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Nick Diaz to Return to Welterweight Division Following June 6th Catchweight Bout

Nick DiazNick Diaz, who defeated former Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock via second-round TKO in a 179-pound catchweight bout in April, will return to the 170-pound welterweight division following his June 6th 180-pound catchweight showdown with Scott Smith.

From Diaz’s trainer Cesar Gracie:

“With a title fight against Cung Le nowhere on the horizon Nick will probably be going back down to the 170lbs division. I know there’s been speculation about a rematch with Robbie Lawler, but Diaz will be dropping weight as he picks up his running and cardio training.

As far as a return to lightweight is concerned, forget it. Unless BJ Penn or some other mega fight comes up he won’t return to that weight class. It just isn’t healthy. He was having terrible performances against B-level fighters. The weight drop was causing lots of health related problems and he wasn’t performing to his ability. If you put Anderson Silva at lightweight he’d get crushed cause he’d enter the cage half dead. Now we got guys that are running around bragging about how good they did with Diaz when he was a lightweight.

After this fight we’ll have Nick drop back down to 170lbs and probably stay there unless Strikeforce has something interesting for him.”

In related news, IFL veteran Jay Hieron, a winner of four-straight including a first-round knockout of Jason High at Affliction: Day of Reckoning in January, recently told MMAjunkie he accepted the June bout with Diaz before Scott Smith was tapped for the matchup. According to Hieron, who was also offered a spot in the DREAM welterweight grand prix, he’s now likely to return at Affliction’s third show on August 1st or 15th.

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