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Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz want to fight

Nick DiazNeither Nick Diaz nor Anderson Silva have fought for quite some time — for different reasons — but they might want to face each other when they do return.

Silva is recovering from a broken leg suffered in his second consecutive loss to Chris Weidman and is likely to return in early 2015. Diaz has stepped away from MMA and is demanding a hefty payday from Dana White to return to the UFC (or at least that’s what we think — it’s so hard to tell with him).

Diaz has expressed interest in fighting only the best competition, and he specifically has said in the past that he wants to fight Silva. Silva apparently wants to fight him as well.

FOX Sports’ Damon Martin says Silva’s manager Ed Soares indicated they are interested in a fight against Diaz. Diaz told “UFC Tonight” that he is also interested in the fight.

Would White put up with Diaz’s antics and flakiness to make this happen? I think he would absolutely. Though Diaz is in a lower weight class than Silva, he holds great name value and would certainly make fans eager to watch. This would be an easy fight to sell. I also like that both would essentially be on equal ground if they fight each other considering they’ve had long layoffs from competition.

Cesar Gracie: Nick Diaz pays his taxes, may have had mole in his camp

Nick DiazCesar Gracie dismissed the notion that Nick Diaz has never paid taxes, and also implied that his fighter may have had a mole in his camp leading up to UFC 158.

Gracie, who trains and manages Diaz, made his comments during an interview with Ariel Helwani Monday on “The MMA Hour.” Diaz stole headlines despite losing to Georges St-Pierre Saturday by claiming that he was probably going to jail because he never paid his taxes. Gracie told Helwani that is not true, and that Diaz probably misspoke Saturday.

“I just have to invest a little more money (in training),” Diaz said after the fight. “Now that I have a little bit more money. I’ve never paid taxes in my life and I’ll probably go to jail.”

Diaz made his comments in a casual manner. Gracie says Diaz often contradicts himself and frequently thinks aloud, which results in wild comments like that. He told Helwani that Diaz probably meant to say he needs to file his taxes for the year.

“He has paid taxes. I think he misspoke; it’s about filing,” Gracie told Helwani. “I talked to Nick a couple years ago about tax issues he was having. As far as paying taxes, he would pay the tax and probably more than he needed to the last two years. He’s paid hundreds of thousands in taxes. He’s not in a James Toney situation or Wesley Snipes. I think his issue is he needs to properly file, so he needs to get together with a good accountant. But he has paid a lot of money in taxes.”

Gracie said he’s not aware of Diaz being in any legal trouble because of his taxes.

Gracie also said in the interview that he felt like GSP was one step ahead of Diaz the entire fight. Gracie found that odd and seemed to believe there may have been a mole in his camp.

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Nick Diaz’s camp complains about GSP’s hand wraps before fight

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Nick Diaz has spent the entire week leading up to his fight with Georges St-Pierre trying to get inside the champion’s head, and the trend seemed to continue in the hour before their fight at UFC 158 in Montreal Saturday.

UFC middleweight/welterweight Jake Shields, who trains with Diaz under Cesar Gracie, complained before the fight that GSP’s wraps looked “shady.”

Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole later reported that Shields went to talk to UFC president Dana White at ringside. According to what White told Iole, a UFC official went to check GSP’s wraps along with someone from the commission. Diaz’s camp apparently didn’t like the way GSP’s hands were wrapped, though the commission didn’t seem to see an issue.

I don’t know what the implications are for the complaint, but Diaz may have a built-in excuse if he loses. Now we can add hand wraps and steroids to the list of complaints Diaz has against GSP.

Nick Diaz accuses GSP of being on ‘plenty of steroids’

Nick Diaz is getting reckless with his accusations against Georges St-Pierre.

The two will meet Saturday at UFC 158 in Montreal, and now there is something fresh on everyone’s minds — accusations from Diaz (pictured) that his opponent is using “plenty of steroids.”

Diaz hinted during the pre-UFC 158 press conference Thursday that GSP is on steroids. That caused an angry St-Pierre to respond.

