Everyone knows Nick Diaz has no desire to become a media darling or start granting interviews at the drop of a hat. Yet, once Diaz opens up, he normally becomes a “quote machine” without even trying very hard.

Diaz, who will meet BJ Penn in the main event of UFC 137 Saturday night on PPV from Las Vegas, Nevada, was just that during a recent conference call related tor the show.

“I fight harder than these guys, man. I fight harder than these guys, I look better than these guys, I do better than these guys and that’s why,” Diaz said. “And I don’t get no help and I don’t worry about no help. So that’s what takes up all my time, training and trying to become the best in the world here, all right? That’s what you’re dealing with here. The whole world out there, ain’t nobody can beat me.”

Diaz has been a friend of Penn’s and a former training partner, so when he was called to face “The Prodigy,” he had second thoughts, saying, “I’m not happy about it at all. I’m fighting a guy who’s my friend or was my friend and now I’m fighting this guy. I’m set to fight, assigned to fight a certain guy (GSP), I thought we had a deal.”

Since ending his first go-round with the UFC, Diaz has went 11-1 with one no-contest. He has continued his training in boxing, almost signing a contract to face former champion Jeff Lacy before coming to an agreement with the UFC – something he has said regrets doing now.

Nevertheless, Diaz will bring nothing but his best when he steps inside the Octagon at Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday and faces Penn.

“You’ve got people that want to see fights, they want to see good fights, they want to see a good fighter and that’s what I’m trying to bring to the table,” Diaz said.


MMATraining Take: Penn-Diaz is going to be an explosion waiting to be ignited. Both men feel like they have something to prove, so a knockout will be on the mind of each fighter. Penn has been in these big-time events before, while Diaz has not experienced the same level of competition since leaving the UFC. Penn’s experience will prevail for him in this one.