As UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre pointed out yesterday during a conference call with media promoting UFC 158, fellow fighter Nick Diaz isn’t always the easiest individual to understand in interviews. However, one message Diaz got across loud and clear during the session was his interest in challenging himself against the sport’s best. That, of course, includes St-Pierre who Diaz will mix it up with next weekend. However, the 29-year old doesn’t plan on limiting himself to any one division when it comes to his future endeavors.
“It’s not just good fights – it’s fighters,” said Diaz of his goals in MMA. “I’m looking past every opponent to get to the #1 spot of the welterweight division and then I look past that. I look further beyond that.”
Specifically, the Stockton-based scrapper wants to be seen as a pound-for-pound great meaning he’s open to bouts against lightweight champion Benson Henderson and middleweight king Anderson Silva. As chance would have, St-Pierre has been called out by both but declined, creating a situation Diaz never sees himself in.
“If I had that option available to me I would be honored to be in that position and I would be gratefully accepting of that position or fight if you will with the 185-pound champion or the 155-pound champion,” explained Diaz. “I would take either fight, and I think I could beat either guy. I would like to be the guy to win a title at both weights.”
Diaz is 26-8 in his career with wins in multiple weight-classes. He has come out triumphant in eleven of his last twelve tilts with the lone exception being a controversial decision loss to Carlos Condit last year.
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