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Nick Diaz Had To Be The Bad Guy To Get A Title Shot

You could say that Nick Diaz took a page out of Chael Sonnen’s book by calling out UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre last night following his dominant victory over BJ Penn, but really, he was just being Nick Diaz.

The fiery bruiser from Stockton goaded the champion, accusing GSP of faking his injury because he’s scared to fight, stopping just short of telling him not to be scared, homie. Diaz’s taunting visibly got under the skin of St-Pierre, who was in attendance, prompting the champ to beg UFC president Dana White to cancel his fight with Carlos Condit and put him back in against Diaz.

“This is what I wanted since the beginning,” said St-Pierre. “Let’s do what was supposed to be done originally. I’ve always wanted this fight – now I want it even more. I can’t wait for Super Bowl weekend.”

UFC president Dana White told gathered media following the fights that, somewhat uncharacteristically, St-Pierre is riled up, angry even at Diaz’s unending disrespect.

“(St-Pierre) said, and I quote, ‘(Nick Diaz is) the most disrespectful human being I’ve ever met, and I’m going to put the worst beating you’ve ever seen on him in the UFC,” said White.

For his part, it looks like Nick Diaz may be learning how to “play the game.” He explained at the post-fight press conference last night that he had to go that far in order to get St-Pierre to bite and push the UFC to put together what was the original UFC 137 main event match-up.

“You gotta come off like that just to get a fight,” said Diaz. “I gotta be the bad guy. You point your finger and make me the bad guy. I’m the bad guy now, and now I get a fight.”