Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz erased his last loss (dating back to a 2007 EliteXC event) by defeating KJ Noons unanimously over five rounds of fighting; making his first successful welterweight title defense in the process. Diaz and Noons had built up a rivalry stemming from that EliteXC bout, which Diaz believed was stopped too early due to cuts. Diaz caught up with Fight! Magazine following his big win and revealed his interest to prove he is the best by defeating the best the world has to offer in every weight class that he can make, no less.
“Yeah, I want to get on to fighting some more important people–not that [KJ’s] not a great fighter. I give it to you man, you’re a good fighter. This guy built a name on me though, I want to fight somebody that built their own name in MMA.”
Diaz has already fought some of the biggest and most respected names in the sport and is a veteran of both the UFC and the now-defunct PRIDE FC fight promotions. Still, he wants to prove any of his doubters wrong by taking on the world’s best; starting with UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
“I want to fight the best in the world,” Diaz said. “If you don’t think I’m the best in the world then bring me the best in the world. I want to fight Georges St. Pierre. I think that he’s the best. If you don’t think I’m the best then let me fight this guy. People need to stand up and say something, make this happen.”
The rough-and-tumble Stockton native also revealed his interest in competing across different weight classes; expressing a desire to compete as low as lightweight and as high as middleweight, given the right price of course.
“I would like to fight at 155 pounds, I would,” said Diaz. “I can make that weight. I can make 185. I’ll fight at that weight. I just want to get paid for it. I want someone to offer me the fight if that’s what’s up. My brother can do it, I can do it.”
Throughout the interview, Diaz seemed miffed at the prospect that he is not getting the respect he deserves for defeating credible fighters in the manner that he has been. He left with this question for those who doubt his status as one of the best in the world.
“How do these guys expect to beat me? Who’s out there? I’ve fought everybody,” he said. “They don’t let me fight Georges. I’ve fought everybody that fought him already, pretty much.”