Nick Diaz appeared gob-smacked in the Octagon this evening when the judges awarded his extremely closely contested fight for the UFC’s interim welterweight title at UFC 143 to his opponent Carlos Condit by unanimous decision.
A couple of minutes later Joe Rogan interviewed him and the former Strikeforce champion made it clear he wasn’t happy with the decision in any way, shape or form.
“I’m not going to accept the fact that this is a loss,” he stated, before adding, “That ain’t right. I pushed him back the whole fight. I walked him down. I got the take down. I’m the guy who went out on top. Had I thought I wasn’t ahead, I’d have gone ahead and finished that arm lock.”
Then came the bombshell that Diaz was now planning on hanging up his gloves.
“Hey Carlos is a great guy, I’m happy for him and his family. I think I’m done with this MMA. It’s been great out here. I’ve had a good career. You guys pay me way too much. But I don’t think I’m going to get enough to keep going in this. It’s been a good time.”
Rogan expressed surprise that the 28 year-old was willing to put an end to a great career at this time, but Diaz wasn’t in the mood to have his mind changed.
“You know I don’t need this sh*t. You know what I mean? I pushed this guy backwards the whole fight. He ran from me the whole fight. I landed the harder shots. He ran the whole time. He kicked me in my leg a little bit. That was the way they understand to win in here, I don’t want to play this game no more. I’ll help out my team and my brother but I’m outta this sh*t.”
We’ll have to see how this all pans out – a lot of things are said in the heat of the moment that may not reflect a fighters true feelings in the cold light of day.
At just 28 years old it’s hard to imagine that Diaz will actually stick to this decision, especially with the lure of a possible rematch with Condit and a superfight with Georges St.Pierre still waiting in the wings for him.
Diaz is such an unusual character however that you never know for sure what he’s going to do next, so it’ll certainly be interesting to see how this all develops.