to know rival Jason “Mayhem” Miller hasn’t been fully ruled out as potentially filling the vacant slot opposite Diaz.
News of the Stockton native’s plans for the immediate future, as well as his willingness to face Miller early next year, came by way of a radio conversation between Cesar Gracie and MMAJunkie.
Gracie explained his camp, including Diaz, were still opposed to taking on Miller at 185-pounds but open to the idea of a catch-weight bout at 178. However, until such a match-up is offered, the controversial champion will continue to train for competition at his standard weight.
Diaz is 23-7 overall in his career and has won his last eight fights. He’s only been finished a single time in his career while compiling victories over respectable opponents including Scott Smith, Robbie Lawler, Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, and K.J. Noons.