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Strikeforce Conference Call Notes: Nick Diaz Says He’s Not Ducking Jay Hieron, Has No Issues in California

(Wow. If that mug gets any meaner we might have to get a restraining order.)

Nick Diaz seemed a little out of sorts on today’s conference call to promote Strikeforce: Miami.  Or maybe that was completely in sorts for Diaz.  There’s no way to know for sure.  When asked to give an opening statement Diaz seemed a bit lost, replying, "Am I supposed to have something to say?"  Later, when asked to give an assessment of Marius Zaromskis‘ skills, Diaz shot back, "Why?  What is this shit?  I apologize.  I just woke up.  I didn’t even know this call was going down."  

Once Diaz got his bearings he managed to describe Zaromskis as "a good fighter," adding, "Anybody who’s going to be fighting at this level is a good fighter.  It’s like an oxymoron." 

It isn’t, actually, but no one was about to challenge Diaz on that after the struggle it took just to get any answer at all.  Fortunately, things got better from there.  Some notable moments:

- When confronted with Jay Hieron‘s previous suggestions that Diaz might be ducking him, Diaz shrugged it off, saying, "I’m just fighting who they want me to fight, you know, so whatever. That’s how it is. …That’s why I don’t open my mouth and start talking shit on UFC fighters.  I don’t go, ‘Georges St. Pierre‘s a pussy because he won’t fight me.’  I know I can’t just start fights."

- Asked if he’d be open to fighting in California again after the debacle that resulted from his last attempt to get licensed there, Diaz insisted that he’d fight anywhere and claimed that he "didn’t know there was any problem" in California. 

- As for Zaromskis, he credited Diaz with being a well-rounded fighter, and said that he doesn’t necessarily look for those spectacular head kick finishes, but simply takes advantage of the openings whenever he sees them.

- Also on the call were Marloes Coenen and "Cyborg" Santos, who’ll be squaring off for Strikeforce’s women’s lightweight title.  Coenen acknowledged that she’d be the underdog coming into the fight and said she expects a tough battle against a "powerhouse" like Santos, but added, "I think hardcore MMA fans know what I can do and what I’m capable of."

- As for rumors that she’s considering posing for Playboy in the future, Santos said she was "horrified" when she woke up one morning and learned that the entire MMA world knew about the offer.  She said she preferred not to think or talk about it at the present, and focus instead on her fight with Coenen.

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J-Dog- January 21, 2010 at 12:02 pm
If Cyborg ends up in Playboy you'll all be astounded at what Photoshop can do and just how much post processing work they do on those shots. She won't look that bad in Playboy, and if they can't make her look decent then they won't publish it.
imakeutap- January 21, 2010 at 9:42 am
nick diaz is either gonna pick this guy apart with constant pressure or hes just gonna clinch and end it i think zaromskis is talented but nowhere near nick's level yet, all im saying is if zaromskis is a 1 trick pony and that head kick is all he has its gonna be a bad night for him

Diaz FTW!!
Robocop Didnt Tap- January 21, 2010 at 6:52 am
I'll be rooting for the Whitemare to punt Diaz's mean mugging face into the cheap seats...even though I think Diaz will drag him down and submit him. :(

I still maintain that the first "female MMA star" to pose for Playboy will be Kim Couture.
agentsmith- January 21, 2010 at 6:45 am
@ whitey:

No shit, I'm not making fun of Diaz's high-volume boxing, I'm actually very impressed with it. They may be "pitty-pat" punches, but when he's hitting you with literally like 100 of them per round, the cumulative effect is no joke. Look at the Scott Smith fight... that guy can take some serious punishment, but by the 3rd round he looked like he was drunk.
robthom- January 21, 2010 at 4:02 am
@ KTM,
he would definitely loose those. He's a great fighter but he cant beat those guys. Nobody can yet.
But I do agree that it would be entertaining as hell.

