Put Nick Diaz in front of a microphone and there’s a good chance that he’s going to say something newsworthy.
Such was the case at today’s Strikeforce: Diaz Vs Cyborg conference call when the welterweight champ suddenly went on a rant about his on-going feud with middleweight fighter Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller.
When Diaz turned down a fight with Mayhem which had been earmarked for later this month some said he had concerns over the weight difference, while others accused him of being scared to fight him. Diaz says that’s not the case.
“I don’t like how people try to say that I didn’t accept the fight with (Jason) 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, it’s going to screw with my whole year, it’s going to screw with my capabilities of fighting at 170lbs. If I’m going to do that I’d like to get paid in full. I would like to have a reason for doing that. Not just do it at everybody else’s convenience.
“I’d like to get paid something extra. Double, triple, something crazy for me to do something extra that would screw up my weight to fight at that weight,” Diaz said.
An increasingly irate Diaz had plenty more to say on the subject.
“I never didn’t want to sign for that fight with Miller. They were talking about making me move weights. I said tell his ass to get in (expletive) shape and make weight like I do. It’s (expletive) hard enough for me to make 170lbs. He acts like he wouldn’t be able to do it, he doesn’t want to work hard like me, that’s the problem.
“He can work his ass off and make 170lbs or 175lbs or somebody can pay me a (expletive) couple million dollars and I’ll move up to 185lbs and fight him.”
As you’ll have gathered by now, money is the major factor at play here, and Diaz explains exactly why he is, or perhaps more accurately is not getting.
“Pacquaio’s making 40 (expletive) million dollars, GSP’s making a couple million dollars. I’m over here (expletive) driving a Honda and my (expletive) breaking down? (Expletive) all you mother (expletive).”
It’s not the first time Diaz has voiced his grievances over his earnings. What’s puzzling about his latest outburst however is that it comes after he just agreed to a new multi-year deal with Strikeforce despite apparent interest from the UFC.
Diaz will be able to vent some his frustrations in the cage on the 29th January when he defends his 170lb title against Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos.