The past few days have been a situation Nick Diaz would probably prefer to just forget.
The former Strikeforce welterweight champion has went from being in the main event of a UFC pay-per-view to face off with Georges St-Pierre for the UFC title. To being a missing person for the better part of the day after disappearing from his trainer and manager, Cesar Gracie’s, house.
Now, a day later, Diaz is back on the UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Condit card with a meeting against former champion B.J. Penn in the co-main event of the October 29 card from Las Vegas.
Before all this went down, Diaz conducted an interview with Fighters Only Magazine which could help people understand the quiet fighter a little better.
“If you look at my life over a long term period I couldn’t give a (expletive). I honestly don’t know, if I got locked up right now, I don’t know if I’d want to come back. I’m coming in here every day, going, ‘Why the (expletive) am I doing this right now?’ I could be, like, (expletive) this whole thing,” Diaz said.
When Diaz no-showed a pair of UFC press conferences to hype the PPV, it became apparent that maybe the native of Stockton, California, was doing just that.
UFC President Dana White was forced to remove Diaz from the main event, inserting Carlos Condit in to face St-Pierre.
Diaz went on to discuss his troubled mental status, saying, “Anything is better than what I have been going through. Maybe it’d be better to be locked up in prison. I’ve been trapped in this prison, and after every fight there is another…See, you don’t understand. When you get outta jail, that’s what it is…If I fight the fight, I win, I get out, I get of a little while and then locked back up.”
White wondered during the press conference if Diaz was afraid to face GSP, or if he truly didn’t want to participate in any of the pre-fight events that go into hyping a PPV.
Diaz seemed to hint at just that.
“Am I looking forward to the fight? No. If I fight, I lose, no matter what, win or lose. If I fight. Period. I don’t look forward to anything like that. I look past that, like, ‘Holy (expletive)…if I win this (expletive) I’m (expletive) stuck in this game.”