Nick Diaz is seemingly always at the center of controversy. From his public admittance of marijuana usage to last Saturday night’s altercation with the Noons family, there’s always something to talk about with Diaz. We’ve already heard from Noons Sr. on the post-fight melee, and now Diaz has spoken out—via Carlos Arias of The OC Register—on his thoughts, who was responsible for putting him in the cage in the first place and more.
Diaz on his role as a MMA fighter
Before we get started, I want to say that I know there are a lot of people and everybody is trying to protect the sport. And everybody wants to be sportsmen and that type of thing where everybody shakes hands and everybody is great friends and whatever. And that’s great. But you know what, this sport is (expletive) established. That’s obvious. There are people out there doing a great job making it look like a non-violent sport. That’s not my job. My job is warfare. I’m over here to (expletive) kill. We’re mortal enemies until we fight and then we can shake hands and be cool. But until then, if I’m signed to fight you I don’t (expletive) like you and I hate you’re (expletive) guts and we’re fighting until we’re cool. We’re not cool until I win or I lose and we can settle this. So that’s how I am about this sort of thing.
People are like, ‘Oh, you should be professional,’ and this and that and, ‘a real fighter doesn’t fight outside the cage.’ That’s fine. I don’t. I do have a thing about defending myself be any means necessary and I ain’t no (expletive). I’m not going to go ahead and walk off and talk (expletive), you know. Someone is going to swing at me, I’m going to defend myself.
Who told Nick to get in the cage after Noons’ victory?
T.J. Thompson from Icon Sport. He brought me in there. He told me, ‘It’s time to go to work. Let’s go in there and talk about this rematch.’ So he brought me in there. I don’t know who was crazy enough to let my whole (expletive) crew run up in there with me, but I’m glad because I ain’t going to go in there and get smacked on by this old guy and a bunch of whoever he’s got in there.
For the record, ICON Sport is owned by ProElite who owns EliteXC.
Diaz on the Noons and their altercation
They came in there with me and the next thing you know his dad starts talking (expletive) to my brother (Nate) or whatever. And, you know, my brother is hardcore. So he comes in there and someone says (expletive) you or whatever and his boy (Noons) is acting all bad like he wants to fight me. I’m like, ‘Why you trying to act bad now?’ They walked past us in the halls and they all looked at the floor. They walked past us like they are scared or something, you know what I mean. It’s like that we’re going to fight, but if they are going to talk (expletive), we’re going to talk (expletive). I ain’t going nowhere and they ain’t going nowhere. Then they’re fighting. So they’re walking away and we’re walking away, it’s mutual. But they don’t even (expletive) look up. I’m not trying to fight outside the cage.
Then when we are in front of the cameras, they try to rush us like they are hardcore. That’s (expletive) … my bottom line is he is a poser. He’s over here trying to rush me in front of the cameras and look like hardcore in front of the cameras. He shows up in a (expletive) suit. He’s a rich kid. I can’t afford a suit. I got no money to spend on a suit. I can’t retire right now if I want to. he fights every however many months.
Diaz wants to fight everybody
I’m trying to fight every … I’m trying to fight (Hayato) Sakurai, I’m trying to fight K.J. Noons, I’m trying to fight Anderson Silva, I’m trying to fight everybody. I’m trying to fight Georges (expletive) St. (expletive) Pierre. I’m trying to fight … I didn’t mean to call Georges a (expletive), but I ain’t got no problem getting there and fighting the best people in the world. Georges is a nice guy. I’m trying to fight Jon Fitch, I’m trying to fight Silva, I’m trying to fight K.J. Noons, I’m trying to fight everybody. I’m trying to fight Takanori Gomi, Sakurai, I’m trying to (expletive) everybody up. (Expletive) this (expletive). This is (expletive) gangster (expletive) warfare. I don’t give a (expletive). You know what I mean?
Does Nick prefer the ring or the cage?
There should be a ring here in the U.S., a huge show, there should be a ring. It’s not done in Japan. A cage is not even done in Japan. It’s unheard of. It’s ridiculous. It’s so stupid that we are entertained by a cage and that they have to use a cage to get our attention to be entertained by this fighting and not understand the technical aspects of mixed martial arts. You need a cage to get your attention first, so it looks like something crazy. I know when I started the scariest (expletive) sounds they made was, ‘Oh, you are a cagefighter, Ooh.’
And nobody can (expletive) see anything because of the damn cage. It’s an insult to all you people out there. It’s an insult that people fight in a cage. You can’t see through it. If you want to see, you can’t see the technical things that are happening or anything that’s going on in there. The fighters aren’t using the ring to cut the guy off and boxing. The whole boxing part, the kickboxing part, is out the window or half it is anyways with the ring situation. You can’t put your foot back under the rope.
The (expletive) cage is … They say a cage doesn’t require a re-start. You’re talking about a areal sport and they want to say it’s non-violent, put it in the cage. These people are not animals. They can (expletive) pause for a second and move it back to the center of the ring. It’s a sportsman type of situation. That’s why it’s funny that people are always trying to say it’s too violent, it’s in a cage. Well. get rid of the cage and, maybe, it’s not so violent.
And yes, there’s more. The whole interview is vintage Nick Diaz. I highly recommend checking it out. Love him or hate him, Nick Diaz is one of those fighters you can’t help but to watch to see what he does next.