Nick Diaz Says B.J. Penn is Better than Georges St-Pierre

October 23, 2011
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Nick Diaz

Nick Diaz was originally scheduled to face Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight title at UFC 137, but was pulled from the fight after missing two media obligations to promote the event. He was kept on the card, though, to face B.J. Penn, who Diaz says is a better fighter than St-Pierre.

“I think B.J. is a lot better fighter to be honest with you, on a technical standpoint. He’s much better at jiu-jitsu, boxing, even on a physical level I wouldn‘t count him out. I don’t think he should be fighting at this weight,“ said Diaz on a recent media conference call. “I think he’s a much better fighter than GSP all-around.”

Diaz isn’t happy about fighting Penn, someone he knows, likes, and has trained with in the past.

“I’m not happy about it at all. I’m fighting a guy that’s my friend, or was my friend and now I’m fighting this guy. I’ll be set to fight,” said Diaz. “I signed to fight a certain guy (St-Pierre). I thought we had a deal. That’s kind of where I’m at on it.

“I’m going to deal with it. This is hard times, just like it’s been. I’m not expecting it to get any easier,” he continued. “This definitely doesn’t make it any easier. I don’t like fighting people that I already know, or I’ve already met, or trained with, or have video on me. We’ve spent a lot of time training together. It’s kind of shady feelings going into fights like that. I’m just doing what my manager says.”

Diaz made it clear who he’d rather be facing on the UFC 137 fight card.

“I would have preferred to fight GSP, of course, because it’s not like I’m fighting somebody that I already know. I’m fighting for the title. That’s why I started this. That’s why I’m fighting for the UFC, because I came to fight for the title. I came for the money. I came to fight for the title. That was the GSP fight. Now I’m not getting that fight,” he said.

“I think I have the right skills and the right tools to do the job in that fight. I don’t know if this fight is going to make me come off any better or worse. I know that I think that Georges comes out; he’s a little bit bigger than B.J. size-wise, so he’s able to hold B.J. and stall for the rounds. I don’t think he would have been able to do that to me, especially in a five-round fight, so I was looking forward to that. I think that

  • Michaelchimique

    is nick diaz that retarded that he said GSP stalled against Penn? he gave him an ass kicking for 4 rounds. 7 if you count the first fight as well

    • Agree. Nick Diaz will get his ass kicked by Penn. that’s why he made that comment. Neither are as athletic as GSP.

  • All we have to do is look at B.J. Penn’s record and compare it to GSP’s. I think GSP has faced an array of better competitors that B.J. too. I think Penn is a more accomplished BJJ player than Georges, but that’s about it. On the other hand, I would have preferred GSP vs Nick Diaz. I hope it happens someday!!

  • jrcr_15

    I’ve eaten vegetables smarter than Nick Diaz lol

    • MrAdidas

      BAHAHAHAHA – That was funny/original! Nice & yes I concur, I 2 have eaten vegies with a much higher IQ than Diaz!

  • I think that “medicinal” marijuana has clouded nick’s mind…

  • MikeMc1983

    “I think B.J. is a lot better fighter to be honest with you, on a technical standpoint.”

    I think you guys are missing it. I don’t like nick Diaz, but this was kind of a “no $hit Sherlock” statement.

    Whenever you hear fighters give their opinions on who the most technically skilled fighters in the world are, bj penn is usually in the top 3 names said.

    It’s like the arguement sonnen made about Anderson. He said Anderson is more skilled than he is, but it’s not about skill, it’s about effectiveness.

    If you put bj and George in all of the individual aspects of the sport. (wrestling, jitz,boxing,kick boxing) bj is a favorite in all of them outside of wrestling.
    In fact if you did that with the entire roster, pound for pound most guys would probably pick bj.

    Fights are about match ups, and who can be effective. Not just skills.
    That’s why even after bj’s lost 2 straight, Anderson was still saying Bj is above him in skills.


    • sirreadsalot10

      I love comments like this. They make me laugh. Of course we would lose to either guy; they are professional fighters and we are fans. Your comment is like saying a person can’t comment on whether or not they like a book because they haven’t written one. a few suggestions: first, it helps if you tell us who you are addressing. Second, uyou isn’t a word. And third, posting in all caps is the mark of an idiot. Just saying.

    • RonnieV

      Guess what idiot! He won

  • @Sirreadsalot …understandslittle. JohnFetto is saying (Nick Diaz) stop crying! You would lose to either guy. Not being able to decipher “uyou” as meaning you, is the mark of an asshole…or more fittingly “asstroll”. As far as Penn vs Diaz vs St Pierre…I think Diego is ignoring George’s last few fights. His boxing is VASTLY improved and he’s developed a very effective Jab.

    • sirreadsalot10

      @mattbieber, I mean mattreeber. It makes sense if JohnFetto is talking to Diaz. I was making the assumption (how naive of me) that JohnFetto is smart enough to realize Nick Diaz will probably not be reading this and assumed he was talking to a previous poster. I would say his post is rather ambiguous, and one of the first rules of writing is “be clear”. Uyou was just funny to me. You will find I tend to comment when I find something amusing. I notice you didn’t defend the all caps faux pas and am assuming (how presumptuous of me) that you at least agree with that point.

      I think I shall embrace my inner “ass troll” as you put it, and point out that “understandslittle” is in fact two words rather than one. Also, who is this “Diego” you’re referring to? I was under the impression that it was Nick Diaz making the evaluation.

      It always helps to have your own post in order before you go on the attack. Having said that, I embrace the comedy so please continue your assault.

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        • sirreadsalot10

          In this case I think the “all caps” is appropriate. LOL.

  • sirreadsalot10

    @JohnFetto If your comment was aimed at Diaz (pointed out by mattreeber) rather than a previous poster, I apologize for my scathing remarks. I thought you were being an ass and attacking a fellow poster for their opinion.

  • lonniebatt

    Nick has seemed to forgot the reason why he is no longer fighting GSP.. Oh yeah I forgot that wasnt his fault it was GSP’s fault…..

  • lonniebatt

    I think Nick forgot why he is no longer fightin GSP. Oh yeah I forgot,, that wasnt his fault that was GSP’s fault..

  • lonniebatt

    so sorry about posting too fast I had no idea that their was a desiginated speed in which we are to post at,, whats the problem do you have a mouse that has to run these posts to the server…. are you serious????

  • MikeMc1983

    Lol, I’ve gotten that message too. I think it was an errror in the attempt to handle spammers, but I could be wrong.
    In fact they might have a mouse doing delivery. If so, it might have came from the Diaz house. Too much hot boxing can slow down all creatures.

    I know, bad joke, but I couldn’t resist.

  • ryanstewart

    As a St. Pierre fan, I would have given this fight to him. I’m not going to say that Diaz is not a worthy opponent, but all his smack talk is a bit much. I’m not a Penn fan,but I;m going to be in his corner for this fight. Diaz can think he should be fighting for the title all he wants,the truth of it is he didn’t fulfill his obligation of the contract.S If Diaz wins and that’s a BIG If maybe he does deserve a shot at who ever wins between Condit-St. Pierre. But good luck getting by Penn.