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Nick Diaz calls GSP pampered, and that he’s the real hero in this story

What started out as a press conference turned into a game of Nick Diaz venting on everything from being yelled at by a soccer mom, portraying welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre as being pampered, railing on how mixed martial arts fights have become boring, and being mad at what is being said when it comes to promoting the March 16 title fight in Montreal. I don’t get a lot of recognition for what I have to do here, said Diaz (26-8) in one of his long venting rants. A lot of these guys go to red carpet events, are in magazines I think I’d be pretty upset. I’m coming to whip this guy’s a**. This fight is happening and nobody knows who I am. Well, everybody does. But as far as mainstream magazines, and Nike and Adidas, I’m left out of that. I just think I should be given the credit that I deserve, and that Georges St-Pierre (23-2) should be given the decorated opponent that he deserves. And I’m hardly that from the fans’ perspective and people’s perspective. And that makes me pretty angry. And I come off on a video pretty angry. You can’t say I’m disrespectful because I’d like the acknowledgement that I’ve gotten over the last months or weeks from Georges St-Pierre, because he’ll tell you he believes I’m the right guy to be in this position. What was clear is this is a match of social opposites. St-Pierre is focused on retaining his title and being the polite, well-behaving Canadian sports hero, who in his country, is the face of an misunderstood sport. With Diaz, he sees that as being phony, mad at St-Pierre for saying he’s disrespectful and deserves a beat down when promoting the fight, although it was Diaz who started the game by claiming that St-Pierre had faked an injury to get out of a previously scheduled fight with him, even if the timing doesn’t fit, given St-Pierre’s injury took place after Diaz was pulled from that fight due to no-showing a press conference. But Diaz feels the world misunderstands him, and he’s not really the bad guy in this conflict. Diaz, in his mind, is standing up for martial arts, the skill of boxing and Jiu Jitsu against rules that allow strength and athleticism to beat technique. And he feels he’s standing up against the sometimes contrived hype used to promote a fight, yet it was that same principle,using his mouth to insult the champion that put him in the position to get a title shot coming off a loss and a one-year drug suspension. I guess I like to think I’m talking up my defense, said the Stockton, Calif. native, who was the welterweight champion in Strikeforce before coming to UFC for a title fight that has been delayed for two years due to St-Pierre’s injuries and Diaz’s suspension. You never know how things are going to come off on video. It doesn’t matter. I’ve already come off a certain way to people, to the world. I’m already down that road and there’s no going back. But Diaz sees his role differently. I’d like to be thought of as someone who keeps it real, he said. I don’t like that I’m made out to be this evil person, who needs to be shot down and conquered. If anything, I’m the super hero coming in with the anti-bull****. This is mixed martial arts some boring a** s*** we’re watching, he said. I like Georges. I’m a fan of Georges St-Pierre. I appreciate everything he does, and how he does everything to win, and it meets the scoring criteria that sucks. It really f****d it up for everybody, makes it especially about the strong wrestlers. People will see mixed martial arts for what it is and what it used to be, he said. They’ve manipulated it, the scoring, the judging system. I think they should take the elbows out, too. It nullifies the action. That’s how it works. One day people are going to realize it, and realize that this motherf**** was saying it the whole time. Being stronger and explosive, beating you to the punch in five minutes, it’s not what martial arts is about, said Diaz. Fans can recognize this. I’ve watched a ****load of fights. People want to see real skill level, real Jiu Jitsu, real boxing, put together and mixed up. They want to see mixed martial arts. They don’t want to see five minutes of holding. I think there should be points deducted when you do that. You should have to punch down and have action. People should see that a little better. But St-Pierre broke from his polite manner as Diaz continually interrupted him, and tried to portray him as a rich, pampered superstar who has people at his beck and call, powdering his nose, as he put it. After hearing it for minutes on end, St-Pierre shot back, Let me tell you something you uneducated fool, as each man started going back and forth. St-Pierre, who came from his own humble beginnings, was beginning to resent the idea Diaz was portraying this as the privileged king against the struggling commoner. In St-Pierre’s mind, it’s about a guy who worked hard and smart, and is now the ire of resentment because of his success. I haven’t always been like this, he shot back at Diaz. I haven’t alw…

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