If you caught UFC 137 this past weekend, you saw Nick Diaz demolish BJ Penn. Penn has been defeated before, but he never had his face busted up the way Diaz did it. Diaz is the realest fighter in mixed martial arts. He is not only an awesome fighter, he is a pure athlete. This man trains hard, competes in triathlons and has a master’s degree in being a badass. There were a lot of issues coming into UFC 137 for Diaz. He was scheduled to fight champion Georges St. Pierre previously, but because of him missing press conferences, Diaz was pulled from the fight. He was rescheduled to fight BJ Penn, whom Diaz trained with in the past and was considered a friend. Throughout Diaz’s training camp, he says he was unmotivated because he was fighting a fight that he didn’t want. He said because of his lack of motivation, his training partners felt the same way. He complained about his lack of good sparring leading up to UFC 137, but for a man who had a rough training camp, he sure didn’t fight like he did when it was time to go.
After Diaz’s victory, his post-fight interview became the new talk of the town. In the cage he was screaming, “Where you at Georges? Where you at Georges?” Then when Joe Rogan asked what he was feeling right then, Diaz responded by saying “I don’t think Georges is hurt, I think he’s scared to fight everybody right now.” St. Pierre, who was sitting front row, appeared to laugh it off, but later it was revealed through UFC president, Dana White, that GSP was furious and wants to fight Diaz next and give him a beating that the UFC has never seen before. St. Pierre, who normally is the nice guy in every situation, said that Diaz is the most disrespectful person he has ever met. At the post-fight press conference, Diaz just looked angry the whole time. When White announced that Diaz will fight GSP next, you would think that Diaz would be happy. Wrong. Diaz instead looked angry making the following statement:
“I’ve got to come off like that just to get a fight,” Diaz yelled upon hearing the news. “I’ve got to be the bad guy. You want to point the finger and make me the bad guy. I’m the bad guy. Now I get a fight.”
The bad boy image is making Diaz more popular because the man is being himself. He is who he is and there’s no denying it. Diaz is not putting up an act for us all and this is appealing to a lot of people. Diaz vs. GSP, if promoted correctly, can be the UFC’s biggest fight of all-time. Good guy vs. bad guy. Diaz, who was complaining about compensation for fighting, will not be complaining after his fight with GSP because a lot of people will pay for this fight and Diaz will watch his bank account get fatter.
Love him or hate him, Diaz is here to stay in the UFC for some time. And if he beats GSP, he has the potential to being the UFC’s biggest star because people will want to see him – to either watch him lose or they will watch to see him win, but regardless people will come to see him fight. Maybe, just maybe, when that day happens we will see Nick Diaz finally crack a smile.
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