T Nation

GSP v. Diaz Out Condit In

Diaz is awesome.

"I'll tell you straight up, I sat down in that office and made that deal with them, and I talked to them about this press. What I said when I was in there was that I would be happy to do press. I like the press. I like all that stuff. But I would like people to come to me. They were like, 'OK. We'll send them out to you.' They told me they were going to do all that PR stuff ? that video and weird [expletive] they were going to have me do right next to the guy I'm fighting, which I think is ridiculous ? in California, and I was going to do that.

"I was willing to stand there like an [expletive] right next to the guy I'm fighting and do some video [expletive]. I even explained that to them. I just said, 'Let me know what I'm doing and where it's going to be. Let me know exactly what I've got to do, and I'll do it.'

"I've said this before: People don't film me. People don't put me in magazines. I've never been invited on 'Inside MMA' or 'MMA Live.' I don't want to be on the front cover of a magazine? How does that sound? I'm not crazy. Who wouldn't want to be on the front cover of a magazine?"

"I just don't think it's that big of a deal. We make it like this huge deal, and I'm like, 'If it's such a big deal, then where the hell are all the people and the cameras?' It's not like there's people banging on my door trying to get an interview or something ? snap pictures of me. Nobody gives a [expletive]. I can train all day long anywhere and everywhere, and nobody wants to film me. No one wants to come see any of that. I enjoy watching training. I enjoy watching good people sparring in the gym. I've never shut my door to anybody that wanted to come in and watch my training or film or anything like that."

"I'm not trying to make all these little excuses, if I'd have known the fight was going to be off, I would have [expletive] gone to the press conference, or I would have told somebody, 'Hey, if I don't make it to this stupid [expletive], I'm not fighting.' I think that people would have gotten me there. I think people would have come and gave two [expletive] and gotten me to that press conference."<.blcokquote>

On fighting BJ Penn:

"It's not like it's an easy fight for me, I'm not like these b*******. I'm not going to hold B.J. Penn down the whole time like these guys have done. They held B.J. down because they're bigger than him and stronger than him. I'm not going to do that. I'm not a little b**** to try and hold somebody down. I'm going to go out there and fight this tricky mother [expletive], and it could mean a lot of problems for me. It would have been a lot of problems for them, too, if they had fought him like I fight. They would have lost that fight.

"It's a different matchup, me fighting B.J. I'm not afraid to fight B.J. I'm not afraid to fight anybody. I've proven that. I've won three belts in this [expletive] with people trying to take my head off."

On GSP:

"I wasn't going to say anything in the buildup to fighting Georges. I was going to be really respectful. Georges is a great fighter. But he's a little bitch when it comes to fighting me right now. Why is he just going along with everything? To say I don't have the commitment? I don't understand. He's the one that doesn't have the commitment."

"I know sometimes I sound like a nut when I'm talking, but there's a lot of [expletive] to this situation. It's ridiculous that I have to be the only one explaining what goes on behind the scenes. One of the things that has always helped me out in my career is that I've never dealt with this. Other people dealt with this. Now everybody is putting the blame on me. I think that needs to come off, and I think that Georges St-Pierre is a little bitch for not saying anything about it. He's like, 'Yeah, switch it to Condit. That's easier. I'd love to fight my buddy. I'd love to fight my pal.'"

"The bottom line is Georges is being a little bitch, he didn't step up and say anything when the UFC pulled me out of this fight. I understand sometimes you have to do what you're told, but why wouldn't you tell the media you still want to fight me? If I was Georges, I would want to fight the best. I would have asked for the Anderson Silva fight. I would have asked to fight the Strikeforce champ. But he sits there like a robot and doesn't say anything at all, just like he's not going to say anything about me calling him a bitch now. If I saw B.J. Penn walking down the street and called him a bitch, we would be fighting right there on the spot."

"I really don't appreciate this mother [expletive] sitting there at that press conference and laughing at me," Diaz said. "That's some real bitch [expletive]. He's sitting there laughing like it's funny or something. If I saw Georges on the street and called him a bitch, I bet you he wouldn't do [expletive]. I bet you if I walked up and gave him a slap, I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't do [expletive]. But you can't do that to me. That's not how it works for me. That's something to fight about.

"It makes me mad that Georges is going to sit there and call himself a fighter, but he's not going to stand up and say something about this. He's going to let it ride. I think I would say something. I would at least have said, 'I disagree. I don't agree with canceling my fight because of some dumbass [expletive].' Instead, he sat there and said, 'He doesn't have the commitment to be a champion.' What is that? I obviously have the commitment to throw my life away. I've thrown my life away and sacrificed everything so that I can fight. I did that. I threw my life away so I could work hard and train and fight. That's commitment."

I agree with a lot of what he has to say, and I feel where he’s coming from with the whole ‘I threw my life away’ thing. But when it comes down to it:

-He was supposed to be at a press conference.
-He didn’t show.

Whether this was some as of yet unexplained miscommunication in the UFC, or in his camp, the bottom line is, his brother and trainer were there, but he wasn’t. He fucked up. At least he admitted that much.

All that said, I think the UFC handled this pretty well with the match-making. As a fan, I’m disappointed, but the UFC is a business afterall.

Kaiser, how in the fuck can you keep defending this clown? Are you the 3rd Diaz brother? The guy is an idiot, was scared and did what he knew would get him out of the fight and then points fingers at everyone else. I hope Penn smashes his punk ass.

Diaz can make up as many excuses as he wants and try to justify his actions all he wants, but bottom line is he failed to keep up his end of the agreement (he knew he was supposed to be at that press conference, denying that is just plain BS) and let his whole camp (and himself) down by not showing. Blaming everyone else but himself for his actions just proves what his character is.

He’s lucky that the UFC decided to give him another chance period. Breach of contract like that could have easily been grounds to dump him completely.

[quote]WhiteFlash wrote:
Kaiser, how in the fuck can you keep defending this clown? Are you the 3rd Diaz brother? The guy is an idiot, was scared and did what he knew would get him out of the fight and then points fingers at everyone else. I hope Penn smashes his punk ass.[/quote]

“You scared, Homie?”

lol, i don’t take stances over a fight because of a fighter attitude outside the ring, i just enjoy his fighting style and i do agree that he sucks as a person.

[quote]rundymc wrote:
I agree with a lot of what he has to say, and I feel where he’s coming from with the whole ‘I threw my life away’ thing. But when it comes down to it:

-He was supposed to be at a press conference.
-He didn’t show.

but the UFC is a business afterall.[/quote]

This right here. He seems to think along the lines of “I’m JUST a fighter.” Nope. GSP and most others are fighters AND businessmen. You want the money? You gotta do the work. That includes press conferences, upholding the particulars of your contract, SELLING THE FIGHT!!! Dude is a retard. As was mentioned, if your own father-figure/trainer is tell you you are fucked up and wrong, along with your brother, then chances are high, you’re fucked up.

Get off his nuts.