Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg Pre-Fight Press Conference HighlightsPosted on January 27, 2011, 11:31 PM by Joey Santosus
All eight fighters on Saturday's Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg main-card gathered at the HP Pavillion in San Jose today for the pre-fight press conference. The stacked card will be headlined by a Welterweight clash between division Champion Nick Diaz and challenger Evangelista 'Cyborg' Santos, while the co-main event will feature Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza defending his Middleweight title against heavy-hitter Robbie Lawler. NFL veteran Herschel Walker makes his return against Scott Carson and Trevor Prangley meets undefeated Roger Gracie in a Light Heavyweight showdown.
Below are highlights from today's Press Conference:
"I think "Cyborg" is a great fighter. He's better than the other guys they had in line. I think maybe he should have been fighting at 170 pounds a long time ago. He would have beat some name fighters and we would have seen some more of him. He was in there fighting with heavier guys who were throwing him down. They were a little bit too big for him. The way I see it, I'm too big for him, and then these guys were really too big for him and they threw him down. Otherwise, he'd be just as popular as anybody out here."
“I feel good and I’m ready to fight. Cyborg has a unique style and I know that he will give it his all and be as crazy as ever. But that’s good because I’m crazy, too."
“After 15 years of training and sacrificing, my dream is finally almost here. I am very excited at the chance to make my mark. I can promise you I will do my best to pull out the win. Nick Diaz is a very gallant fighter but I will press the action whether we are standing or on the ground. I am not worried about those who underestimate me in this fight. I am pre-occupied with winning."
“The belt always equals a build-up to your career, but first you have to win it. I feel strong and very comfortable at 170 and looking forward to a great fight against Nick Diaz.’’
“This is going to be a tough fight, and a very dangerous one. Robbie Lawler is very heavy-handed and I know to win I am going to have to play my game, which is to take him down and try and finish the fight. Some were surprised that I stood last time but Lawler is a different kind of fighter than I had in my last one. If I have to stand, I will, of course, but I know it is important that I keep control. I don’t feel either of us think that we can afford to make a mistake.’’
“I’m not looking ahead to anybody. I’m only looking ahead to Saturday’s fight. I work on all my skills all the time. Guys are so good at this level. Make a mistake and it will cost you.’’