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Is Nick Diaz a top 10 pound-for pound fighter?

Nick Diaz, right, punches Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos in

Nick Diaz, right, punches Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos in the second round of a Strikeforce welterweight championship bout. Diaz won by submission in the second round to retain his championship. (Jan. 29, 2011) Credit: AP

Bout agreements are in place, both camps said. So, it looks like Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz could wind up boxing Jeff Lacy later this year. Of course, that all depends on whether or not the UFC can put together a fight for Diaz against UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

Diaz is regarded as one of the best boxers in mixed martial arts. Should the Diaz-Lacy boxing match take place, it would be the first time a mixed martial artist stepped into a boxing ring, as opposed to the other way around. Former heavyweight champion James Toney attempted MMA, and as everyone predicted, he was taken down immediately and lost by TKO to Randy Couture, a five-time UFC champion.

But with all this discussion about Diaz boxing, it stirs up the debate about where Diaz ranks in the MMA world. He's in the top 3 of just about every welterweight ranking, but what about pound-for-pound?

Diaz is 25-7, with 13 knockouts and eight submissions. That's 21 of 25 wins that ended with a finish rather than a decision. Diaz has won 10 straight fights, with eight finishes. It's time to give Diaz some serious consideration for cracking the top 10 on the P4P lists.

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