Dana White: If victorious over BJ Penn, Nick Diaz will get a title shot

UFC President Dana White, who was in attendance at the Toyota Center in Houston following this past weekend’s UFC 136, discusses the future of top Welterweight contender Nick Diaz. White confirms that if victorious over B.J. Penn on October 29th, Diaz will, in fact, be next in line for a title shot.

Dana White

“I saw (Nick Diaz) when Nate (Diaz) won. He was at that fight and everything seems good. He seems like his head is in the right place and we’re ready to go. Yea, (if he beats Penn I’d be willing to give him the winner of GSP vs. Condit).

Listen, who knows, I don’t see that happening again. If it does, I mean, I don’t even know what to say. It just is what it is. … We don’t baby sit man. He knows, we’ve talked. I would seriously be shocked if he didn’t show up at another press conference. And if he does, I don’t even know what to say. I guess that would be the end of it. … I expect nothing from him (at the press conferences). I expect him to be sitting right here in this chair. He doesn’t have to answer one question if he doesn’t want to. I just want him to sit there and then get up and do the (staredown). Just show up man. He’s probably going to flip everybody off and do all this other stuff – its Nick Diaz. I don’t want him to not be Nick Diaz, I just need him to show up.”

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    October 12, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I like this side of Dana.

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    October 12, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Dana knows at the end of the day, it’s all about making the best fights happen.

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    October 12, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I have ran into Nick a few times in Oakland, his rough weird behavior is not an act. Nick is like a real tough shy Guy who doesn’t like a lot of attention, I hope he can keep it together so he can get another 1st crack @ the title

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    October 12, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    who else would they give the title flight for if nick wins this is stupid

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    Jamie Kennedy

    October 12, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    It’s just Nick being Nick… He will always show up to fight; I could care less about the press conferences, I don’t watch them anyways.

    Also, it’s pretty dumb to take him out of the title fight, and put him in the co-main…. of the SAME card. Makes no sense, suppose it’s Dana’s way of punishing him. smh

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    October 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Around and around we go… I need to watch all my fights on mute and just wait to see what occurs behind the scenes..

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    October 12, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    right on, nick better win

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    October 12, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Nick’s lucky to still be in the UFC. The guy was SF champ so he knows all about showing up for press conferences & what not. I really hope he doesn’t screw this up.

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    Joey Santosus

    October 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Yea, because it was guaranteed after what happened and all, right? Thanks for the input tho :)

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    October 12, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    dam straight the fans wanna see diaz vs GSP no doubt but BJ aint no push over it will be a very tough fight for nick

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    October 12, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    as far as cardio goes there isnt a more prepared fighter in the UFC
    I love to watch nick fight.He is a favorite of mine but business is business get together Man!

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    October 12, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Cool – so BJ is gonna get the Title shot after he knocks down and chokes out an overrated Diaz.

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    Bruce Lee

    October 12, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    TJ, I think the “social anxiety issue” is an excuse. It is a personality disorder – he does what he wants and doesn’t care what others think.

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    Bruce Lee

    October 12, 2011 at 11:04 pm


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    October 12, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Personally, I think the winner of the two of them should have to fight Jon Fitch for a shot at the title. He’s cleaned out the Welterweight division about as thoroughly as GSP himself, and has only ever lost in the UFC to the champ. He’s got more claim to a shot at the belt than pretty much everyone else in the division.

    On top of that, the winner makes sense for a fight with Fitch either way. If Penn wins, it’s a rematch that was originally scheduled anyway. If Diaz wins, it’ll be a fight between Fitch and about the only person on the planet he’s ever talked smack about and called out. Fitch has asserted Diaz can’t win against a strong wrestler. While I think I’d give Fitch much better odds against GSP than the last time they fought, I think most people would probably say that if Diaz can’t get through Fitch, an elite wrestler with a mediocre striking game, then he has no business fighting GSP, who is Fitch’s equal in wrestling with much better standup.

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    October 12, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Well the problem with Fitch is that he is a boring matchup with GSP. No one wants to watch 2 boring wrestlers fight. The thing with Nick Diaz is he poses a threat to GSP on the ground with his submission skills and could potentially outbox GSP. Fitch doesnt pose a threat to GSP standing up or on the ground Its all about the matchups. This is why Condit is such a good challenger for GSP, he has great striking and submission skills.

