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If you haven’t seen it yet, take a few minutes to watch the short feature Fight! Magazine did on Nick Diaz. You wouldn’t know that Nick had issues with doing interviews or media by watching the smiling and laughing Stockton, California native talk about his life and early days of training.
Some interesting things he had to say that may surprise some is that he doesn’t overly like fighting, doesn’t care about his Strikeforce title and that if the pay was better he would forgo fighting to focus on being a triathlete.
"Do I love fighting? No, I don’t love fighting it’s a living hell. My first thought when I step in the cage is, ‘In about 20 minutes I’m going to be in a shower rinsing all the blood off of me; hopefully it’s the other guys and not mine,’" Diaz explains. "If they paid me to race triathlons as much as they do to fight, I probably wouldn’t fight any more."
Nick also revealed that his tough persona was something he built to stave off bullies while he was growing up.
"I grew up in violent surroundings, so I went into martial arts. I wanted to be the tougher kid. I had an issue with not crying," nick recalls. "People thought they could make me cry — they’d hit me and kick me and throw me around and they’d be like, ‘Why doesn’t he cry?’ So I had an issue with crying for a while when I was real little."
Without giving away everything he says, another intriguing claim made by Nick was that he would beat Floyd Mayweather, presumably in an MMA bout since he made reference to not losing to a white belt, and there is no belt system in boxing.
"Not everyone can say they’ll whup Floyd Mayweather, but, "Hey Floyd. I’ll whup your ass." I’ll even cut down skinny as hell and fight him. I’ll cut down to 150 pounds, 156 pounds and I’ll fight that guy and I’ll beat him," he says. "He’s not gonna beat me. I’m not gonna lost to a white belt. It’s just impossible. There’s a hundred white belts right here and a lot of them would beat him."