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Fernando Vargas: Nick Diaz is not an elite mixed martial artist -- he's not even in the UFC

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"Right now, I'm thinking about [Buchanan]. But listen, there's another guy that's been opening his mouth that's in MMA -- and that's Nick Diaz. He's been calling me out saying he wants to fight me. I'm like, 'Who is this guy? You're not an elite mixed martial artist. You're not even in the UFC.' That's definitely a fight that interests me. He got my attention."

So Nick Diaz wants to test his might in the sweet science, huh? Well Fernando Vargas, who hasn't fought since November of 2007 and hasn't tasted victory since August of 2005, says he's interested in welcoming the current Strikeforce welterweight champion to the boxing world. Diaz has been in negotiations with Don Chagrin for a 2011 debut in the ring and "The Aztec Warrior" is a name that's been thrown around as a potential opponent. Both men are currently booked for big fights however, with Vargas scheduled to make his return from a three year absence against Henry Buchanan while Diaz will defend his 170-pound strap against "Cyborg" Santos. If both guys get past their respective opponents, would you be interested in a boxing match between the two? The war of words has already begun but is Vargas underestimating Diaz by saying he's not elite because he's not in the UFC? Is there anyone else that feels that way?

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