Friday, June 24, 2022

Nick Diaz Not Happy With Performance, Didn't Want Fight Against Penn

By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

During Nick Diaz's appearance at the UFC 137 post fight press conference, he vented his frustrations for the issues he faces fighting in mixed martial arts and also talked about why he wasn't motivated or happy about having to fight BJ Penn in the main event:

“I don't like walking past (BJ and his camp) and having to give them dirty looks. I don't like walking past them and having nobody want to say hi to me and shake hands like we don't know each other. That's just not the way it should be.

“I don't want to fight people I already know. I don't think that's what fighting is all about, and so I didn't want this fight. It wasn't motivating for me. It wasn't motivating for a lot of people because I wasn't motivated.”

“I didn't have any sort of workouts like I have had in the past. I would have come out 10 times better than I look tonight, that's for sure. I don't take punches like that when I'm working out with guys like Andre Ward and the guys even that are working out with Andre Ward. If I could have got any of the sparring that I've had in the past, I would have been a lot more confident just having known that I worked out with some of these guys that are at that top level.”

“There's not enough money in this sport. You've got Floyd Mayweather making $25 million. He can't stop a double-leg. I had to go to school to learn how to do thats— I had to work hard, and I had to study every aspect. That's what we're doing out here. I think that if I was making a tiny piece of that that everybody I know would be compensated

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