"I'm proud to be doing what I do. I wasn't hurt at all [in this fight]. My lip got cut a little, but I wasn't hurt, I was fine.... My gameplan was that I am a better all-around fighter than him, so I was going take what I was going to get. Try and set up my punches. Set up my body punches -- not let him breathe. Set up the knee to the body. Set up the knee to the leg. I'm going to control him on the fence. Control his wrists. I'm going to get the takedown. I'm going to work the guard. I'm going to pass it. I'm going to take that leg and break it off.... I had a plan and counter for everything. I'm a well rounded fighter. That's the difference between me and the rest of the fighters in the world.... It's going to take a lot of hard work and dedication [to beat me]. I'm ahead of the game."
Newly-crowned Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz puts all potential 170-pound title challengers on notice shortly after his dismantling of DREAM Welterweight Champion Marius Zaromskis at Strikeforce: "Miami" last night to capture the vacant crown. Perhaps the only problem is that currently the promotion's talent in the weight class is thin -- Jay Heiron is more than likely the only worthy adversary at this time. Hayato Sakurai is also apparently under consideration. If Diaz is able to eventually topple the "Thoroughbred" or "Mach" if and when they collide, don't be surprised to see him move up in weight to take on bigger-named opponents. There's a rematch with Robbie Lawler that likely has to happen (if he stays with the promotion) and Diaz even called out light heavyweight Gegard Mousasi in his post-fight remarks. This could get interesting ...