Though not necessarily a fan of talking to press, as evident in his recent decision to skip a pair of press conferences promoting UFC 137, former Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz has never been afraid to speak his mind when he actually does sit down with media. And, as folks may have expected, he’s not done talking about the event yet or the man he was originally booked to battle.
The latest example of that came this week during a conversation with MMAJunkie where the outspoken Californian blasted Georges St. Pierre for his behavior in the wake of the fallout from Diaz being removed from their scheduled scrap in October.
“I really don’t appreciate this motherf***** sitting there at that press conference and laughing at me. That’s some real bitch sh*t. He’s sitting there laughing like it’s funny or something. If I saw Georges on the street and called him a b*tch, I bet you he wouldn’t do sh*t. I bet you if I walked up and gave him a slap, I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t do sh*t. But you can’t do that to me. That’s not how it works for me. That’s something to fight about.”
“The bottom line is Georges is being a little b*tch,” Diaz continued while ripping into “Rush”. “He didn’t step up and say anything when the UFC pulled me out of this fight. I understand sometimes you have to do what you’re told, but why wouldn’t you tell the media you still want to fight me? If I was Georges, I would want to fight the best. I would have asked for the Anderson Silva fight. I would have asked to fight the Strikeforce champ. But he sits there like a robot and doesn’t say anything at all, just like he’s not going to say anything about me calling him a bitch now. If I saw B.J. Penn walking down the street and called him a b*tch, we would be fighting right there on the spot.”
As far as missing out on his earlier media obligations, Diaz explained he had been under the impression it was a video shoot and that he’d been promised all promotion duties would take place in California rather than Las Vegas or Canada.
While Diaz is now scheduled to face Penn on October 29 at the very event he once headlined, it appears his war with Zuffa (and GSP for that matter) will rage on even after the conclusion of his scrap with the popular Hawaiian.
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MMATraining Take: With language like that Diaz better be careful before he gets…an opportunity to become UFC President! But seriously, if his hope was to convince the general public he is indeed a professional and should receive the benefit of the doubt in the situation he’s truly as crazy as some may assume. And I’m pretty sure St. Pierre would absolutely throw down if someone slapped him in the face. He may be an athlete, but he’s a fighter too and individuals with half his backbone and 1/100th of his skillset would take exception to that level of disrespect.