Scott Coker and the guys from Strikeforce have been trying to put the long overdue grudge match between Jason Miller and Nick Diaz, but their problems continue. Both parties couldn't agree on the weight and it now seems that they will have to find Diaz another opponent for the January show. From Cesar Gracie's official website:
Jason "Mayhem" Miller has opted to not take a fight with Nick Diaz in January at a catchweight of 178lbs.
Despite having previously fought at the 170lbs weight limit, Miller now says that he is unwilling to meet at 178 and instead wants Strikeforce's Welterweight Champion to move up to middleweight to fight him. Miller has stated he would be willing to lose 2 pounds and fight at 183lbs... As of yet Miller has defeated none of the top Strikeforce contenders but did win a fight on MTV's Bully Beatdown show.
Strikeforce will now be searching for a new opponent for Diaz for their January card.
So behind all those jabs on their "official statement", is them putting all the blame on Miller for not willing to fight at 178 lbs despite having fought at 170 before. For those who have been following all the drama, you would know that this is the same exact argument Mayhem had been using, where he blames Cesar Gracie's camp for suddenly not wanting to fight at 183 lbs, even if he had done so in the past.*
This whole soap opera-like scenario reminds me too much of all those failed boxing negotiations. Both camps argued in circles and threw enough crap at each other, that it's starting to make a fight that looked very appealing almost 8 months ago, start to smell like the poop.
If they can't get it done now, just move on completely, as I am pretty certain that I'm not the only person losing interest in this bout... Oh, and I hear there's a certain British fighter who deserves a shot at welterweight gold.
Editor's Note (Kid Nate): Diaz fought Scott Smith at a 180lb catch weight and Frank Shamrock at a 179lb catchweight so I'm not sure what fights Diaz has taken at 183lbs that Miller is referring to.