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Nick Diaz Says He Would Trade Fighting For Triathlons if the Pay Was Better

(Video courtesy YouTube/Fight!Magazine)

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."

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PERPATRAITOR- November 4, 2010 at 11:50 pm
Diaz > GSP
DARKHORSE06- November 4, 2010 at 4:20 pm
I cant believe you homos do nothing but rag on this guy; do you want him to speak like a fucking ivey league professor?

Nick Diaz is an exciting fighter and an awesome interview. When was the last time he was boring?

C'mon people!

liberalizm- November 4, 2010 at 2:12 pm
Dude he's a pot-smoking triathelete. That's gangstah!
Boo- November 4, 2010 at 8:41 am
That Diaz seems like a sweet kid.
LOKI- November 4, 2010 at 7:39 am
P4P #1 Moneyweight Fighter in the world!
Red Baron- November 4, 2010 at 5:06 am
Dazedandconfused, you're missing the point my a mile. The point is that if Diaz and Mayweather got into it in the alley behind Mandalay Bay, Nick would kick his ass.

It's not about boxing, or MMA...if the two got together in a street fight Nick would put him to sleep, then maybe break his arm so he'd know he lost when he awakened with his friends standing over him telling him wtf just happened.
Gladheateher- November 4, 2010 at 3:39 am
Diaz is still a moron. no matter how you wanna slice it.
Hes a walking contradiction. Calling out GSP and Floyd is crazy, just goes to show how much weed he be smoking homey. Id bet he couldnt even beat Fitch.
2DaDeath- November 4, 2010 at 1:23 am
Dude. Don't make me like Nick Diaz. You did it with Overeem, now this shit?
Anzus- November 3, 2010 at 11:29 pm
What a mad cunt. Its funny how much a little bit more insight can completely change your perception of somebody.
dude- November 3, 2010 at 8:51 pm
It's pretty weird not seeing Nick literally watching his back or distracted during this interview. It seems like he's always thinking someone's gonna stab him in the back or attack him. But then again he's at home (Cesar Gracie's academy) during this interview. Great interview. Hope to see him back in the UFC soon.
Turd Furgeson- November 3, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Maybe champs shouldn't have to move up... Blah blah blah, but little fags who jump dudes, then fight a dude the weight class lower than him in his next fight should.
the glza- November 3, 2010 at 7:36 pm
zombie cage fighter, i agree with all your points, mayhem is almost always "on" or doing a bit of some sort.

and yet I still like both fighters...

and I think they'll both be back in the UFC before they're through.
Zombie Cage Fighter- November 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm
Diaz is one of the best characters in all of MMA. Not only is he an elite fighter, but he lacks enough showbiz know-how to invent the kind of cookie-cutter facade that most fighters keep up. Despite all of his over-the-top masculine posturing, which probably accounts for whatever disdain people have for him, Diaz is one of the most genuine fighters in the limelight. He's honest to a fault; he speaks his mind in front of the camera, even when whatever he's saying reflects poorly on him.

Mayhem Miller, on the other hand, never seems genuine. Everything he says seems contrived and intended for the camera.

HeadsWillRoll- November 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm
Yeah, it's good to see Nick portrayed as a person and not as a retard. He's always come off as a pretty cool guy, to me. Though, I think glza said it best: Dude tends to get caught up in the moment. No shame in that, unless, of course, you're being "interviewed" by Mayhem Miller. Then I guess there's a lot of shame in that.

So, CP... You guys turning over a new leaf and using a kinder, gentler treatment with the Diaz brothers, or did you just forget to pay your Haterade bill last month?
Kellenavalanche- November 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm
To the poster that said he was dumb You are wrong. High maybe, but not dumb. This was one of the more interesting interview videos I have seen, thanks for posting.
Fuck it.... WAR DIAZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MoTropolis- November 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm

This interview was in posted in our forums 3-4 days ago by clutchy.


I'd have to argue that the best NIck Diaz video to date is the post fight interview after beating Gomi. It contained such gems as "Little guy, I dont know what the fuck he was doing in there, some crazy karate shit, hadouken fuckin punch" and "Im choking ppl with gogo's and throwing hooks to the head".
KarmaAteMyCat- November 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm
Turd we've been over this a dozen times a champion shouldn't have to go up in weight to fight a challenger of any sort. If mayhem wants to fight him find a catch weight. Diaz is a very down to earth guy when you aren't in his face talking shit get real people he fights for a living and Doesn't wanna be everyones friend "Fact". Triathlons are for bitchs? Then why aren't you guys doing Triathlons I run at least three every summer and I bet you couldn't do a Triathlon let alone a half Iron Man(Which most trained athletes can do) if half of you tried all that aside keep hating on him when all he did in this video is be open and honest about part of his life. Haters gonna hate! Don't be scared homies!
Turd Furgeson- November 3, 2010 at 4:52 pm
Duh. This fag will do anything to get outta fighting Mayhem. I never thought he'd run away for 26.2 miles though.
eatSHITdie- November 3, 2010 at 4:45 pm
BEST DIAZ VIDEO EVA! This is just another reason why this guy is one of the most interesting and best fighters in MMA. He may come off as half a retard most of the time but I think he's actually pretty intelligent, just not in the same way most people view intelligence. Kind of like how John Fitch is one of the best fighters in the world, just not in the way people view the best fighters in the world.
El Guapo- November 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm
"Don't be nice, homie!"

Seriously, please don't be. It's not good for business. Can't talk shit about a nice guy. Ask the Mounty Killer what happens when you talk shit about a nice guy. Get 60 posts ripping you, which isn't... nice.
Invictis- November 3, 2010 at 4:35 pm
@superflat Right? Triathlons are for bitches. Now hosting a scripted MTV show called "bully beatdown" and dieing your hair red makes you AWESOME. Also you have to say "don't be scared homie" 500 times a day, even though it probably wasn't even the first time you made a joke about it.

Oh wait, that guy is a douche.
superflat- November 3, 2010 at 4:27 pm
What a bitch. Triathlons. Feh.
danomite- November 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm
who is that man and what has he done with Nick Diaz?
clarkkent- November 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm
Nick's a good boxer (he trains with Gold Medalist Andre Ward) but come on HOMEY!!! That's Floyd Mayweather, you won't touch him in a boxing match (if that's what he meant cuz beating him in an mma match, no shit!).
Invictis- November 3, 2010 at 3:52 pm
@Surf_finland I was thinking the EXACT same thing lol. I was waiting for one of the CP writers to start talking shit about Nick but they didn't. This video was posted on a different MMA site about 3-4 days ago though, I thought I'd see it up on here sooner, most people have seen it by now. It's great though -- shows Nick in a completely different perspective, show this video to everyone that thinks Nick is just "white trash" or a "thug".