The cage fight between Nick Diaz and Paul Daley on Saturday is going to be awesome, but I’ve also been enjoying the battle between the two as to who can shoot themselves in the foot the worst in the new Zuffa-owned Strikeforce world.
Paul Daley has been talking shit non-stop in interviews about how he feels disrespected by the UFC and Dana White. He called Scott Coker a sell out, declared he’ll never be a company man, and is mainly interested in winning the belt as a ‘kick in the teeth’ to Zuffa. Nick Diaz is playing a more subtle game, but it’s there none the less. As usual he’s been missing interviews, skipping open workouts, and complaining about money non-stop. Now he’s putting his mug on our beloved Ariel Helwani:
ND: I’m all right. I wasn’t going to do this interview but they told me I had to. So you know … I feel good, ready to fight. I dunno, I don’t have much to say.
AH: Is it something against me? Do you not like me Nick?
ND: I feel like you instigate fights quite a bit, but…
AH: Fights between the fighters?
ND: Yeah. I mean maybe that’s your job but where I come from, you know, people like that get slapped.
For some reason, I don’t think stuff like this is what Dana White meant when he said Nick Diaz needs to learn how to ‘play the game’ a little.