Nick Diaz Signs New Multi-Year Deal With Strikeforce

Nick Diaz KJ Noons Punch Strikeforce

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Controversial champion re-signs with Strikeforce

Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz won’t be testing the free agency waters after all.

Strikeforce officials today announced that the controversial California-based fighter has signed a new multi-year agreement with the promotion.

“I’m looking forward to continuing my career with Strikeforce,” Diaz said.

Diaz is currently riding an eight-fight win streak that includes victories over K.J. Noons, Scott Smith, Marius Zaromskis and Hayato “Mach” Sakurai. He is scheduled to defend his title against Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos in the main event of Strikeforce’s Showtime-televised event on Jan. 29.

Diaz says he likes the competition currently available to him in the Strikeforce welterweight division.

“When I first got here, there weren’t a lot of great 170-pound fighters for me to fight, but that’s definitely changed,” Diaz said. “There’s a lot of really good fighters in the division now, and I’m ready to fight anyone who thinks they can beat me.”