UFC welterweight Nick Diaz told the Montreal crowd that he was considering retirement following his disappointing loss to UFC welterweight Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158. The Stockton, California native was singing a different tune by the time he spoke to FUEL TV’s Ariel Helwani and wanted a rematch with the champion.
“I want a rematch. Georges St-Pierre, if you’d give me a rematch, I‘d appreciate it because I could beat you.”
The request was a bit unexpected, however Diaz believes that things would be different if he faced the champion. Diaz told Helwani:
“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. 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 explained that while he has been trying to retire, he still wants a rematch with the welterweight champion.
“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.”
UFC president Dana White was quick to shoot down any thought of a rematch, insisting that Johny Hendricks was next in line for the title. Diaz then surprisingly dropped in on the post-fight press conference, insisting that he is a better matchup for both St-Pierre and UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
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