Since Jason Miller hasn’t done anything this year other than beat a few sacrificial lambs, I can understand why Nick Diaz doesn’t think Mayhem deserves to fight him. But you can’t say “I’m not going to fight this chump” while simultaneously seizing every opportunity to try and start a fight:
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned that Diaz and Miller nearly came to blows backstage following Saturday night’s “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2″ event and had to be separated by Showtime officials.
According to a source who witnessed the scene, Diaz and Miller locked eyes while passing each other in the hallway between the dressing rooms and the pressroom as the post-event press conference took place. Words were exchanged, and Diaz allegedly threw a water bottle at Miller. The two were immediately broken up by members of their respective camps and Showtime officials.
MiddleEasy has the particulars:
As the two were approaching each other, things seemed to be somewhat civil. Out of nowhere, Nick Diaz launched a water bottle directly at Mayhem’s face — almost at point-blank range. It hit Mayhem directly in the face, water exploded everywhere and Miller looked stunned. Security got in-between the two and Nick Diaz held his arms up and said ‘Come on you fat [expletive]!’. He then tried shoving the security away to get close to Mayhem while screaming ‘Let’s do it right now!’. Nick Diaz managed to get within swinging distance, and then more security jumped in and held back Nick and finally got him to walk in the opposite direction, towards the post-fight press conference room.
Meanwhile, Strikeforce has already decided that Nick will be facing off against the winner of Paul Daley vs Scott Smith – which I assume means they REALLY REALLY hope Daley wins since Smith already got his clock cleaned by Nick. As to the possibility of Mayhem vs Diaz? Scott Coker says he can say more in two weeks, which is his new answer for every question anyone asks him.