Nick Diaz. Photo by Esther Lin/Showtime Sports.
As always, reigning Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz had a lot on his mind just a week ahead of his scheduled showdown against Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos on January 29 in San Jose, CA.
During a conference call with the media today, Diaz touched on a number of topics and discussed his opponent, but the majority of the focus came from the ongoing saga between Diaz and rival Jason "Mayhem" Miller as another potential meeting between the two fell apart during talks last month.
"I wouldn't mind moving up [to middleweight]. I'd just like to get paid for it, you know?" Diaz said about a bout with Miller. "I don't like when I hear people say I didn't accept the fight Miller because I was too small. I never said anything about that. I said if I'm going to go off-track and screw with my whole season and it's going to screw with my whole year and screw with my capabilities fighting at 170, then I'm going to have to get paid in full."
"That's why I never wanted to sign for that fight, because they were talking about me moving weight. It's hard enough for me to make 170 lbs. 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 can work his ass off and make 170 or 175 or someone can pay me a couple million dollars to move up to 185 lbs to fight him."
Another thorn in Diaz's side seemed to be recent UFC welterweight title challenger Josh Koscheck. Always pushing for a meeting with his promotional counterpart in Georges St. Pierre, Diaz suggested that it was he who deserved a crack at the 29-year-old instead of Koscheck, who ended up losing all five rounds of an unanimous decision loss.
"I was fighting before most of them. I was at it first," Diaz said about St. Pierre's recent title challengers. "I was mad that they were getting fights and getting all this recognition when I was at it first. I thought it was first-come, first serve. Like Josh Koscheck. I cornered a guy at a bar who probably had two fights in his life. They worked it like he was set up to fight Koscheck and he got his ass kicked."
"That's what I'm saying. They've mad easy fights for those guys, who have like six or seven fights. All easy fights. I've never got to a fight a guy like the one they brought in to fight Koscheck. So when you bring up fighters like that and tell me they are the best fighters in the world, it's a joke. Those guys are all ranked now, but I was here first."
As far as Santos goes, Diaz realizes the dangers he presents as a talented striker and made it known that he is concerned about the dynamite that the Brazilian packs in his hands.
"He's a brawler and he kicks really well," Diaz said. "He's a good kickboxer too. He's a good fighter. He has knockout power and he hits hard. If you hit anyone with the right punch, they'll go down but he definitely has the power. He'll hurt you with one punch."
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