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    October 13, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Like this idea, hope he can win his next fight and BJ can win so trashtalking Diaz will have to wait much longer before his title shot, we’ll see the Penn-Fitch rematch which will be interesting and we’ll be sure to have the best contender for gsp. If penn wins he’ll have a third chance against st-pierre and if Fitch wins he will clearly be a tough challenge. Also hope gsp wins at UFC 137 so all of what I said can come true ;)

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    October 13, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Cool. So where did you get your psychology degree?

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    October 13, 2011 at 12:10 am

    I’m talking to you BruceLee

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    October 13, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Diaz got owned by Sean Sherk, who GSP wrecked. Diaz also dropped a decision to freakin’ Karo Parisyian, who GSP wrecked. He’s been protected from strong wrestlers since. He’d get pummeled to a greasy stain under either GSP or Fitch, and he’ll probably get pinned and beat up by Penn. All of the “interesting” aspects of Diaz’s fight style are lost if a strong wrestler refuses to stand with him.

    Meanwhile Fitch is probably a better grappler than Koscheck, and he has much better defensive stand up. GSP can’t lay on him for five rounds or jab him to a pulp. He can come with a winning gameplan, but there is no easy path to victory against Fitch. There is one against Diaz: Wrestling. Diaz vs. GSP might be more marketable, but it will by no means be the better fight.

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    October 13, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Agreed! Fitch has earned the shot.

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    October 13, 2011 at 1:40 am

    It’s not trash talk, but he will badger him in the fight to scrap. That’s a given. I have seen them roll together and Nick came out on top almost every time. BJ was a prodigy, but the warrior spirit left him long ago. He will need it to win this fight.

    Either way this fight ends up, I will enjoy it. But my money is on Nick.

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    Bruce Lee

    October 13, 2011 at 2:02 am

    @TJ crystal balls are over-rated. They’re really cold in the winter time and they hurt when you sit on them

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    Bruce Lee

    October 13, 2011 at 2:06 am

    I got my psychology degree and my MD both at the University of Manitoba.

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    Bruce Lee

    October 13, 2011 at 2:07 am

    I don’t think you really want to know, do you? I actually have a psychology degree and an MD…however, it was a funny question anyway Mousasi.

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    October 13, 2011 at 2:09 am

    I agree. The GSP vs. Fitch fight was epic–and Fitch got some hard shots in on GSP–and the fight went everywhere. But if you see Fitch’s face after that fight–he was beaten up bad. It is a testament to his toughness and heart he was not KTFOd in that fight–he was wobbly a number of times.

    My main concern is whether Fitch has improved enough to give GSP a real test, but Fitch’s record is amazing and as good as you can get without having a belt.

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    October 13, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Well I have an ounce of respect for your opinion now.

    If you can tell me when you examined and diagnosed Diaz, I will have a pound.

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    Bruce Lee

    October 13, 2011 at 5:15 am

    I didn’t examine him and diagnose him. I’m just having a casual opinionated conversation on an MMA website. You asked me about the degree. I didn’t bring it up.

    You seem confused. Are you okay?

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    October 13, 2011 at 5:48 am

    nick diaz took a step backward, and for what? to get back right in the same situation and do what he didn’t want to do in the first place? (the press conference). makes absolutely no sense

    but anyways, i’ll watch nick’s most boring fight over GSP’s most entertaining fight anyday

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    October 13, 2011 at 5:49 am

    if you want to score points, go play basketball or tennis

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    October 13, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I’m fine. Respect weighs nothing so an ounce is virtually infinite. Just take the compliment.

    More seriously, it’s just a pet peeve of mine when people talk about a fighter’s psyche when they have probably never met them, definitely never had a real conversation with them, and can honestly claim no real knowledge of their character.

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    October 13, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Damn, God really took a rest on Nick Diaz. One ugly mzfka.

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    Bruce Lee

    October 13, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Respect weigh nothing so an ounce is infinite. That’s hilarious. I gave you a “funny”. Take care.

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