Does UFC star Nick Diaz really mean everything he says?
After beating BJ Penn at UFC 137 Diaz called out GSP, accused him of being scared and faking his current injury, claimed he wasn’t making enough money and that he’s too busy training to be able to afford to move to a better neighbourhood, amongst various other post-fight rants.
On the latest edition of HDNet’s ‘Inside MMA’ show a much mellower Diaz admits that he doesn’t always look back with great fondness at some of his actions.
“It’s been embarassing. You don’t always come off the way you want to or look the way you want to.”
He also claims that he’s purposefully going over the top in order to get noticed.
“I had to go out there and just act up and become the evil villain and I’m calling guys out and stuff,” he says of his antics at UFC 137.
While it may leave him being cast as one of the ‘bad boy’s’ of the sport, it’s a strategy that appears to be paying dividends according to the former Strikeforce welterweight champion.
“It seemed to have worked, you know. I’m getting the fights I want [laughs], so I can’t complain at this point.”
Having said that Diaz isn’t kidding himself and knows that he might have to pay his comeuppance in the end for his controversial actions.
“I’m the one that’s in this division mouthing off and talking the most, so if anybody’s in for a good whoopin’ or it’s time for a good whoopin’ then it’s probably I’m that guy, you know?” he says with a smile.
It’s nice to see him more relaxed on camera like this, but despite his claims I can’t help but think that much of what he says during his rants is what he really believes.
Either way I hope you doesn’t change, it’s fun to watch a fighter like Diaz who breaks completely out of the mould like this and can back up his smack-talk in the cage when it’s time to fight.
Check out more of Diaz interview below.