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    Nick Diaz sees himself fighting at 155, 170 and 185 in return to UFC
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    “I think that’s one of my strengths,” Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) said today during a conference call in support of his meeting with Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC), which headlines UFC 183 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas. “I could probably fight, at a time, I thought, at any weight. I’m no bigger than I used to be now.

    “I’m getting a little older, but I always thought I could fight at a catchweight at 160, or fight at 170, 185, maybe even at 155. My brother (Nate Diaz) seems to be able to do it. But I also think I could fight at 185 pounds, as well. I would love to prove (wrong) any disbeliever.”

    For now, Diaz will go to work on proving wrong the doubters who believe he’s in over his head against Silva. In early betting lines, he is a 3-to-1 underdog.

    With the bout six months away, the 30-year-old fighter said he’ll get himself back into fighting shape in his native Stockton, Calif., while also traveling to San Francisco to work with UFC lightweight contender Gilbert Melendez, as well as in nearby Sacramento. He currently resides in Dallas, where he said he’s getting new tips on preparation.

    Silva, a career middleweight, can walk around in the range of 220 pounds when he’s not fighting and previously has competed at light heavyweight. But Diaz said he won’t be at a disadvantage when they lock up in the cage.

    “I’m pretty heavy, and I naturally don’t really have a hard time gaining weight,” he said. “I put on a lot of miles and a lot of work just to get down under 185 pounds or under 178 pounds or so for the (weight) cut.

    “It can be pretty rough making 170 pounds, especially if I have fights back-to-back, because it’s just real easy for me to put on weight. That can happen real quick when you only have a small window to try to live life in between a fight.”

    Diaz has had 16 months as a civilian following his unsuccessful bid for the welterweight title in March 2013 against then-champ Georges St-Pierre, which marked his second straight loss after a decision setback one year prior against Carlos Condit in a fight for the interim welterweight belt.

    The former Strikeforce champ subsequently retired from the sport, but later flirted with a comeback with the caveat that the financial incentives had to be right. Meanwhile, he remained contractually bound to the UFC and turned down several fight offers from the UFC. On Tuesday, after several months of relative silence, the UFC announced it had signed the fighter to a new three-fight deal.

    Diaz twice said he “can’t complain” about the money he is receiving for his return and said his relationship with UFC executives is good.


    Nick Diaz: 'Fighting is not something that I enjoy doing'
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    “I don’t recommend anybody be a fighter,” Diaz admitted on a Wednesday media call. “Fighting is not something that I enjoy doing, it’s something that I do that I feel I have to do. That’s just the way it is. There’s a lot to it.”

    It’s that love-hate relationship with MMA that has seen Diaz sit idle since a March 2013 loss to Georges St-Pierre. He was never too far out of the spotlight, with both fans and media consistently bringing up his name whenever a marquee UFC athlete needed an opponent. But Diaz consistently turned down those opportunities, leading to UFC President Dana White to label the fighter as “retired.”

    The 30-year-old Californian said he never considered himself truly retired, but with 13 years of professional competition under his belt, Diaz believed he simply needed a break from the strains of the fight game.

    “I never really made the statement that I was retired,” Diaz said. “What I meant by the whole thing is that you’re never really retired from martial arts. It just doesn’t happen. Some people just don’t look at martial arts the same as I do. They don’t have the same perspective or didn’t get into this the same way.

    “I just pretty much needed some time off, regardless, and you don’t really get time off in the UFC without retiring or getting hurt, and I guess I don’t break easy like some of these guys.”

    During his time away, Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) maintained he would only return for a rematch with St-Pierre, a potential superfight with Anderson Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC) or an immediate shot at a UFC title. He remained steadfast in that position until the bitter end, only returning when the UFC offered up a shot at “The Spider,” a man long considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport.

    The two now meet at UFC 183, which takes place Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.

    “They were offering me fights, and I wasn’t really interested in the fights that they were talking about for pretty much the whole year,” Diaz told MMAjunkie. “So I pretty much dealt with different aspects of life. It’s been what it is. Now we’ve been able to sit down and talk about it a little bit, and I think that I was looking for pretty much the biggest fight I could get myself into, just like always. That’s what I’ve always done since I was 18 years old and I made it to the UFC.”

    The MMA world has been buzzing since the announcement of the superfight. Sure, critics might say that with Silva reeling from two-straight losses to Chris Weidman, the matchup has lost a bit of its shine. But ultimately, the matchup involves two of the most exciting and polarizing fighters in the sport today – or of pretty much any era, for that matter.

    But Diaz scoffs at the notion that he could or should somehow be “excited,” even if it seems everyone else involved in the sport is already counting down the days.

    “I don’t enjoy fighting,” Diaz said flatly. “I don’t use that word (excited) in this sport. I use that word like maybe I’m starving, and food is showing up. I’m getting excited. That’s excitement. Or I’m excited to have a couple of days off. I’m excited to fight somebody? I don’t know if people are confused with that term when it comes to fighting.

    “Would you enjoy fighting Anderson Silva?”

    Yet on Jan. 31, Diaz will do exactly that. With a win, White has suggested a title shot could come next, an opportunity for which Diaz admits he would be intrigued. But any type of long-term planning for Diaz’s future seems to be impossible for now, as the perennial fan-favorite admits he’s only taking his career “day by day, fight by fight.”

    Diaz, it seems perhaps more than anyone else in the sport today, doesn’t fight because he wants to, only because it’s somehow ingrained in him as a human being, however difficult that may be for him to accept.

    “I don’t want to hurt anybody,” Diaz admitted. “I’m a non-violent person. I don’t especially enjoy violence. … I hate watching people get hurt. Some of these guys come out and say, ‘I just want to hurt somebody. I just love it.’ Sometimes I want to say, ‘You’re full of shit.’

    “I do what I do because I’ve got to do it.”
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    "Fighting is something I enjoy doing" Haha he has said multiple times in the past that he hates fighting he just likes the money. Classic Diaz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceCold48 View Post
    "Fighting is something I enjoy doing" Haha he has said multiple times in the past that he hates fighting he just likes the money. Classic Diaz.
    He doesn't say he enjoys fighting in this article either. He actually indicates several times he fights because he has to, which is pretty rediculous as he is really admitting that he isn't good at anything else in life and fighting is all he has. He might have a point though as I can't exactly picture him as "Dr. Diaz" either.
    Last edited by MITCHELRIX78; 07-31-2014 at 08:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MITCHELRIX78 View Post
    He doesn't say he enjoys fighting in this article either. He actually indicates several times he fights because he has to, which is pretty rediculous as he is really admitting that he isn't good at anything else in life and fighting is all he has. He might have a point though as I can't exactly picture dim as "Dr. Diaz" either.
    Just taking the fucking medicine, homey. All these bitches want children's chewables and I'm here to keep it real. I don't even take pills with water, homey. I could take chewables but then I have to go home to a city of people saying "what's that shit?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceCold48 View Post
    "Fighting is something I enjoy doing" Haha he has said multiple times in the past that he hates fighting he just likes the money. Classic Diaz.

    Nick Diaz: 'Fighting is not something that I enjoy doing'
    http://mmajunkie.com/2014/07/nick-di...-i-enjoy-doing
    And if you want beef, then bring the ruckus

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    Nick is high again.

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