Jason Miller and Nick Diaz have had beef ever since Strikeforce: "Nashville," when "Mayhem" jumped in the cage to call out then champion Jake Shields and ended up getting jumped by the boys from the 209. He has been calling for a fight with Diaz ever since.
Those calls went largely unanswered, but the San Jose-based promotion may face more pressure to set up the fight after yet another confrontation, this time backstage after Strikeforce: "Diaz vs Noons II" earlier this month.
Plenty of stories came out regarding what went down that night. Now we can hear it straight from the horse's mouth courtesy of MMAFighting.com.
Here's a snip:
"I had just finished doing interviews in the back room, and I was walking the same way that he was coming down, and I was actually going to be like, 'Hey, good job, Nick.' But he's coming towards me and he starts mad-dogging me! I was like, really? You're really going to mad-dog me right now? You just fought for 25 minutes! Before I knew it, he had a water bottle hidden down by his side and he threw it at me. I moved out of the way and it hit [training partner] Ryan Parsons in the stomach. I was like, 'Man Ryan, he doesn't like you.' Then we got into some kind of juvenile 'F--- you' match. I was like, 'F--- you bro, you're not even going to do anything.... Actually, as he was walking off or being ushered off, I was like, 'Hey, it's cool, just stay at 170.' Since that's his whole thing is, he won't fight me because he's at 170 [pounds]. Even though he'll fight KJ [Noons], who's not at 170. That's cool for KJ to have to come up, but he won't fight me even though he's talking all this sh-t on me for like five years now, and jumped me on national television."
He also goes on to say that the only one holding up a fight between the two is Diaz himself.
Mayhem is coming off an arm-triangle submission victory over MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba and has now won two in a row since his decision loss to Shields. Diaz, meanwhile, has strung together eight consecutive wins of his own and is the current Strikeforce welterweight champion.
Will Strikeforce President and CEO Scott Coker finally figure out a way to put together this fight? Or will we continue to have to listen to Miller tell Diaz, "Don't be scared, homie?"