Donald Cerrone “shouldn’t have put his stupid-ass cowboy hat all up on me,” says Nate Diaz when asked why he knocked his hat clear across the stage and shoved him back at the UFC 141 pre-fight press conference.
I haven’t seen any comments from Cerrone on the incident yet, but he did make some interesting comments about Nate in a blog post he wrote for MMA Fighting.
This guy thinks you’ve got to be dumb or come from Stockton, wherever that is, to be tough. But I’ve got the same ‘I don’t give a f**k’ gene he has, and I also got genes for better striking and better wrestling. He pissed me off, he lit my fire up and as soon as I beat Dennis Siver at UFC 137 I knew that I wanted to fight again before the end of the year, and I knew I wanted to fight Nate Diaz.
The weird thing is, I like the Diaz brothers. They come to fight. They are crazy. They bring it. Diaz is going to show up Friday night at UFC 141 and we will have a war. Do I respect him as a fighter? Yes I do. He comes to throw down. He comes and fights with everything he’s got. Is that enough to stop me from beating him up? No, it is not. Not anywhere near.
Yesterday we had the open workouts at the same TUF gym where Diaz slapped my hand away in October. I was in the locker room waiting for him to get done doing interviews with press, but then I decided to go out and give him something to worry about. I purposely went out there knowing he wasn’t done and started hitting pads. He kept turning around real skittish.
I got this. If he makes it to the second round, he’s had a lucky night.
One thing is for sure — it’s going to be a hell of a fight.