Thanks to his proclivity for keeping it real and getting in people’s faces, Nick Diaz has been cast as the antagonist to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, the Joker to GSP’s Batman. While his anti-hero status has been good for landing fights, Diaz told Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice during a recent appearance on HDNet’s Inside MMA that he isn’t thrilled to have had to go that route, though he is pleased with the results.
“It’s been embarrassing,” Diaz said of being the bad guy. “You don’t always come off the that way you want to or look the way that you want to. I had to go out there and just act up and become the evil villain. I’m calling guys out and stuff, but it seemed to have worked. I’m getting the fights I want. So, I can’t complain right now, at this point.”
Following his thorough beatdown of MMA legend BJ Penn, Nick Diaz called out the UFC 170lbs. champ in a manner which incensed him and prompted the UFC to re-book their blockbuster fight. They will likely square off this February on Super Bowl weekend at UFC 143; Diaz believes that if anyone can provoke the champion to abandon his play-it-safe style and look to end things, it’s him.
“You’ll see either GSP go out there and finish this fight – he’s wanting to go for the finish – or you’re gonna see me have an answer for this stalling and winning rounds,” he said. “But, you know, I’m the one that’s in this division mouthing off and talking the most, so, if anybody’s in for a good whoopin’, or it’s time for a good whoopin’, it’s probably I’m that guy. And who better to do it than the UFC champion? I’m ready to get this show on the road. I’m not getting any younger.”