Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz and former world super middleweight boxing champion Jeff Lacy have agreed to a ten round boxing match.
Jeff Lacy's manager, Joey Gilbert managed said. "Nick Diaz will be making at least the $175,000 he made in his last MMA bout, possibly slightly more." Another interesting development in terms of the payouts followed when Gilbert said "Jeff Lacy is actually making slightly less than Diaz." He then went on to explain that Lacy was willing to take less than a 50/50 split, because he wanted to make sure they got the deal done.
"Right now we're ready to go with an independent pay-per-view, but Showtime would be crazy not to pick this up. Jeff Lacy made his name on Showtime and Nick Diaz is a champion in mixed martial arts and a Showtime fighter."
In folow up remarks, Lacy's manager, Joey Gilbert, provided some further detail and clarification.
"I don't know the exact amount that Nick Diaz is getting for this fight. What I do know is that Jeff took a small percentage less than Nick because he wanted the fight so badly." When I asked him if he could disclose Lacy's purse, Gilbert answered "Jeff will be making $150,000. Knowing that Jeff was only taking slightly less of the purse than Nick and knowing that Diaz was unlikely to take less than he did in his last MMA bout, I think it is easy to put the pieces together on roughly what his purse will be.
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The boxing promoter putting the fight together is confident it will happen, despite the fact that Diaz's trainer/manager Cesar Gracie has said the boxing match could be off if the UFC offered a Strikeorce Welterweight Champion vs UFC Welterweight Champion bout - Nick Diaz vs. GSP. "Barring something like Dana White telling us, 'Hey, we really need you to fight GSP at such-and-such a date and it conflicts with [boxing] – barring that, we're going to fight Lacy," said Gracie.
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