After Strikeforce welterweight champion “Diablo” Nick Diaz (21-8) TKO’d DREAM welterweight champion “Whitemare” Marius Zaromskis (11-3) at Strikeforce in Miami last Saturday, he called out Fighters.com and UFC welterweight champion “Rush” Georges St. Pierre (19-2).
“I want to fight Georges St. Pierre,” Diaz told the post-fight press conference in Miami. “If they give me an option, that’s the only fight I’m talking about. I want to fight the best. I want to fight the people that everybody thinks is the best out there.”
Whoa, son. Slow down.
Fighters.com is as big of a Diaz fan as anyone, but let’s all be honest about who Diaz is and why we love him. Diaz is a bulldog-tough, talented fighter that loves to mix it up before, during, and after fights.
But, Diaz had a run in the UFC’s welterweight division. He beat guys like “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (17-5) and Drew Fickett (35-6), but lost to “The Heat” Karo Parisyan (18-5), ninth-ranked lightweight “Nightmare” Diego Sanchez (21-3), and tenth-ranked lightweight “Muscle Shark” Sean Sherk (33-4-1). Note that two of those guys have since dropped to lightweight.
But, even more ridiculous is who Diaz said he wouldn’t fight.
“I’d rather fight somebody that’s a little more important than Jay Hieron.[His] fight wasn’t even on the main card, so why am I going to fight him?”
True, “Thoroughbred” Jay Hieron (16-4) fought on the undercard in Miami, primarily due to politics, not popularity or talent. In fact, Strikeforce had to scramble to stream the fight due to the outrage from MMA fans that Hieron wouldn’t be televised. But, in that fight Hieron beat “Diesel” Joe Riggs (31-11), a fighter who beat Diaz at UFC 57. Why are you going to Hieron, Nick? Because he just beat a guy you couldn’t beat. There’s a good reason.
Diaz also said, “Who is [KJ Noons]? He hasn’t fought forever. This guy doesn’t even fight anymore or something or quit, is scared.”
Again, Diaz must’ve taken to many hits to the head or hits off the pipe because I can tell you who KJ Noons (7-2) is. He’s the guy TKO’d Diaz for the EliteXC 165-pound title in 2007. The fight was stopped by a doctor due to the damage Diaz took to his face from Noons’s boxing attack.
Diaz is certainly more popular than either Hieron or Noons, but that’s just marketing, not fighting. And, Diaz has certainly improved since his losses in the UFC, but then prove it in the cage. Both Hieron or Noons are legit matchups for Diaz.
St. Pierre, however, is not. I would actually be afraid for Diaz if he fought St. Pierre, because I like Diaz so much. And, I know there’s no quit in Diaz. St. Pierre would so outclass Diaz that Diaz’s life would be in danger because he simply wouldn’t quit. He’d absorb it all until someone threw in the towel or the doctor stopped the fight.