During a conference call for his upcoming fight at Strikeforce: Miami, it was very apparent that popular mixed martial artist Nick Diaz likes to do most of his talking inside the cage.
When asked for an opening statement Diaz said, “Am I supposed to have something to say?” And, when one reporter asked him to assess his opponent’s skills, Diaz responded as if it was a silly question: “Why? What is this [expletive]?”
Despite his brazen reputation, Diaz is one of the sport’s most popular athletes and has a huge following in Canada. Perhaps it is his no-nonsense approach to fighting that makes him so popular. “I’m ready to fight anybody,” said Diaz. “If you can make it, lets do it. I’ll fight wherever.”
Diaz (20-7) is scheduled to face Lithuanian kickboxer Marius Zaromskis (13-3) for the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Title on January 30. The event can be seen live in Canada on Showtime or Super Channel (check your local listings).
“It’s an honour to be in the main event of this show,” said the Cesar Gracie black belt. “It’s a big honour for me. I’m ready to fight.”
Nick Diaz returns to competing in his ideal weight class
The five round title fight will be the first time Diaz has competed at 170lbs since May of 2008 when he defeated Japan’s Katsuya Inoue by TKO. Since then, Diaz has fought in two lightweight bouts, as well as two catchweight bouts. The older brother of UFC star Nate Diaz said that those fights were not his idea, but “I’m just fighting who they want me to fight.”
For this fight, Diaz is happy to be back at his optimal weight. “I’ve been fighting at welterweight most of my life,” Diaz told Toronto’s MMA Examiner in the conference call. “I feel best at that weight. I’ve been waiting a long time to fight at this weight class. I’m happy to be back.”
Diaz’s opponent has plenty of momentum going into this fight. Zaromskis is the current DREAM Welterweight Champion and is coming off three consecutive wins, all were devastating head kick knockouts.
However, this does not worry Diaz who isn’t afraid to fight anyone. “I think he’s a good fighter. Anyone that is going to fight at this level is a good fighter,” said the Stockton, California native. “I’m going to do whatever it takes (to win the fight).”
“I’ve been doing this for a long time, I’ve got the same partners, so we’re always working on new things together,” said Diaz whose regular training partners include his brother and fellow Strikeforce stars Jake Shields and Gilbert Melendez.
Both fighters are ready to put on a show and MMA fans across Canada are looking forward to this fight. There is a strong chance it could end up being one of the more entertaining scraps of 2010.