Rumors have been picking up a lot of steam over the past week that Nick Diaz would be skipping the rumored boxing match with Jeff Lacy and would instead face Georges St. Pierre in Montreal in December. Diaz's boxing promoter, Don Chargin, sent out a press release earlier to announce that Nick was pulling out of talks to box in the near future. From the release:
Team Diaz had contemplated transitioning over to the boxing world in a legitimate attempt to pursue a high-level boxing career. These discussions began in 2009 with long-time boxing promoter, Don Chargin and proceeded up until recent times.
Never before in the history of both sports had a pound-for-pound MMA combatant in his prime had the desire or been contractually free to attempt to transition over to boxing.
The landscape of Mixed-Martial Arts moves at a rapid pace and while Diaz's chance to make history, becoming the first true cross-over MMA star to enter the boxing ring, an opportunity arose for Nick to make a different sort of history in his primary field of fighting.
Don Chargin states, "Nick is a good kid and a very exciting fighter. Right now he has an opportunity of a lifetime as it pertains to his MMA career. 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."
The press release goes on to see Cesar Gracie talk more about how it makes sense to stick with MMA for the time being.
To be clear, the Diaz/Lacy bout was more than just a rumor. It was a deal that had been agreed to but Diaz would be able to back out of if needed. I don't think your average, run-of-the-mill MMA bout would make Diaz pass up his opportunity to box.
As I've been saying around these parts for a few days now, what I'm hearing has a Diaz vs. GSP fight being announced as early as Tuesday but I would guess it will happen by Thursday.