Diaz is so hardheaded and mean that he wont go down before tooth and nail. You'll have to cut him up or carry him out and nobody has put him to bed yet. I would be perfectly satisfied and honestly not all that surprised if he made the bell against those two.

The only fight I can remember with Nick that wasn't worth watching and entertaining as hell was the noons fight. He looked like a raggedy limp shadow of himself in that one.

But these bottom outs seem to re-energize him judging from the way he improved after the first Jeremy Jackson fight, and now what he's accomplishing since that noons debacle.

He's still young.
If he really wanted too and put his all into it he might get to the level of the GSP's and andersons one day.
Under Banga- January 21, 2010 at 2:46 am
what the fuck? 209.
831 Son- January 20, 2010 at 11:32 pm
I like the Diaz bros. Saying Nick can hang with Anderson though is insane. I would not want to see that because that has the potential to be the first death in MMA (in a org where proper medical testing is done prior to fights).
KTM 212- January 20, 2010 at 10:30 pm
Man I know most people hate on diaz but I wish the UFC would pick him back up. He would give GSP a run or Anderson. He may get beat but it would be a great fight. They take him down and they are never out of trouble, they keep it standing and he can hold his own as well. So he may suck as a person but as a fighter hes it or not.
Tact- January 20, 2010 at 9:05 pm
Love Diaz as a figher (except when he is flapping his gums like a douche).

Hate him as a person.

Most can say the same for nearly all boxers they enjoyed growing up, prior to watching MMA that is (in my case anyway).
robthom- January 20, 2010 at 8:30 pm
Lol @ sewing machine.

Nick "the sweatshop" Diaz
whitey- January 20, 2010 at 8:23 pm
so many haters. how quickly everyone forgets that this is the dude that knocked robbie lawler out back when he was on a roll in the ufc. you'd be surprised what a "pitty-pat" punch can do when you put it right on the button.
intercept440- January 20, 2010 at 6:55 pm
i kinda like diaz for all the crazy shit out of his mouth, and that he seems willing to fight anyone...

But he is kinda like chuck norris without the talent
thai-clinch- January 20, 2010 at 6:37 pm
@agent smith -ill take headkicker , this model of sewing machine doesnt hit hard enough
skeletor- January 20, 2010 at 6:32 pm
Of course you think it would be awesome your dick's already dead. I just want to see it for purely scientific reasons, I need to know who's clit dick is bigger between her and China.
ghostboner- January 20, 2010 at 4:43 pm
@El Guapo - While I maintain my position that Cyborg in Playboy would be awesome, I'll have to take Rosie on that one.
GetUpAndKill- January 20, 2010 at 3:58 pm
@ agentsmith

Sewing machine...LOL
Miles- January 20, 2010 at 3:44 pm
lol only nick could start a press conference like that. it made me laugh just to read it I want to hear it now
El Guapo- January 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm
Cyborg posing for Playboy?? Poor Hef is going senile!

Who would you rather... Cyborg or Rosie O'Donnell? Be honest.

agentsmith- January 20, 2010 at 3:29 pm
It's a classic "Head kicker vs human sewing machine" match. Who ya got?
One Two- January 20, 2010 at 3:27 pm
I don't know whos gonna win i do know its gonna be terribly awesome. thats like an oxymoron.
robthom- January 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm
Lol at Nick Diaz ducking anyone!
How is that even imaginable?!

Your much more likely to have to keep Diaz separated from people than find him ducking anyone.

Who the fuck is Jay heroin?
That_guy- January 20, 2010 at 3:24 pm
Which Cyborg is posing in playboy? The dude with all the tattoos or the dude without the tattoos?
agentsmith- January 20, 2010 at 3:19 pm
Cyborg feels our pain.
HughHeffner- January 20, 2010 at 3:11 pm
RRRRRAAAALLLLLPPPPHHHH.....sorry folks I just threw up in my mouth.
HEY- January 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm
Hm. That's interesting. "Horrified" is exactly the way I felt when I first heard about the Playboy offer too...