Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight number one contender, Nick Diaz, was in "Sin City" this past weekend to watch the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timoth Bradley rematch (highlights), after scoring what he referred to as "nosebleed" cheap seats at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And he still managed to almost get himself tossed from the building.
Following "Pac Man's" win over "Desert Storm" (more on that here), the former Strikeforce champion and longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran pleaded with the Roy Jones Jr. camp to buyout his UFC contract, so that he can step inside the squared circle and test his might.
From his conversation with Fight Hub:
"If I get somebody to buy my contract out from the UFC, I'd be out here fighting too. Tell his guys, buy my contract so we can fight. Get a real fight. I'd like to fight 167 (pounds) if I was fighting boxing but it's whatever. That's the weight I fought at originally, I fought like one pro fight. I have a lot of boxing experience, of course, work with a lot of different fighters, but sparring is different than fighting. Hey, I'd love to see what I can do. It's always up to Dana White, it's always up to who's got the real money."
As Anderson Silva will attest, trying to land a boxing fight against Roy Jones Jr. can be a daunting task.
But those kinds of options are signed away when pen meets paper for every new UFC contract, which makes it hard to be sympathetic to fighters looking to ply their trade elsewhere. UFC President Dana White insists he's been trying to give Diaz a fight inside the cage, but to no avail.
Probably because Diaz keeps asking for something he hasn't yet earned.
Nevertheless, the 209 bad boy appears to be refreshed and ready to go, so hopefully he -- and perhaps his younger brother -- can find a way to make peace with their current UFC deals and get back to doing what they do best: talking trash and kicking ass.