Nick Diaz Compares GSP To Lance Armstrong

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Nick Diaz is not impressed with Georges St-Pierre’s stance on drug testing in MMA…..

UFC welterweight Nick Diaz has a big night ahead of him at UFC 183, as he is set to face former middleweight champion Anderson Silva in the main event. Diaz will have been absent for the sport for nearly two years when he returns, making it an even bigger challenge facing “The Spider” in his own comeback fight.

Speaking with The MMA Hour, Diaz says he has started preparing for Silva already, but has also picked up some minor injuries in the process:

“I did a hard couple of weeks, pretty much this whole last month just getting in shape and stuff. I’ve got two little injuries, just a little banged up, but I’m just having an easy week this week. These are big fights, it’s hard to look back and think about ‘why did I take these mediocre level opponents?’. I didn’t need to do that. I’m not in love with being an MMA fighter, but I’m the right guy for the job, that’s why I’m still here.”

Diaz’s lack of passion for the sport is surprising to say the least, given the fact he has been around for so long and fought 36 times in multiple promotions. Diaz goes on to explain his feelings towards being a professional fighter:

“I get excited about staying in good shape, but for the most part I’m excited to be done and get my cheque. Your’e like ‘what is it exactly that’s going to happen in there?’. It’s not an exciting thing. Yes (I’m happy with the deal from the UFC), it’s pretty much, I was able to score a deal I can’t refuse.”

Diaz’s younger brother Nate recently re-signed for the UFC following a hiatus due to contractual disputes, but it sounds like Nick certainly got a decent deal to fight arguably the greatest MMA fighter in recent history. He was then asked on whether he thought Silva will be the same when they throw down in Las Vegas:

“I always expect the worst, it’s pretty much my outlook, I don’t like surprises. I don’t like to be you know, it’s not my thing to let myself down, I just do what I have to do to win.”

Former welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre recently came out and said that he believes Diaz made a mistake taking the Silva fight at middleweight, which Nick didn’t take kindly to:

“You know, he didn’t take that fight. He’s not doing the fight, how does he know? You can look at it however you want, he didn’t take in to consideration what’s what….the fact is that, you know, you don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about until you are in the drivers seat. You can fucking run your mouth, but I don’t give my opinion on what fighters should do or shouldn’t do. I said ‘Hey look, it’s not a problem for me to make 185 pounds.’ I’m not one of these big strong guys, reach may come in to play but all I can do is come in strong and healthy.”

Diaz was then confused when asked about GSP’s stance on drug testing in MMA:

“sounds like old Lance Armstrong, did he finally get caught for steroids? I don’t really understand your question, but…most fighters, for the most part like to do steroids. These guys taking steroids, they are just in a different crew from me, you know, a lot of the time.”

Wow, Nick Diaz will never change. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing, but one thing is certain; he is part of the biggest scheduled fight of 2014 so far. What do you think the result of UFC 184 will be, and will Diaz stick to his media obligations in the meantime?






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