“I’m not on steroids, man,” said St-Pierre. “I never cheated once in my life.”

“We’ll see if they test who for steroids or what,” Diaz responded.

“I hope they do. I hope they do,” GSP shot back.

“You hope they do? What, for me to test positive for steroids?” asked Diaz. “Ain’t gonna happen.”

Later in the day, Diaz did a radio interview with “Tim and Sid” on 590 The Fan in Toronto and continued his accusations.

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GSP goes off on Nick Diaz, calls him an ‘uneducated fool’

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There’s a reason Dana White gets so frustrated when Nick Diaz skips his media responsibilities before a fight. On Thursday, we saw exactly why.

Diaz baited Georges St-Pierre several times throughout Thursday’s UFC 158 media conference call, prompting angry responses from the champion while successfully promoting their Mar. 16 fight in Montreal. Diaz commented multiple times about GSP’s alleged privileged lifestyle, leading to several heated exchanges between the two. GSP denied Diaz’s accusations and fired back at his opponent, calling him an “uneducated fool.”

Diaz’s rant seemed to be inspired by GSP’s revelation that he has never tweeted and that he actually has staffers who handle that for him. That seemed to set off Diaz, who dropped several curse words throughout his incoherent rambling.

You can listen to the exchange below. Beware that the language is NSFW:

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Dana White: Nick Diaz not responding to my calls, texts

There are two things we know about Nick Diaz: he is a great fighter, and he is very elusive. OK, three things. So it comes as no surprise to hear UFC president Dana White say that Diaz has been unresponsive to his communication efforts recently.

“Nick Diaz doesn’t return my calls, my texts … nothing,” an amused White told the media recnetly. “You don’t have to call me, you don’t have to text me, but you do have to show up to the press conference.”

White’s remark about showing up to the press conferences was a reference to Diaz missing flights to do promotional press conferences prior to his UFC 137 fight against Georges St-Pierre. Diaz was pulled from the main event and eventually fought BJ Penn.

Though Diaz is hard to reach, White isn’t worried when it comes to the big picture.

“Nick Diaz shows up for fights,” said White. “And Nick Diaz shows up and fights his ass off when the fight is there. He’s not a big fan of the pre-fight promotion, but you have to do it.”

Diaz is scheduled to finally get his shot at GSP over a year after the two were initially supposed to fight. As for Diaz’s behavior, when someone ignores their boss, there’s only one way to describe it: that’s a boss move.

Video of White’s comments are below (with some NSFW language):

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Nick Diaz: GSP is a p—y who can’t take a punch

Nick Diaz was back with his dashboard cam-style videos, providing analysis for last weekend’s UFC 154 card while criticizing Georges St-Pierre.

Two videos were published on YouTube Wednesday, but the uploader indicates the videos were recorded Saturday Nov. 17 before GSP beat Carlos Condit in Montreal.

Here’s what Diaz said via MMA Mania:

“Then you look at Georges, like Georges is a f—ing p—y,” Diaz says in the video. “So if he takes a punch from Condit it’s like, ‘what are you gonna do, bro? You can’t take that punch!’ You’ll see Condit come out, boom, boom, and all of a sudden Georges has fallen victim and it’s terrible. Georges can’t take those punches like that. He’s got Freddie Roach in there babying him up, I don’t think he’s doing any serious work with anybody, I don’t think he’s giving anybody any serious work. I don’t think they would be confident having him spar with somebody that’s going to put real punches on him.”

Diaz also analyzed the Condit-St-Pierre fight and talked about the strategy GSP would likely use. His predictions were pretty accurate, though he says GSP’s techniques wouldn’t work on him.

Diaz has been calling out GSP for a while, and the two were actually supposed to fight in February until St-Pierre pulled out with an injury. Nick is currently under a one-year suspension after testing positive for marijuana following his loss to Condit. He will be eligible to fight again in February, and it seems like he’s angling for another chance at GSP.

Below is video of his comments (NSFW language):

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