Thanks to MMA Junkie for the following article about Nick Diaz: his boxing match with Jeff Lacy and future fight with GSP.

“At first glance, it appears boxing has won the battle for Nick Diaz’s heart.

A press release issued today announced that the Strikeforce welterweight champion has signed to fight former IBF champion Jeff Lacy in the fall of this year.

Yet Diaz’s representative today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the fighter is willing to forgo a trip to the ring in the event that a fight materializes with welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

“Barring something like (UFC president) 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 Diaz manager and trainer Cesar Gracie.
Of the possibility of Diaz vacating the bout with Lacy for a fight with St-Pierre, Gracie said he’d informed Chagrin about the contingency and the promoter would “have to be cool with that.”

Chagrin could not be reached for comment at the time of this writing.
A date and venue is set for Diaz vs. Lacy but is being kept under wraps.

Diaz aligned himself with boxing promoter Don Chagrin two years ago but continued to fight and flourish in MMA, winning the Strikeforce welterweight title and defending it three times. This past December, he signed a new multi-fight contract with Strikeforce that allowed him one professional boxing match in 2011.

That was four months before the UFC purchased Strikeforce. However, Diaz’s original contract stayed intact, and White has said his promotion will honor the deal. White nonetheless said this past week that he planned to meet with the fighter in his hometown of Stockton, Calif., to discuss future plans.

But that meeting has not materialized, Gracie said, and getting word from the UFC appears to be the missing piece of the current booking puzzle.

Following St-Pierre’s methodical defeat of Jake Shields this past Saturday at UFC 129, Diaz’s has been bandied about as perhaps the only fighter under the Zuffa umbrella that would make an entertaining fight with the welterweight champ.

The Diaz camp hopes that both the Lacy and St-Pierre will happen this year.

“My whole thing has been to have Nick box and then fight GSP,” Gracie said. “If [the UFC] is serious about Nick fighting GSP, and if the fight happens in the fall, then yeah, we’re probably going to go with that fight.”

Diaz, who this past month defended his belt with an impressive TKO of Paul Daley, has often railed against a disparity in pay between boxers and MMA fighters and complained that he is underpaid despite several six-figure payouts in his time with Strikeforce. Of his deal to fight Lacy, Gracie declined to give a specific number but said the Strikeforce champ will “definitely make more money than he does in MMA.”

And though Diaz’s boxing career is closer than ever to being a reality, Gracie said a big-time MMA fight still has the pull to bring him back to the sport in which he began his career.

“We’re trying to work with the UFC and not step on any toes over there,” he said. “It’s been a work in progress, and they probably at this point have the ultimate say.”

The 34-year-old Lacy has hit rocky times since losing his IBF super-middleweight title to Joe Calzaghe in March 2006. The Floridian is 3-3 in recent competition and is coming off back-to-back losses against former champ Roy Jones Jr. and Dhafir Smith.”

Nick Diaz is the man