Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz today responded to rumors and criticism concerning his proposed grudge match with Jason “Mayhem” Miller which never came to fruition. Many have posited that Diaz was the primary reason for that fight failing to come about, and some have aimed criticism his way as a result. During a conference call promoting his upcoming title defense against Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, Diaz sounded off on the topic. (Props to MMAWeekly.com)
“I’d be happy to move up. I’d like to get paid for it you know?” Diaz said during the call. “I don’t like how people try to say that I didn’t accept the fight with 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 170 pounds. 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.”
Diaz and Miller’s feud dates back to Strikeforce: Nashville in April of last year, when Miller was jumped on live TV by a good portion of the Cesar Gracie fight team (Gilbert Melendez, Jake Shields, and the Diaz brothers), after entering the cage unprompted to challenge Shields to a rematch. Miller, a middleweight, has said that he would be unable to drop as low as welterweight to fight Diaz, but Diaz believes Miller is just being lazy.
“I never didn’t want to sign for that fight with Miller,” he said. “They were talking about making me move weights. I said tell his ass to get in f***in’ shape and make weight like I do. It’s f***in’ hard enough for me to make 170 pounds. He acts like he wouldn’t be able to do it, he doesn’t want to work hard like me, that’s the problem.”
The Stockton, California native and owner of a 23-7 pro record explained that it is not a matter of whether or not he is willing to fight Miller, but of receiving what he thinks is proper compensation for the bout.
“(Manny) Pacquaio’s making 40 f***in’ million dollars; GSP’s making a couple million dollars. I’m over here f***in’ driving a Honda and my s**t’s breaking down? F*** all you motherf***ers,” Diaz said. “I’ll fight at 185 pounds; I’d like to get paid.”
Diaz will defend his welterweight title this January 29th in the main event of Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg, which will be going down at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.