You know it’s going to be a good Nick Diaz interview when he starts it off with “I wasn’t going to do this interview, but they told it me I had to.” Classic Nick Diaz, and it immediately got better when he accused Ariel Helwani of being a pot stirrer.
“I feel like you instigate fights quite a bit… Maybe that’s your job, but from where I come from people like that get slapped.”
Ariel of course kept it cool, but Nick brought it up again when Ariel later asked him if he had respect for Paul Daley.
“You’re the only one starting any shit talking about this fight! That’s what I’m saying. You’re the one saying ‘Oh, he says he’s going to do this and that to you.’ I was giving an analogy about how I thought how the fight might go in my favor if it did. You’re saying I made these statements to him, then he’s like ‘Oh, I’ll knock Nick Diaz out’ and all I say now is right, that’s the only way he can win. So there’s not much to say, there’s no mutual respect. He’s not talking no shit, I’m not talking no shit. Why would I have anything bad to say about him?”
In another classic response, Diaz said he’s “the most overworked, overtrained and underpaid fighter” in MMA, BUT he feels he gets paid “way too much money, but not enough.” Let me know when you figure that mind-bender out.
The interview finishes up with Nick going on a rant about the Unified Rules favoring the wrestlers and how he prefers the PRIDE rules that allowed more martial arts techniques to come out in the fight. He may not have done the best job explaining it, but I can’t say I disagree with him.
The MMA Fighting interview was good, but Diaz saved his best stuff for MMA Weekly. Nick doesn’t understand what’s going on with the UFC buying Strikeforce, but he does know that he no longer feels like a champion since the purchase. Diaz of course expressed this in the most abrasive way possible.
“Honestly, I don’t understand this whole thing. I’m way too busy training. It’s hard for me to understand what’s going on. But I knew there was a reason why I never strapped that belt around my waist. Whatever, champion, whatever. (Paul Daley) can have the belt. I’m fighting for money.”
“I don’t feel like a champion right now that the UFC bought this organization. I don’t understand all that. I thought we were competing with the UFC. I thought my belt was potentially just as important as the UFC belt and we had the best fighters here (in Strikeforce); more technical martial artists and stand-up fighters.”
“But now this is all about going to the UFC so I don’t care about the Strikeforce belt. There was a reason why I never put that shit on anyways.”
Only Nick Diaz. God bless him.