If you still buy that Nate Diaz vs. Donald Cerrone won't provide a last-minute candidate for "Fight of the Year" at UFC 141 this Friday, you clearly have not seen what happened when the two stared down at the prefight press conference for UFC 141.
The procedure was standard: get asked the same questions that everyone always asks them, answer them without lashing out at reporters that have heard the answers to the questions a thousand times and then shake hands, smile, and stare down the UFC 141 opponent.
That's how it was supposed to go, right?
Wrong—so terribly wrong.
Obscenity-laden responses found their way into the presser at one turn or another, which is standard if you take into account the million and one times that Dana White has done it for interviews, in between a tidbit of Miguel Torres returning to the UFC (to which the former WEC bantamweight champion tweeted his gratitude). But the real money shot of the conference's ending was not the handshake and the focus shown by Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem.
The real "you should have been there" moment of the presser was what transpired when Diaz and Cerrone stared down with daggers, samurai swords, firearms, battle-axes, gauntlets, nunchucks and whatever other forms of weaponry exist in the world. All the weaponry was seen in their eyes and their body language.
All of this happened before Diaz flipped Cerrone's eponymous trademark off his head before shoving him.
White, of course, stepped in to break them up and prevent a prefight presser brawl, but "it" proverbially hit the fan early.
Seriously, you couldn't pay us to make this s**t up.
If it wasn't on before, it's on now. And if neither man swings after the bell or after the finish of the fight on Friday night in what should make for an intense classic, it'll be arguably the true upset of 2011.