GSP on Nick Diaz: “He has problems with anxiety”
With all the talk about Dana White threatening to pull Nick Diaz from his title bout against Georges St. Pierre, everyone forgot about the one man that might be affected by that even more than Diaz. That person would be the champion himself, because GSP is the one who asked for this bout after he said Diaz was “The most disrespectful man in all of MMA.” GSP wants this bout so he can finally settle the disputes between Diaz and himself, a dispute that has festered ever since the Cesar Gracie fighter re-entered the UFC back in October of 2011.
“I hope they don’t take him out because I’ve trained hard. He’ll show up. It would be inconceivable that he doesn’t. He can make some money that will maybe last the rest of his life. Not showing up would be really stupid, and he’s not stupid. He’s strange and unorthodox. He has maybe had trouble dealing with stress in the past. But he’s not an imbecile.”
GSP understands that Diaz has issues with the media. He says it should not be such a big deal, because doing interviews is just as much a part of the job as fighting. Without interviews, it is hard to sell a fight that nobody knows about.
“Seriously, I despise it. I like you guys (reporters), but I don’t like doing this. I’ve been repeating the same thing 50 times every week. It’s like a computer in my head. But it’s part of my job, so he has to do the same. Otherwise, it’s not fair.”
At the end of the day, GSP does not care about what problems Diaz has, and he just hopes he is ready to fight regardless of what comes up before. The one thing you can count on is that the longtime welterweight champion is going to be ready on March 16 no matter who shows up as his opponent.
“We all have our problems. I don’t know why he’s had a problem with that. It’s true he has problems with anxiety. When he’s in front of a camera he’s not the same. But that’s up to him to deal with. I control what I can control, and that’s to be ready for March 16.”