UFC star Nick Diaz appeared on HDNet's Inside MMA to discuss the lengths he goes to in order to secure the fights he wants.
NICK DIAZ: "It’s been embarrassing, you don’t always come off the way that you want to or look the way you want to. I go out there and, you know, just act up and, you know, become the evil villain and, you know, calling out guys and stuff and, you know, but it seemed to have worked. I’m getting the fights that I want. *laughs*
"Yeah, so, you know… I can’t complain right now."
KENNY RICE: "Yeah, there’s no reason to. You know, I think it’s turned out to be… I’ve said this, I think you’re one of the most misunderstood guys out there. And I mean that, as you know, we were talking about a lot of different things backstage, had nothing to do with MMA fighting. You might also be a master public relations guy, I think I just put this together. You might be the king of PR, man, because you’ve gone from leaving Strikeforce to be a boxer to now getting a shot at GSP."
NICK DIAZ: "Yeah, I was going to go ahead and go down that road with the boxing but uh… you know, they gave me that fight and, you know, that’s the fight that I was asking for from the beginning. But you know, I was here first, really. I’ve been a UFC fighter for longer than Georges St. Pierre has. Not a lot of people realize that. I’ve been fighting in the UFC, you know, before all them so I’ve been here first. I’ve had more fights and, you know, I’ve fought the bigger names. You know, I don’t have nothing against Georges personally but for him not to, you know, want the harder fight and to expect to really just, you know, think Carlos Condit is a hard fight is just… it may be the case but, you know, not on paper. So, got to recognize that.
"It’s all about how you come out and fight. It’s a little bit different. I can go out on bottom a lot but are going to be able to advance position? Are you going to be able to do damage from there? You going to stall or are you going to fight, you know, there’s a lot… you know, a lot of different stuff can happen and it’s up to me to try to kind of make some stuff happen and five rounds is a lot of time work with him in this one and I enjoy fighting five rounds. I work hard to be in good condition to fight for five rounds. Going back to three rounds was kind of an obstacle, you know, changing your plan up for three rounds instead of five rounds just a little bit, you know, make sure you come out on top in that first round is really important in three rounds, you know, five rounds fight…"