Nick Diaz Says He's the UFC's Only Draw
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.23.2014
And he won't came back for less than a title fight:
Nick Diaz spoke with MMAjunkie about his current plans and more. Check out the highlights:
On his value to the UFC: "Bottom line, I'm the only draw out here."
On what he's doing: "Right now, I'm going through a little bit of indecisiveness, running around here and there and getting some things done, and at the same time, trying to move out of my house. It's been hard to do exactly what I want to do, as far as training and everything like that. That's what I'm trying to square away right now. This whole year I've been using to take care of myself, because I didn't have a lot of people taking care of me while I was doing these fights. A lot of fights. Hopefully, sometime by this summer, I'll have everything squared a way. If I wanted to do something, like take a fight, it would make a lot more sense now than living out of some apartment or some sh—y house, where I've got crazy stuff going on all the time. With fighting, it's a traumatic sort of 11 years of fighting that you go through when you're a fighter that fights the way that I fight, three to six times a year. You go through it a little bit. You work out all the, what you call it, nicks, then start to figure something out."
On wanting to return only for a title shot: "I've been fighting for 11 years. I don't have to take a warmup fight. What, am I going to take a warmup fight, to help somebody out? Bring them up to my level? Because I've already been through that, and you still haven't seen me take an ass-whupping."
On the success of UFC 158: "That wasn't just because of Georges St-Pierre. These guys aren't doing that. They're not doing that. They want to pay to see me fight; they want to see somebody get knocked out or they want to see me get tapped out, or they want to see me get my ass whupped, like people have been waiting to see. But they still don't get to see. They're like, ‘What's wrong?' Why aren't I getting my money?' It's because he didn't get his ass whupped yet. So, as far as I'm concerned, we're not taking care of the fans until we see someone take an ass-whupping. We all know that's what everybody wants to see."
On the UFC offering him fights: "They come to me and they say, ‘Oh, I turned down a fight.' I'm like, yo, we weren't talking about money, what this is going to do for me. We weren't talking about co-main events, so I could, what, sell a show, and then everyone could take my money. So, we'll get it figured out. We've got to figure out who's going to win, and who's important, and if anybody wants to see me fight."
On Dana White offering him a fight with Roy Jones Jr.: "I haven't been updated or filled in or anything on the status of anything since then...[Jones is] a smart individual. He's not trying to be an MMA fighter. You don't start MMA in your later age."