May 24th, 2011 By Pedro FernandezDANA WHITE GETS HIS WAY………AGAIN!
San Francisco, CA- There is nothing quite like a fight in which the masses are unclear as to who will win. That’s why Manny Pacquiao’s reputation and aura among non-Filipinos has faded dramatically in the last year because Manny has been fighting “set ups.” That being said, the signed boxing match between Strikeforce MMA welterweight champ (170 lbs) Nick Diaz and boxer Jeff Lacy is dead in the water.
UFC COUNTERED WITH MONEY, TITLE FIGHT & POSSIBLE TV ROLE
It appears that Diaz of Stockton, CA, whom I picked to beat Jeff Lacy, a 2000 Olympic boxing and ex-IBF champ at 168 fighting out of Florida, was “snuffed out” during a 2 PM PT conference call on Monday that had Diaz’s manager Cesar Gracie, UFC czar Dana White and other plugged in. The word from a source, to which Gracie would neither confirm or deny is that Diaz will get a bout with the Canadian “greaser” Georges St. Pierre, considered by many the best MMA fighter in the world.
WILL NICK CAPTAIN THE UFC REALITY TV SHOW?
When I asked Gracie if Nick would be lead a team of fighters in the Pike TV series, “The Ultimate Fighter” against a team led by St. Pierre, manager Gracie hemmed and hawed, again neither confirming or denying such. The shooting of the series is set to begin on June 4, but with me having a tremendous amount of respect for Diaz, I don’t see him performing well in that role.
MONEY MATCH VS, CANADIAN “GREASER” WHAT NICK WANTS MOST
Although Diaz was pumped up over the prospect of fighting Lacy in a boxing match, Dana White feels that a loss would not only lessen Diaz’s value, but it would hurt the UFC overall. In other words, White, a prick, as well as a genius to many, was willing to let boxer James Toney, obese and out of shape, tussle with now retired UFC legend Randy Couture in an MMA bout, but won’t approve a Diaz-Lacy boxing match.
DIAZ HAS ONE BOXING MATCH IN CONTRACT!
Truth of the matter is Diaz, a Strikeforce champion had a “one boxing match” clause in his Strikeforce contract. But with White against it, although legal analysts suggest Diaz would beat White in court, the battle would take two years meaning Diaz wouldn’t be fighting for two years. Plus, White has zillions of dollars and Diaz and company don’t. Thus, although Team Diaz would likely win, they would in essence lose.
CHARGIN KNEW FRIDAY IT WASN’T HAPPENING!
Boxing promoter Don Chargin, the man who had signed both Diaz and Lacy to a boxing contract, told me on Friday that the fight was dead. Diaz’s manager Cesar Gracie confirmed such Monday evening. Although he is looking out for his own interests, Diaz whipping a one-armed Lacy, the left hooker who because of injuries and surgeries no longer has that vaunted left hook, would have been a plus for White, the UFC and Zuffa Sports, the UFC’s parent company.
WHY CALL ST. PIERRE A “GREASER” YOU ASK?
Because in his match with BJ Penn a couple of years ago, his corner applied Vaseline, which is prohibited to his back and shoulders, making it extremely difficult for Penn to try and take the “greased” up Canadian down.