Backstage at the Strikeforce event on Saturday night Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller was busy trying to drum up interest in a fight with Nick Diaz, after the two previously locked horns in a brawl after Strikeforce: Nashville back in April.
Ever since then a regulated fight between the two has been rumored to be in the works, but it seems that Diaz is somewhat reluctant. Cue Mayhem turning up wearing a t-shirt saying, “Don’t be scared homie,” and claiming to MMAfighting’s Ariel Helwani that he would, “whoop his ass.”
“The best unintentional comedian of our generation,” is Mayhem’s summation of the current Strikeforce welterweight champion. “I mean, we don’t have an Andy Kaufman. What we do have is a Nick Diaz. Unintentional comedian, it’s like he never breaks character.”
Recently Diaz released a video blog stating that if Mayhem wanted to fight then he should move down to 170lbs. In Mayhem’s view that’s a sign that the Stockton native is scared to fight him.
“The whole 170 thing, he made that up. He fought, what, Frank Shamrock at 183, he fought Scott Smith at 182. All of a sudden when he has to fight Mayhem he’s a 170lb’er.”
Asked if he would consider moving down, Mayhem said that was no longer a possibility.
“Hell no. Man, I haven’t made 170 in six years.”
It will be interesting to see if a fight between the two can be put together. It seems a like a no-brainer to me given the heat between the two, but KJ Noons also has a history with Diaz and Scott Coker has stated that he is also under consideration for a 170lb title shot.
Whether it’s Diaz or not, the message from Mayhem is that he wants to fight, and sooner rather than later. There’s plenty of potential opponents at middleweight, particularly after the news that the proposed 185lb tournament now appears to be dead in the water, so one way or another we should expect an announcement on his next opponent sooner rather than later.
Check out Mayhem’s full interview below.