February 4, 2012
GSP is Nick-ed by verbal shots
By Jose Rodriguez, QMI Agency
Nick Diaz is not a man of many words.
Especially, during fight week.
The California fighter's scalding intensity spikes to the brink of rage in the days before his fight.
His trademark grimace, it seems, grows frostier with each passing hour.
"I am not crazy, in my opinion everyone else is crazy," says Diaz of his stand-offish style.
"With me, you get the real me, real martial arts and a real warrior mentality. I don't act friends with anyone I am going to fight. That's crazy."
That said, the furrowbrowed Diaz did mention he thinks his opponent is getting a raw deal.
"(All the focus on Georges St. Pierre) makes me sick," says Diaz, 28.
"This is Carlos' time to be here and to be a part of this main event. Half of this show is built up around me fighting Georges St. Pierre but I'm fighting Carlos Condit."
St. Pierre is currently nursing a left knee injury. Unable to defend his belt in a timely manner, Condit was called on to fight Diaz for an interim belt as St. Pierre recovers.
Diaz, who has never held back on his dislike of St. Pierre, says Condit is tougher fight.
"I think Carlos is more of a dangerous fighter," says the 26-7 jiu-jitsu black belt who is also regarded by many as the best boxer in MMA.
"You're more in danger of losing a decision to Georges St. Pierre and your more in danger of losing your teeth to Condit."
In Condit, Diaz is facing an ex-WEC champ who can stand and bang as well as submit.
Of his 27 wins, only one has gone to decision with the other 26 evenly split between (T)KOs and submissions.
Condit knows he is an underdog and is thankful for the opportunity to fight for an interim belt.
Sitting cageside will be the man who will face the winner.
St. Pierre has been very clear in stating that it will feel odd to cheer for Diaz.
But the Montreal champ says he has never wanted to beat anyone up as badly as he wants to beat on the foul mouthed Diaz.
UFC 143 goes Saturday from Mandalay Bay in Vegas and also features a heavyweight tilt between Roy (Big Country)Nelson and Fabricio Werdum.
The event is available in Canada on pay-per-view.