Former Strikeforce welterweight champion, Nick Diaz went on a tear of an interview with mmajunkie.com and finally gave his side of the story surrounding his removal from the UFC 137 main event.
In the statement he goes through everything and chalks most of his recent issues with the UFC up to a big misunderstanding.
The statement in full is below:
“I’m not trying to make all these little excuses. If I’d have known the fight was going to be off, I would have [expletive] gone to the press conference, or I would have told somebody, ‘Hey, if I don’t make it to this stupid [expletive], I’m not fighting.’ I think that people would have gotten me there. I think people would have come and gave two [expletive] and gotten me to that press conference.
I didn’t even know there was a press conference. I thought it was some PR thing. People were trying to tell me, ‘You’re going to do this skit’ and that I was going to be a part of some PR skit where I had this part where I was walking through a hall, kind of like that scene Jake Shields did. I was like, ‘What the [expletive]? Are you kidding?’ So I’m thinking, ‘Somebody better come over here and tell me what I’m doing and get me ready to go do it so I don’t look like an [expletive].’ That’s how I feel when you’re coming to get me ready for something I’m not ready for.
“I didn’t know it was supposed to be a press conference until the same day I was supposed to be making it to the press conference. I just don’t like the way people are treating it and acting like I backed out of a fight. Why would I do that?”
“I was trying to make it happen. I wasn’t talking to anybody. I wasn’t talking to Cesar, and I should have been. I should have had Cesar make my flight and everything, but I was trying to handle it on my own.”
“Now I’m over here getting ready to fight a guy I know that I was previously friends with. We’re not doing so good right now, but we were friends. Condit and Georges, they know each other. They’re friends. And they’re trying to make these fights out of people that aren’t even trying to fight. They’re trying to make these wrestling matches, and I think it’s kind of ridiculous. It’s not a real fight.”
“I really don’t appreciate this mother [expletive] sitting there at that press conference and laughing at me. That’s some real bitch [expletive]. He’s sitting there laughing like it’s funny or something. If I saw Georges on the street and called him a bitch, I bet you he wouldn’t do [expletive]. I bet you if I walked up and gave him a slap, I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t do [expletive]. But you can’t do that to me. That’s not how it works for me. That’s something to fight about.
“It makes me mad that Georges is going to sit there and call himself a fighter, but he’s not going to stand up and say something about this. He’s going to let it ride. I think I would say something. I would at least have said, ‘I disagree. I don’t agree with canceling my fight because of some dumbass [expletive].’ Instead, he sat there and said, ‘He doesn’t have the commitment to be a champion.’ What is that? I obviously have the commitment to throw my life away. I’ve thrown my life away and sacrificed everything so that I can fight. I did that. I threw my life away so I could work hard and train and fight. That’s commitment.”
“I’ll tell you straight up, I sat down in that office and made that deal with them, and I talked to them about this press. What I said when I was in there was that I would be happy to do press. I like the press. I like all that stuff. But I would like people to come to me. They were like, ‘OK. We’ll send them out to you.’ They told me they were going to do all that PR stuff – that video and weird [expletive] they were going to have me do right next to the guy I’m fighting, which I think is ridiculous – in California, and I was going to do that.
“I was willing to stand there like an [expletive] right next to the guy I’m fighting and do some video [expletive]. I even explained that to them. I just said, ‘Let me know what I’m doing and where it’s going to be. Let me know exactly what I’ve got to do, and I’ll do it.'”
“I’ve said this before: People don’t film me. People don’t put me in magazines. I’ve never been invited on ‘Inside MMA’ or ‘MMA Live.’ I don’t want to be on the front cover of a magazine? How does that sound? I’m not crazy. Who wouldn’t want to be on the front cover of a magazine?
“I just don’t think it’s that big of a deal. We make it like this huge deal, and I’m like, ‘If it’s such a big deal, then where the hell are all the people and the cameras?’ It’s not like there’s people banging on my door trying to get an interview or something – snap pictures of me. Nobody gives a [expletive]. I can train all day long anywhere and everywhere, and nobody wants to film me. No one wants to come see any of that. I enjoy watching training. I enjoy watching good people sparring in the gym. I’ve never shut my door to anybody that wanted to come in and watch my training or film or anything like that.”
