All it takes to get what you want in this world is saying and doing the right things.
Nick Diaz did the right thing at UFC 137 in defeating B.J. Penn, but most of all, he said the right things in calling out and challenging welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
"Where you at Georges? Where you at mother (expletive)?," yelled Diaz after the fight. "I don't think Georges is hurt, I think he's scared. I think he's scared to fight everybody right now."
According to UFC President Dana White, St-Pierre "flipped out" after Diaz's comments
"Nick needs motivation. He's got it. He's going to fight Georges St-Pierre," White said at the UFC 137 post-fight press conference. "Carlos Condit has agreed to step aside and get the next guy. [St-Pierre] said, I quote, '[Diaz] is the most disrespectful human being I've ever met, and I'm going to put the worst beating you've ever seen on him in the UFC.'"
There were a multitude of fans upset by Diaz's post-fight behavior. Many have called him "classless" and "disrespectful," but is this an accurate description of who Diaz truly is?
"I always want to go for the best fights. That's why I'm always calling out Georges St-Pierre. I don't have anything against Georges St-Pierre. I think he's a great fighter. I think he's a nice guy just like everybody else. He's a great role model," Diaz said at the post-fight presser.
"I would love to be that too if I was in that I position. I just unfortunately haven't had the opportunity or the right people behind me to push me to be that type of fighter or that type of role model."
As Diaz sat in his chair addressing the media, he didn't seem like the trash-talking, finger-flicking guy fans have grown accustomed to seeing.
It's easy to forget that the UFC is a business. Condit was at the front of the line to challenge St-Pierre for the world title. Before the fight with Penn, Diaz's camp was already clamoring about the possibility of the former Strikeforce champion jumping ahead of Condit, depending on his UFC 137 performance.
Similar to what Chael Sonnen did to Anderson Silva at UFC 136, Diaz took the microphone in his hands after the bout and proposed a fight that both the UFC and MMA fans across the globe couldn't resist.
"I've got to come off like that just to get a fight," Diaz said. "I've got to be the bad guy. You're going to point the finger, make me the bad guy. I'm the bad guy, and now I get the fight."
"The only reason I'm getting this fight is because everybody wants to see me take an ass-whooping. It's alright, I'm ready. I'll take my ass-whooping. I already worked for it. I'll take my ass-whooping. I'll take my money, and I'll go home."
Is Diaz truly a bad guy, or is he just misunderstood?
Regardless of the answer, he'll have an angry French Canadian on his hands in his next bout. St-Pierre is arguably the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
This is Diaz's dream bout, and a win would put him in position to be the things he's always wanted to be.
UFC welterweight champion Diaz addressing the media in a suit and tie? Now, that would be a sight.