Nick Diaz has never been the level head in the room. Nobody has ever said, “Nick Diaz is the voice of reason.” He’ll never earn a living in diplomacy or as a moderator. Today, he and Georges St Pierre were on a media call, when the subject of GSP being pampered came up. That was all Diaz needed to go full “209” on his Canadian counterpart.
The highlights of this media call are many, but here’s a handful to give you some insight into just how far Nick’s cheese slipped off his cracker.
On the subject of doing his media requirements: “I don’t mind…when I’m ready for it. I got cameras following me around, and I don’t mind that either. I don’t care if there’s a camera crew in the backseat of my car. I could give a sh*t. I just don’t like when I’m not ready for it and don’t know about it. You’ve got Georges, and someone is over there powdering his nose and sending him off for a video shoot. He’s got someone making a Twitter for him. My life’s a mess. I’m not afraid to admit it. I work hard, regardless, but I don’t have people toweling me off and handing me water bottles left and right, paying for my training for me. I’ve got to do all that sh*t on my own, and that’s why I have to concentrate that much harder, because I don’t have people taking care of my money or tax obligations. All that stuff that’s important that people don’t want to talk about. I’m just busy fighting all of your fights. I don’t see anybody else bringing sh*t to the table.”
The infamous pampered question that started Nick’s Rage: “I hope so, motherf*cker! If I had that money, I’d be pampering myself up and having motherf*ckers pampering my sh*t left and right. Every hour, they’d be showing up to pamper me. That would be that.”
George St. Pierre responds: “Let me tell you something, you uneducated fool. Listen to me, I have not always been rich. I started from [the] bottom. I made myself and worked very hard to be where I am right now. I know you don’t believe it, because you didn’t succeed yet, and maybe you will never succeed in your life because I don’t think you’re smart enough to understand how you should [behave] to reach that point. When you talk about people doing stuff for me... when you reach a point in your business, you need a team of people to work for you to make the economy, to keep the money rolling. You don’t know anything about me, man. You have no idea where I come from. You’re not the only jealous guy.”
Nick continues: “That sounds nice, George. That sounds nice. If I wore some tight shorts out there and got a haircut and had someone buttering me up halfway through [my career] and telling me this bullsh*t, maybe it would have worked out. You don’t know where I come from. I’m not jealous, OK? You did what you had to do. I don’t mean to be disrespectful. I don’t have anything against you, and I think you’ve done a great job for who you are and what you have to work with. So what if you’re pampered out? I don’t have anything against that. All I’m saying [is] that I hope so, motherf*cker, because this is some f*cked up sh*t. If I had the money and the right people on my side working with me to make sure I had my sh*t ready, I’d be doing it, but I’m over here still doing that sh*t. Try doing that sh*t from when you’re 21 all the way until you’re 32, like you are now. It’s a bitch.”
St. Pierre responds: “If you are where you are right now, and I have what I have, that is not my fault. That is because of you, man. You did not succeed. It’s on you, man.”
Nick interrupts: “I wasn’t pointing fingers toward you or anything being your fault. The guy asked you a question about being pampered. Answer the f*cking question, then. That’s what this is about.”
St. Pierre gets a little angry: “I don’t even know what that means, that word. I don’t understand half of the words that you are saying, because your English... I speak English better than you.”
Diaz retorts: “You’re out of line, bro. You understand that?”
It was quite a contentious call between two guys who claim to not have anything against each other. Diaz said someone in Lodi, a soccer mom rolled her window down and told him at a stop light that she “hoped GSP kicks your ass.” It’s that kind of life right now for the Stockton kid.
Nick Diaz has a reputation as the bad guy. Of course he’s not, he’s just not polished. He’s in the fight business and he doesn’t feel like that requires him to play the popularity game. That being said, he’s facing the most popular fighter in the sport, and he can expect the hate to get worse before it gets better.
Days like today do little to quell the speculation that he’s a punk kid. His use of colorful language will likely draw the ire of many. MMA is constantly fighting a battle with image, and when Nick Diaz launches into these tirades, he hurts that image. It must be a frustrating situation for him. Nick genuinely wants to be the good guy, but then sabotages it at every turn. GSP can’t be feeling too chipper after this either. You can hear embarrassment in his voice when Diaz explodes.
Something tells me a win at UFC 158 would make everything better.
For both of them.