by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
You either love him or hate him.
There aren’t too many people that ride the fence when it comes to Nick Diaz.
That’s not surprising considering he’s not one to ride the fence himself. You don’t get the sterile, filtered answers of today’s practiced professional athletes when you talk to Nick Diaz.
You get Nick Diaz.
Following Saturday’s win over Dream champion Marius Zaromskis at Strikeforce: Miami – where Diaz won the vacant Strikeforce welterweight championship, he spoke as freely as ever.
While everyone else has been focused on whether or not Jay Hieron will finally get the title shot that he signed up for, Diaz hardly gives him a second thought.
“I’d rather fight somebody that’s a little more important than Jay Hieron,” he said plainly. “(His) fight wasn’t even on the main card, so why am I going to fight him? Nobody saw it. Nobody even knows who he is. They keep bringing me these guys nobody knows.”
The same goes for K.J. Noons, who defeated Diaz when the two fought for the now-defunct EliteXC.
“Who is Noons? He hasn’t fought forever. This guy doesn’t even fight anymore or something or quit, is scared,” assessed Diaz.
So who does he want to fight? How about UFC welterweight champion and the consensus No. 1 170-pounder in the world?
“I want to fight Georges St-Pierre,” Diaz stated without hesitation. “If they give me an option, that’s the only fight I’m talking about. I want to fight the best. I want to fight the people that everybody thinks is the best out there.”
That’s not likely to happen any time soon. St-Pierre is locked in with the UFC and Diaz is now dialed in as Strikeforce champion.
Mixing the two promotions is like trying to blend oil and water. It just ain’t gonna happen.
In the meantime, Diaz will keep chugging along, doing what he does best… fight.
“There’s people in the world to fight,” he stated, adding, “I’ll do whatever is going to pay me. I need money so I can take care of my family.
“I’ll fight whoever you want me to. Just pay me more money. Whoever you can pay me the most money to fight, I’m going to fight.”