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Video: Nick Diaz Says He’s Fighting His Favorite Fighter at UFC 137


(Video courtesy of YouTube/UFC)

We’re not sure if it was creative editing or if Nick Diaz has had a change of heart about his views on the PR obligations of being a fighter, but Stockton’s favorite son almost seemed happy doing this pre-UFC 137 promo for UFC.com.

Arguably the most interesting tidbit from the oft misunderstood former Strikeforce welterweight champ in the brief clip is that his UFC 137 opponent, BJ Penn is his favorite fighter.

“He’s my favorite fighter. He’s better than they are. He’s better than everybody. I know where he came from; he came from my school. As far as I’m concerned he came from where I came from and that’s why he’s here. I gotta win these fights. I don’t think it matters what I do; I think I have to win. I love competition. It gets me right. It makes everything work,” Diaz explained. “I know who’s in this sport. It’s shit…not what I do. MMA fans, in general, are looking forward to this fight. I kind of think that we have some of the same style, therefore we have some of the same fans and I respect his style of fighting.”

Another somewhat surprising statement Diaz made is that he isn’t happy hurting anybody he fights, unless of course they interrupt his buddy’s post-fight victory celebration.

“I don’t want to hurt anybody. I don’t want anybody to be hurt. I want to win. I want to come out on top. I want to be in exciting fights. This is all I’ve got. This is who I am.”

Diaz closes the interview off with a smart reply to the stupid question of, “What’s your game plan for this fight?”

“I have the same game plan every fight, and that’s to win — win the fight.”

And yes, that’s a smile he cracked at the end. Looks like Nick is playing the game and playing it well.

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XENOPHON- October 22, 2011 at 6:00 am
Big difference during interviews when Diaz is under the gun to pass the piss test...who said pot doesn't make you dumb?
Rampages Conscience- October 21, 2011 at 6:21 am
Fierce was only a tad less coherent than Diaz. Diaz talks in complete stream on consciousness with no coherence. Re-read the segment from his interview and try to argue otherwise.
Pinkpounder- October 21, 2011 at 5:33 am
This is a tough one to call, its ending by UD.

Diaz if its kept on the feet due to reach

Penn on the ground due to his wrestling edge
Jaycorr- October 21, 2011 at 5:26 am
Oh and America sucks
Jaycorr- October 21, 2011 at 5:25 am
Is Fierce Brosnan some kind of fucking retard? I can never evn come close to being able to tell what he is saying!!

Oh and Karmaatemycat you are a total douche!! You think you are an authority on everything because you are an amateur fighter? Your opinions usually make me want to laugh!! Does anyone have a video of Karma getting knocked out so I can watch it over and over again?
Todd M- October 20, 2011 at 10:09 pm
This is a treat for real fans of MMA, that is all.
k-onda- October 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm
CP? Hello! Whoever wrote this article is apparently completely oblivious to the effects of weed.
SquidInk- October 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm
LOL, how do you confuse half of CP's commenters? Quote a years-old 4chan meme. Nice, Fierce.
intercept440- October 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm
Penn takes it ... end of story
RSparrow- October 20, 2011 at 2:06 pm
^+1
Mike Russell- October 20, 2011 at 2:04 pm
Fierce Brosnan = Boomhauer
RSparrow- October 20, 2011 at 2:04 pm
Fierce Brosnan, jesus christ brother put the straw down.
StinkFacer- October 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm
dude....how do half people on this site READ the articles, if they cant form a coherent sentence with a backspace key and no time limit to write responses?


Captcha: Abduct Elizabeth

Now you're a co-conspirator CP.
FaH Q NL15- October 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm
I am also trying to figure how because even Diaz foreal then he not do when even jab jab with while whilst if win ? ! . (that was hard to be honest)
Frank Mur- October 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm
FIERCE! Dude, that whateverthfuck you just mumbled gave me a migrane.
smellypiratehooker- October 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm
@ Fierce
What??
Motivated Penn- October 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm
What's with the complaining about recaptcha, you can just press the refresh button to generate a new set of words. It's fine. Funny when you get shit like the formula for geometric series and stuff though....
Fierce Brosnan- October 20, 2011 at 1:17 pm
What I'm trying to figure out is has Nick Diaz really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?
newly sober- October 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm
I have seen thousands of people baked out of their minds and I have to tell you. Nick Diaz is high as a kite in that promo.
Hesh to Steel- October 20, 2011 at 12:52 pm
Diaz vs. Sanchez? Great fight, but the guys are on two different trajectories. That fight makes more sense if he loses to Penn, but i think his reach will give Penn problems. This will probably end up being a standup war since both guys love to box, and their BJJ is pretty much a wash. I'm not so sure that Diaz can't beat GSP. I think that fight is tough to call, which is why i was looking forward to it, but Penn/Diaz promises to be exciting as hell.
Jugger- October 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm
I'm actually favoring Nick in this fight. I think BJ is a little faster than Nick, but it won't help him out much. Plus, BJ is notorious for sticking with a gameplan that isn't working. If Nick is relentlessly pitter pattering BJ, BJ is too stubborn to switch it up. Plus, what's he gonna do if he takes Nick down? Nick way too BJJ savvy to get sub'd.

Both these guys are "fight to the death" kinda fighters. It's not breaking my heart that GSP (an athlete, not a fighter) is out. These guys can float this card just fine.
edhedicus- October 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm
I hope that Diaz can stay in the UFC for the length of his contract. He has never been in a boring fight, he has power in both hands, sick jitz, and the right attitude for a warrior. He can't beat GSP, but if BJ wasn't dedicated in camp he should handle him. Favorite fight ever, Diaz v Sanchez. Love to see that rematch for him next.
NinJay- October 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm
sultan & entsread

Are you blind?
KarmaAteMyCat- October 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm
Wow, I am a huge Diaz fan and that in its own impressed me.. haters can eat a dick now. ....

WTF CALTCHA...
http://www.google.com/recaptcha/api/image?c=03AHJ_VusG9ZvTm6qgtx1dhgD5qGjXNuiD000YuXwqxRao0onrVtZGCSXpr-dlEOGJSXk5NeCJiH4f4goCyXtcBKv2HVPiGss7iHkXZai4vINXY4qP5Ksp4ZE0b1qVpelqIYwkePi-_OU4SHw_3_51lENvluIQV9ZESw
Chonde- October 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm
Going to be a great fight. Go Diaz!
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