Nick Diaz just loves to compete and fight. Now, only a few days away from taking on BJ Penn in the main event of UFC 137, Diaz is wishing he had accepted a career in boxing instead of signing with the UFC.
UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz goes down this Saturday night on pay-per-view from Las Vegas, Nevada. Penn-Diaz will be a three-round fight due to it being a late replacement main event.
While holding the Strikeforce welterweight title, Diaz accepted Zuffa’s contract offer to join the UFC, ending any talk of him stepping into the boxing ring. He was set to meet former titleholder Jeff Lacy this year, but Zuffa does not allow its fighters to compete outside of the Octagon.
“If I had my chance to do it over again, I would have gone back to the boxing contract,” said Diaz, in a recent interview with USA Today. “It would have paid me more money.. Later on, I’m sure they would have had me back here.”
The money problem would not have come up had Diaz showed up to several press conferences, as the UFC had signed him to face Georges St-Pierre this weekend for the UFC welterweight title. However, after the no-shows, he was dropped from the fight before later being asked to meet Penn in what was the co-main event before the GSP injury.
“I would have made plenty of money in boxing and would have made plenty of money later coming back (to MMA),” Diaz said. “It definitely would have wored out if I had done what I set out to do and just gone to pro boxing for a while.”
FightLine.com will have complete coverage of Saturday’s card, including ongoing play-by-play of all the fights scheduled for UFC 137.