“It’s not like it’s an easy fight for me. I’m not like these bitches. I’m not going to hold B.J. Penn down the whole time like these guys have done. They held B.J. down because they’re bigger than him and stronger than him. I’m not going to do that. I’m not a little bitch to try and hold somebody down. I’m going to go out there and fight this tricky mother [expletive], and it could mean a lot of problems for me. It would have been a lot of problems for them, too, if they had fought him like I fight. They would have lost that fight.
“It’s a different matchup, me fighting B.J. I’m not afraid to fight B.J. I’m not afraid to fight anybody. I’ve proven that. I’ve won three belts in this [expletive] with people trying to take my head off.”
“If I would have won the fight with Georges, and they wanted me to fight again, I could have seen myself fighting Condit. I was already looking past the fight with Georges fighting thinking, ‘They’re probably going to want me to fight Condit.’
“I’ve been looking at Condit for a long time. He’s probably going to whoop Georges’ ass. I’m going to want to test myself there.”
“I am happy for Carlos. He has a kid and a family. I have don’t have any of that. I gave all that up to fight and be the best. I hope this opportunity helps Carlos and his family.”
“I wasn’t going to say anything in the buildup to fighting Georges. I was going to be really respectful. Georges is a great fighter. But he’s a little bitch when it comes to fighting me right now. Why is he just going along with everything? To say I don’t have the commitment? I don’t understand. He’s the one that doesn’t have the commitment.
“I know sometimes I sound like a nut when I’m talking, but there’s a lot of [expletive] to this situation. It’s ridiculous that I have to be the only one explaining what goes on behind the scenes. One of the things that has always helped me out in my career is that I’ve never dealt with this. Other people dealt with this. Now everybody is putting the blame on me. I think that needs to come off, and I think that Georges St-Pierre is a little bitch for not saying anything about it. He’s like, ‘Yeah, switch it to Condit. That’s easier. I’d love to fight my buddy. I’d love to fight my pal.'”
“I’m disappointed. I thought people really wanted to see me fight Georges. But nobody gives a [expletive], and nobody out here cares whether I was fighting. Nobody cares that I just took first place at a pretty hard Xterra [off-road triathlon] out there that was just for fun but actually made for a good time. Nobody gives a [expletive] what I’m doing for training out here.
“I sleep four hours a night – maybe five or six hours tops. I wake up, and then I’m out on a run or out on a mission to get to the Bay Area so I can train with some bad mother [expletive], and I do that everyday. And nobody gives a [expletive]. Nobody has ever wanted to come on a ride along to see what it is to live a day in the life of Nick Diaz. That would be some [expletive]. People would trip.”
“I didn’t know there was a press conference. I thought I was going to do some sort of PR video shoot. I didn’t know exactly what I was doing, and they say I wasn’t able to deal with it all. I guess I wasn’t. I was too busy training to whip George St-Pierre’s ass, which I thought was more important.”
“The bottom line is Georges is being a little bitch. He didn’t step up and say anything when the UFC pulled me out of this fight. I understand sometimes you have to do what you’re told, but why wouldn’t you tell the media you still want to fight me? If I was Georges, I would want to fight the best. I would have asked for the Anderson Silva fight. I would have asked to fight the Strikeforce champ. But he sits there like a robot and doesn’t say anything at all, just like he’s not going to say anything about me calling him a bitch now. If I saw B.J. Penn walking down the street and called him a bitch, we would be fighting right there on the spot.
“The truth is Georges doesn’t want to fight me in the street or in a cage. He knows who I am, and he knows where I came from. I don’t have the commitment? I’m younger than him, I have more wins in my career than he does, and I’ve worked harder to get where I am. He knows the truth, and he didn’t say anything and won’t say anything because he doesn’t want to get his ass whipped by me the same way he got his ass whipped by Jake – the night we went to the press conference and Georges went to the hospital.”
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