Strikeforce held a conference call today ahead of its January 29 Diaz vs. Cyborg event in San Jose, and as expected Diaz proved to be the main of interest.
Overshadowing his upcoming fight with Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos were Nick Diaz‘s incendiary replies to the media’s questions about him turning down a fight with longtime nemesis Jason “Mayhem” Miller and his thoughts on the UFC’s welterweight class.
According to the Strikeforce welterweight champ, he feels that for the fight with Miller to happen, he would have to be offered at least seven figures and that highly-touted UFC fighters like Georges St-Pierre (who he thinks will be destroyed by his training partner Jake Shields at UFC 129) and Josh Koscheck are over-hyped and protected by the promotion.
Surprisingly, not one reporter thought to ask Diaz if he was high during the call.
Check out some of the highlights of Diaz’s diatribes after the jump.
On why he didn’t move up to fight Jason Miller when he fought above his natural 170-pound weight class several times in the past:
“I’d be happy to move up; I’d just like to be paid for it, you know? I don’t like how people try to say that I didn’t accept the fight with Miller because I was too small. I never said anything about that. I said, ‘If I’m going to go off-track, it’s going to screw with my season, screw with my whole year, screw with my capabilities fighting at 170 pounds, so If I’m going to do that, I would like to get paid in full.’ I’d like to have a reason for doing that. It’s not just doing it at everyone else’s convenience. I would like to get paid something extra — double, triple, something crazy for me to do that — to move up in weight and fight at that weight.”
On whether or not he will consider moving up or down in weight the future:
“Moving up or moving down, I’d rather move down before. If you want me to move to a different class, let me move down if you’re not going to pay me more money for it. I might as well be moving down. That’s probably better. I’ll move up, but can I get paid for it? People see something great. Offer me a fight at 185 — offer me a big money fight and I’ll make it happen, but I’m not just doing it for free when I make the same money at 170 pounds. It’s more work — twice as much work. I never would’ve signed for that fight with Miller. They were talking about making me move [up in] weight. I said, ‘Tell his ass to get in fucking shape and make weight like I do.’ It’s fucking hard enough for me to make 170 pounds. He acts like he wouldn’t be able to do it. He doesn’t want to work hard like me; that’s the problem. So he could work his ass off and make 170 pounds…175 pounds or somebody can pay me a couple fucking million dollars and I’ll move up to 185 pounds and I’ll fight him. That motherfucker doesn’t want to fight me. Talking about [how] he wants to fight me every chance he gets. He’s got control of the media. I’ll fight at any weight. I’ll fight at 185 pounds. I’d like to get paid. Pacquiao’s making $40 fucking million, GSP’s making a couple millions dollars, and I’m over here driving a Honda because my shit’s breaking down.”
On what he thinks of the UFC’s former number one contender, Josh Koscheck:
“I cornered a guy against Josh Koscheck. This guy had like two fights ever in his life and they worked it so he fought Josh Koscheck, ” Diaz explained, referring to his Team Cesar Gracie teammate Chris Sanford who was 4-0 when he fought Kos who was 2-0 at the time at the TUF 1 finale, making his point moot. They made easy fights for these guys. These guys get six or seven easy fights – I never got any easy fights. I never had fights like that, so when you bring up guys like that to me and tell me they’re the best fighters in the world, it’s a fucking joke; it’s a joke to me. I never got anybody like that guy that I brought to fight Josh Koscheck — some guy that doesn’t even fight. He drinks…at a bar. We took him to fight Josh Koscheck one day and he didn’t even know who he was fighting. I never had fights like that. They might be good fighters now but I was here first and they are ranked above me now its like ‘let’s fight!’ you know? Make it happen. So when you bring up guys like that and tell me they are the best fighters in the world, its a fucking joke to me. Right now, what do you want? You guys are gonna rank that guy above me? I was an MMA fighter before the guy had any fights and now he’s the guy who fights for the UFC world title. Its fucked up.”
On how he thinks he matches up with GSP:
“I got here and I started fighting before most of them, including GSP. I was it first and I’m mad that they are getting [all the] recognition when I was here first. People think this guy is better than me and its bullshit. He fought Koscheck for five rounds. I just told you about Josh Koscheck, right? Why don’t we get to fight? What is that shit? Why are you saying it’s unavailable, because we fight for different companies? I think there’s enough money involved that they can organize that sort of thing. I think this is the best opponent for right now that I’d agree to. I want to fight GSP. But I think my partner will take him out, regardless.”