The highly controversial Nick Diaz spoke during a recent media call and made this statement regarding the welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre and the man he his facing this weekend, BJ Penn:
“I think B.J. is a lot better fighter to be honest with you, on a technical standpoint. He’s much better at jiu-jitsu, boxing, even on a physical level I wouldn‘t count him out. I don’t think he should be fighting at this weight. I think he’s a much better fighter than GSP all-around. I’m not happy about it at all. I’m fighting a guy that’s my friend, or was my friend and now I’m fighting this guy. I’ll be set to fight. I signed to fight a certain guy (St-Pierre). I thought we had a deal. That’s kind of where I’m at on it.
“I’m going to deal with it. This is hard times, just like it’s been. I’m not expecting it to get any easier. This definitely doesn’t make it any easier. I don’t like fighting people that I already know, or I’ve already met, or trained with, or have video on me. We’ve spent a lot of time training together. It’s kind of shady feelings going into fights like that. I’m just doing what my manager says.”
“I would have preferred to fight GSP, of course, because it’s not like I’m fighting somebody that I already know. I’m fighting for the title. That’s why I started this. That’s why I’m fighting for the UFC, because I came to fight for the title. I came for the money. I came to fight for the title. That was the GSP fight. Now I’m not getting that fight.”
“I think I have the right skills and the right tools to do the job in that fight. I don’t know if this fight is going to make me come off any better or worse. I know that I think that Georges comes out; he’s a little bit bigger than B.J. size-wise, so he’s able to hold B.J. and stall for the rounds. I don’t think he would have been able to do that to me, especially in a five-round fight, so I was looking forward to that.”