If you think Nate Diaz‘s standard expression while fighting looks like a face of frustration, it’s because it actually is. The 26-year old who meets Donald Cerrone in the co-main event of UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem on Friday night seems to always have a sadistic smile on his mug, possibly a little surprising from a fighter that has earned seven post-bout awards in his fourteen UFC fights, but according to the 155er there’s a good reason for it.
“When I fight, I’m mad. I’m starving, I had to make weight, I trained my ass off, and I’m there to entertain,” said Diaz, in a recent interview with UFC’s website. “I’m just trying to do what I gotta do. Some people are out there trying to be the nicest guy, but I feel like a lot of that is frontin’. When you see me on camera, I’ve got to fight another person, and I’m not gonna put on a front.”
Diaz, coming off a submission victory over Takanori Gomi earlier this year, will try to halt the runaway train that is Cerrone when the two square off tomorrow evening. The two have had some heated exchanges but, to Diaz, that’s all part of the process even if he actually respects his adversary.
For example, at yesterday’s pre-fight press conference, Diaz removed Cerrone’s trademark cowboy hat during a staredown between the two, yet in reference to his opponent Diaz explained, “He’s actually one of the guys who likes to fight in the UFC, compared to people who like to wrestle and jump around, point scoring and doing all that funny stuff.”
Catch Diaz-Cerrone as part of a card headlined by heavyweights Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem when the PPV fires up at 10:00 PM EST. Other bouts scheduled for the lineup include Alexander Gustafsson-Vladimir Matyushenko and Jon Fitch-Johny Hendricks.
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