Now that Nick Diaz is the Strikeforce welterweight champ, he wants big fights. He wants to fight guys who are “important.” He wants his name out there and he wants to get paid. What he doesn’t want is to fight any of the best available opponents for him in Strikeforce.
Jay Hieron? Who’s that guy?
“I’d rather fight someone that’s a little more important than Jay Hieron. His fight wasn’t even on the main card. Why am I going to fight him when no one saw [his fight]? I don’t even know who he is…They keep bringing me these guys that nobody even knows who they are.”
Robbie Lawler and Nick are buddies now.
“I fought Robbie before, and we fight at different weights (now). But we’re friends as far as I’m concerned, so I don’t even want to talk about something like that…Robbie Lawler’s not talking [expletive] trying to fight me, so I’m not going to have anything bad to say about him.”
KJ Noons still fights?
“Who is Noons? He hasn’t fought in forever. This guy doesn’t even fight anymore. He quit. He’s scared…What’s he going to do? Is he going to fight or what?”
Of course after Nick effectively ruled out all the best fights for him in Strikeforce, he calls out the one opponent he can’t get.
“I want to fight Georges St-Pierre. If they give me an option, that’s the only fight I’m talking about. I want to fight the best. I want to fight the people that everybody thinks is the best out there.”
With the way Diaz has been shutting people down lately he might actually be the most compelling challenger for Georges St. Pierre at welterweight right now. Problem is he just won a Strikeforce title effectively locking himself in with the organization for the foreseeable future. GSP certainly isn’t going anywhere, so if he’s the only fight Diaz wants, he probably should have taking that into consideration before he agreed to fight for a title. Dana White wants Nick, all he had to do was ride out his Strikeforce contract and make the jump.
As frustrating as this story is, the good news is Nick’s “down to fight whoever” despite his reservations about fighting Hieron, Noons and Lawler. As long as he’s fighting the opponent that puts the most money in his pocket, he’s happy. Or at least as happy as Nick Diaz can be.