“I do actually care. There are two guys that are fighting, Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit — Carlos Condit is a very nice guy. I never trained with him but I have trained in Albuquerque along with some of his teammates, and he’s a very nice guy. I like him a lot. But, the reason why I wish Nick Diaz to win this fight is that I want to fight Nick Diaz. I don’t wanna fight Carlos Condit. I wanna fight Nick Diaz. But, in another way, I just hope the best man will win. But if the best man is Nick Diaz, I will appreciate it more, because it will be a better build up for a fight…
That’s really the fight that I wanted to have and the fight was going to happen in the beginning. And it didn’t happen, because he (Diaz) didn’t show up for the promotion. Then after I got hurt and this whole thing happened and — that’s really the fight that I wanted to have happen. Even though I like Carlos Condit better as a person, I would rather fight Nick Diaz.”
On Diaz and Condit fighting for the interim title:
[box_light]“For me, I try to not think about the belt. When I’m going into a fight, when I fight the winner of that fight, I’m not thinking ‘I’m the champion.’ I’m thinking I’m gonna fight for the title. Because, if you lose, you’re gonna lose the title, even if you had it before or not. That won’t matter.
The thing is, when you defend the title and do it a few times, there is a routine that comes with it and people expect you to win. And they not only expect you to win, they expect you to do great. Sometimes, it can play on your mind. That’s a little bit of what happened to me. I felt like I lost a little bit of motivation. That’s the danger that can happen with champions sometimes.”[/box_light]featured, MMA NEWS, Strikeforce, strikeforce news, ufc news