UFC welterweight Nick Diaz said he was ready to call it quits after a one-sided outpointing to champion Georges St-Pierre last night at UFC 158, expressing frustration with the way the system favors grapplers like GSP who possess the ability to take an opponent down and hold him there. However, after the event Diaz was singing a different tune, showing interest in earning another tilt with the title-holder.
“I could have had a better training camp. I’m not making excuses. Nobody had faith in me to win this fight. I think I could have stopped the takedowns and I could have gotten the takedowns,” said Diaz of his performance during Fuel TV’s post-show coverage. “I was flat. The first two rounds, I was moving slow. The third and fourth round I was moving pretty good. I was hoping for a knockout.”
Diaz went on to explain he felt the time difference between California, where he trains/lives, and Montreal may have played a role in his lackluster energy level. As such, Diaz is confident a different environment would deliver a different result.
“I want a rematch. Georges St-Pierre, if you’d give me a rematch, I‘d appreciate it because I could beat you,” Diaz stated. “I’m trying to retire. I’m trying to get out of this gig. But I’d like a rematch. I think I can stop the takedowns and beat him. I’m not hurt. He hits like a woman. He hits like a girl because he’s too scared to let go to get a real punch in.”
The defeat was Diaz’s second straight and marked the beginning of his first losing streak since 2006.
The compete interview with Diaz can be seen below:
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