Diaz Set To Defend 170-Pound Title Against Evangelista Cyborg January 29th Live on Showtime From HP Pavilion in San Jose, California
World Welterweight Champion and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt (23-7, 1 NC) has signed a new, multi-year agreement with the San Jose, California-based world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion.
“I’m looking forward to continuing my career with STRIKEFORCE,” said the dynamic 27-year-old Diaz, a protégé of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master Cesar Gracie and resident of Stockton, California. “When I first got here, there weren’t a lot of great 170-pound fighters for me to fight, but that’s definitely changed. 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.”
Of late, the 6-foot-1 Diaz has been unstoppable, winning his last eight matchups. In his last effort, he settled a three-year-old score with arch rival K.J. Noons, out-striking Noons en route to a five-round unanimous decision at HP Pavilion in San Jose last October 9th.
Five months prior to the victory over Noons, the no-nonsense Diaz, one of MMA’s most intriguing figures, ventured to Saitama, Japan, to face top-ranked rival Hayato “Mach” Sakurai in a DREAM promoted affair. To the surprise of many, the southpaw Diaz made quick work of Sakurai, submitting thefighter with an armbar at the 3:54 mark of the first round.
Diaz was crowned the first STRIKEFORCE MMA welterweight champion in history on January 30, 2010, after he scored a thunderous first round (4:38) TKO on rising star Marius “The Whitemare” Zaromskis with an onslaught of punches at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.
Diaz’ next challenge and second title defense is set for Saturday, January 29, 2011, when he will square off with Brazilian powerhouse Evangelista Cyborg (18-13) in the main event of a stacked STRIKEFORCE fight card at HP Pavilion, live on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).