When UFC 158 ended on Saturday night, all seemed right with the world.
Georges St-Pierre conquered yet another foe, maybe his most volatile yet, but even in those heated moments he managed to share an embrace with opponent Nick Diaz as they both raised each other's hands in victory.
After the fight was over, St-Pierre complimented Diaz on his toughness and how hard it was to prepare for him. Diaz congratulated St-Pierre, and then made reference to retirement again, the same thing he did after a loss to Carlos Condit in 2012.
At the customary post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White made a couple of quick announcements. One was saying that St-Pierre was dealing with the commission and would be along in a few minutes and the other he stated, "Nick Diaz said I am done, my job is over, I'm out of here. I said okay."
The press conference went on like normal and eventually St-Pierre showed up and he started answering the lion's share of the questions per usual with the main-event winner in any major UFC event.
Like magic, however, about 37 minutes into the presser, a reporter turns and asks Nick Diaz a question and as if he popped up from under the table, there he was, microphone in hand awaiting his chance to answer.
What followed for the remaining nearly 15 minutes, much like the pre-fight press conference and the UFC 158 media call, it became the Nick Diaz show.
Diaz stated clearly the reason that he appeared at the presser in the first place was to say that 30 minutes after he was ready to retire, he'd gladly change his mind for another shot at St-Pierre or maybe even a superfight against middleweight king Anderson Silva.
"I can sit here and make a million excuses why I wasn't ready for this fight, but the only reason I'm here is I want a rematch. I think I can beat you. That's what I think," Diaz said staring directly at St-Pierre, who was sitting one seat away with Johny Hendricks sitting between them.
"I think I may be a better matchup for Anderson Silva as well, so we'll see. We'll see what happens. I didn't have a good first round or a good performance tonight. I think maybe next time if I did get an extra shot, I think people would try to help me out a little bit."
The last comment that Diaz made ended up with a few eyebrows being raised in the audience of reporters after the Stockton, Calif., native has made clear his undying loyalty to his team at Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu over his entire career. Did his team fail him somehow leading into the biggest fight of his career?
"As soon as I had it coming, nobody was around to help me," Diaz explained. "The only ones that came to help me was my Sambo coach Gil Castillo, Jake (Shields) and Gil (Melendez), they can't train hard right now. They've got fights coming up, they've got stuff going on, and they need have their down time when they have down time. I can't go roughing those guys up just cause I need training."
Diaz did go on to name some of the young guns from around the gym that did help him prepare for St-Pierre, but he then turned his attention back to St-Pierre and Hendricks, who were sitting to his immediate right.
"I don't know why you guys are sitting next to each other, you're going to fight. I don't understand that. I don't think anybody wants to see that still to this day," Diaz said speaking directly to St-Pierre and Hendricks, who by this time could only smile at what was being said about him only a foot away.
"I hate that (Carlos Condit) lost, I hate it. No offense, but I don't think he lost. I just think that the way that this sport is geared towards a wrestler. Going on top every round."
Diaz wasn't impressed by Hendricks' win over Condit or the way that St-Pierre chose to out wrestle him for the better part of the 25-minute fight they just finished, either.
The former Strikeforce champion referenced Pride Fighting Championships and their method of rules and scoring that kept the fights moving or competitors were penalized.
He said he's not a fan of elbows and how they are used on the ground in MMA now, and then Diaz set his sights directly on St-Pierre, who just like Hendricks, was only a few feet away.
"This guy has no punching power, no offense. You're a wrestler," Diaz said to St-Pierre. "But he doesn't have punching power."
The bizarre rant traveled in many different directions, including Diaz admitting that he has never actually paid taxes, which may be a public statement he one day wishes he hadn't said.
"I've never paid taxes in my life, I'm probably going to go to jail," Diaz stated.
For reference sake, Diaz only fought once in 2012 and he was paid a lump sum of $200,000 for his performance against Carlos Condit at UFC 143. Following the fight, Diaz tested positive for marijuana and was fined $60,000 for his infraction by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Whether Diaz actually paid his taxes or not was just another layer to the ongoing saga that he's created for himself over the last two weeks. When it was all said and done, Diaz ended the press conference with one final jab at the fight he just lost to St-Pierre by saying, "Five rounds woke me up, I'm ready to fight."
Perhaps the press conference was the time when Diaz truly did awaken because he managed to take the spotlight away from St-Pierre, Hendricks and even UFC president Dana White for the better part of 15 minutes as he went on and on about a myriad of subjects mostly stating how he wasn't making excuses just before making an excuse.
Love him or hate, him however, Diaz is still one of the most polarizing characters in all of mixed martial arts, and if he decides to stick around and fight again, there will be plenty of people paying attention.
Damon Martin is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report and all quotes were obtained first hand unless otherwise noted.
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