Photo of Nick Diaz by Esther Lin for MMA Fighting.
The fiery Stockton slugger was the first guest on Spike TV's "MMA Uncensored Live" last Thursday night (Feb. 23) in his first post-fight video interview since losing to "The Natural Born Killer," declaring retirement and getting popped for "marijuana metabolites."
Here's what he said (transcription via CagePotato):
"Well, I never said anything about pursuing boxing. I [haven't] really said much about anything about what I’m gonna be doing in the future. I’ve had what feels like a week or so to think about any of this, but I haven’t really put much thought into it. It just feels good to get some workouts in and just try to act normal, I guess. I think I could have gotten [the Carlos Condit] fight [at UFC 143] to the ground and finished the fight or been a little more dominant throughout some of those other rounds. Or in some of the later rounds, had I put a little more pressure into the first two, but… Honestly, I felt it was smarter to play it safe and go ahead and push forward and win the rounds. I’ve lost fights before where I’m landing more punches and I’m moving away from the guy. So, the way that they score things at the end doesn’t really seem very consistent to me. I come back and I learn from my mistakes last time and it doesn’t really make a difference in the end. So, if anything I proved that this isn’t really working out. Because of all these fights I’ve lost, I’m usually winning the fights. You watch and the guy’s taking more damage. It’s just kinda irritating to me that we’re rewarding people in mixed martial arts for trying to move away and not finish the fight."
Full video of his appearance (via Iron Forges Iron) after the jump.
For a complete recap of MMA Uncensored Live, including the guest spot by Diaz, click here.