(“You wanna see drama queens act drama, you wanna see real motherfuckers act real?” Um. Yes?/ Props: SPORTSNETCANADA)
Yeah, yeah…I know we should be discussing the UFC’s new welterweight champion right now, and not Nick Diaz, Gangster in Exile. But it’s always hard to avert your eyes from Diaz talking crazy into a camera. (We missed you, homie!) Diaz was actually brought to UFC 171 on the promotion’s dime, mainly so he could cause trouble and shout at people. He also made himself available for media interviews at the event, telling reporters that he feels ready to return to the UFC after a year-long hiatus.
Check out the above clip of Diaz’s Q&A with Joe Ferraro. While the content of the interview isn’t surprising — Johny Hendricks will get an ass whoopin’ right to his face, bro; Diaz isn’t coming back to the UFC for anything less than an immediate title shot — Diaz’s delivery is a little different. He actually seems…happy? Excited to be at an MMA event and among his peers? He’s smiling, for God’s sake. We have our own theories…
The interview ends with Diaz throwing some punches at the camera, in good spirits, clearly thrilled at the prospect of competing in MMA again. So will the UFC cave to Diaz’s demands and give a title shot to a guy who hasn’t won a fight since 2011? I’m going to say no, probably not — unless a legitimate contender gets injured on short notice and Nick is “the only guy who stepped up.” I mean, that makes a title challenger more qualified than anything else, right?