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Nick Diaz’s next opponent will be…

…a boxer, at least barring a last-minute deal from the UFC to fight Georges St. Pierre later this year.

According to a press release from former IBF middleweight champ Jeff Lacy’s management team he has signed to fight Nick Diaz at a yet-to-be announced event this fall. A bout between the two had been rumored for months when Diaz first started publicizing his genuine intent to give the sweet science a go and hopefully increase his income in the process.

When contacted for comment on the situation Cesar Gracie by MMAWeekly, Diaz’s trainer and manager, confirmed the match-up was in place and would only be prevented by the UFC offering up St. Pierre “as a sacrifice”.

The prospect of a cross-promotional fight between the talented welterweight champs was amped up a level this past weekend at UFC 129 based up on comments from promotional head Dana White who explained he planned to meet with Diaz to sway him from boxing and acknowledged Diaz was the only legitimate challenge currently waiting for St. Pierre at 170-pounds.

If the two sides are unable to come to an agreement Diaz will look to build on his 1-0 record as a professional boxer against a 25-4 competitor in the sport. Lacy’s last fight came in December where he was outpointed by Dhafir Smith who holds an overall record of 24-20-7.