However, with no strikes left thanks to his infamous UFC 137 pre-fight press conference no-show, Diaz will have to make every single required promotional appearance required if he intends on keeping a job with the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.
And so far, so good.
Diaz recently made the trip to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to participate in the first of many press conferences (watch the video replay here) to promote his upcoming fight against 170-pound champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 158, which takes place at the Bell Centre on March 16, 2013.
It was a rather subdued performance, however, for the traditionally trash-talking scrapper from Stockton, California. In fact, Mr. Nice Guy even admitted that he "can't complain" about his opponent, going as far to say that he liked him. Diaz reiterated that same sentiment in a 10-minute, less formal post-presser scrum immediately afterward, which you can watch in its entirety up above, but he added a little more familiar zest and zing.
Here is the juice:
"I don't believe he asked for this fight. I don't believe it for one second. I don't believe that, he never said that. He never said anything into the camera, he never looked in the camera, he never told me anything, he never told any other people nothing. Like I said, though, I don't have an issue with it. Nobody had the balls to say anything. I was up there in the rankings and I had the balls to say, 'Hey, look, give me this fight, I want this fight.' I'm talking about jumping the fence, calling people out and doing all this crazy shit. So, I was promoting this fight a long time ago. That's all I was saying. I don't have any [bad] to say about [Georges St. Pierre], I like him just fine. I don't especially like his fighting style -- I can kind of, sort of, criticize that -- it's not my style. He does what he does well. I don't have anything and to say about him, I just want his position. I just feel like he got the right fights, Matt Hughes, cut ahead in line. If I got the same fights, I might have ended up in his position. Those fights would have worked really well with me, too.... I had to grow up a little bit. I was way early into this -- I was 18. Nobody give me credit. Everybody is all on peoples' jock right now for being in this sport so young and so early. But, I was knocking people out here when I was 20 years old, fighting in the UFC when I was 18 years old. Nobody wants to talk about that.... I'm the only real deal ... I'm the real what it is -- ain't nobody lived this life. Nobody has done what I've done. That's why I'm here."
For what it's worth, St. Pierre has publicly gone on record, saying that he wanted to fight Diaz next because they have "unfinished business." He also sat right next to Diaz on dais and declared that "it was time to do it" because he felt the only other possible current contender, Johny Hendricks, didn't really win his fight against Josh Koscheck (even though he did in the eyes of the ringside judges).
In addition to the comments about St. Pierre and his "position," Diaz started of the scrum talking about drug testing in combat sports, finally coming into his own as an experienced, and older, mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran, self awareness and the question on everyone's mind -- especially UFC President Dana White -- will he stop smoking pot before the biggest MMA fight of his life?
His answer, or lack thereof, is actually pretty funny.
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