Nick Diaz

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After the acquisition of ProElite’s assets, many fighters had the opportunity to hit the free agent market or sign with Strikeforce. It appears perennial contender Nick Diaz has gone with the latter, and will most likely make his return at the April Strikeforce event. The report comes directly from Diaz’s manager, Cesar Gracie, via

Nick Diaz will most likely be fighting in late March or early April for StrikeForce. His last bout was to have taken place in Dream against Sakurai, but Japanese television executives nixed the match and replaced Sakurai’s opponent for a former pro wrestler they hoped would muster better ratings.

His opponent has yet to be named and final contracts have not been signed, however StrikeForce is committed to securing a marquee matchup for Diaz.

The last time we saw Diaz step into the cage he looked sharp in a win over Thomas Denny. He’s on a three-fight win streak and will look to push that to four. Diaz is used to competing at EliteXC’s lightweight limit of 160 lbs so it is unsure whether he will make the cut to Strikeforce’s 155lb. division or fight at welterweight.