MMA Quick Quote: Jay Hieron wants the Strikeforce belt -- is Nick Diaz ready to step up?

"I really, really want my next fight to be for a title. I've worked my butt off and I feel I really deserve a title shot. That's why I signed with Strikeforce to get a title shot. I could have went straight to the UFC. They were offering the same money, but at the end of the day, I wanted to pursue my dream of becoming a world champion and the quickest way to do that was Strikeforce. Like I said, I would like my next shot to be for the title; if not against Diaz, then against somebody else. I can't wait for this guy nor can I control what he does. It is what it is man. I just want my title shot and what I signed with these guys for. I don't want to keep fighting these non-title fights because that's not what I came here for. I fought my last fight and I proved myself and now we have to sit at the table and see what's going on. Hopefully Nick Diaz can get his shit together and we can get out there and mix it up. I think that's a great fight, not just for me and him, but for the fans too."

Former IFL standout Jay Hieron tells the gang over at FightHype.com that he's ready for the Strikeforce welterweight title -- which is the lone reason he signed with the San Jose-based promotion. Unfortunately his championship bout against Nick Diaz on August 15 was scrapped when Diaz failed to report for his mandatory pre-fight drug test the week before the "Carano vs. Cyborg" event and had to be replaced by Jesse Taylor. Hieron won a unanimous decision over "JT Money" and doesn't want any more shenanigans from Diaz. Strikeforce is shooting for a late 2009 title fight -- will Diaz step up, or step aside?

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