Here’s more fuel for Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz fire. Jeff Lacy’s boxing promoter Don Chargin who had been working with Nick Diaz’s camp to set up a boxing match between Lacy and Diaz issued a press release today stating that Diaz has opted to forgo boxing for now for an “opportunity of a lifetime” in MMA. Cesar Gracie also made a statement in the release pointing to a special opportunity.
“Right now he has an opportunity of a lifetime as it pertains to his MMA career,” Chargin said. “While I don’t doubt that Nick and his team were serious about taking the big step into boxing, it only makes sense for him to finish what he started and see how far he can go in MMA before he does anything in boxing. It’s all about timing … we began these discussions over two years ago and nobody would have imagined the type of demand that there currently is for Nick as a mixed martial artist.”
“[Boxing] wasn’t just out of nowhere but at this point in time, there’s a certain chance that comes along once in a very long while and it only makes sense to stick to MMA as of right now,” Gracie said. “Nick’s been working really hard to get to this point in his MMA career and it wouldn’t make sense for us to make that transition into boxing right now. If this were a couple months ago or if certain fights had played out differently, we’d definitely be ready to go into boxing, but that’s not how it played out. Don Chargin is a great boxing promoter and he understood our dilemma completely and I thank him for that.”
While the release never specifically refers to a title shot against UFC welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre, I don’t think there’s any question to what they’re referring to. Still, as of now, the fight is not official. Dana White has seemingly acknowledged they’re in talks, but cautioned MMA Junkie that “there are still a lot of hurdles” to overcome. Whatever that means.