Nick Diaz: ‘I’m a better stand-up fighter than Anderson Silva’

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Nick Diaz is 0-2 his last two fights, does not appear on any top-10 list, and has repeatedly said he is retired. But on March 15 he plans to be cageside at UFC 171 and hopes to challenge the winner of Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler. If he can't get that, he'd like to box Roy Jones, and figures he is a better boxer than Anderson Silva, who has also voiced an interest in that MMA vs. prizefighter matchup.

Diaz explains, in an interview with the LA Times Lance Pugmire.

“A lot of the fan base can conceive why I’d be a good fight for either guy,” said Diaz. “Either one of these fights would be a good fight for me.”

“I’m the No. 1 draw in this weight division, that’s just the way it is. I win by submissions, knockouts. There’s guys ranked above me, but no one’s interested in seeing them fight. They want to see me fight. You want to make a good fight, this’ll be a good fight.”

“The guy he’s beat haven’t been stand-up guys,” Diaz said of Hendricks. “He’s a wrestler who punches hard.”

“I’m not sure what the UFC’s agenda is when it comes to me. It’s their show, their press. They can change to whatever they want to do at any point. They own this thing. They can do whatever they want. If they don’t want this right now, they don’t have to do it.”

“It’s more about the fans wanting this.”

“People aren’t stupid. You can’t ignore their real, ultimate understanding. They know what’s going on. It’s mixed martial arts. The real fans of martial arts understand intuitively … there’s a connection with me.

“You know when I fight, I’m going to sell out the show. Everyone wants to see someone get knocked out or tapped out.”

“Me calling out Roy Jones is disrespectful,” said Diaz. “But if they want to do that, want to do something like that, [combining] sports [in a boxing match], I’ll do it. I feel I’m a better stand-up fighter than Anderson Silva.”

While the UFC says they are waiting to hear from Diaz, Roy Jones was game.

“Bring it all day long, Diaz or Silva,” said Jones.