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B.J. Penn Goes After Nick Diaz on Twitter, Eyeing Return to Cage

The last we heard of B.J. Penn came after his October loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 137. Penn was beaten badly in the fight and said afterwards that he was probably retiring. Now that he’s had some time off, he seems to have changed his mind.

Penn uncharacteristically called out Nick Diaz over Twitter Thursday.

“Look how much bigger you are in this pic..” he tweeted at Diaz (picture seen above). “I thought you were gonna scrap from the beginning homie? What was that coward fence holding strategy to tire out the smaller man? Street fighter my ass! I made you fight like glass jaw @jonfitchdotnet poser! I’ll be ready for that weak bs next time we fight!”

Penn’s Twitter account is also linked to the people that run his website, but they confirmed the tweet came from B.J.

“BJ wrote it and he was fired up and not just an off-beat bad day type of fired up, it’s that old fire that we haven’t seen in a while and it appears to be back,” they say.

It’s not too much of a surprise to hear he has the fire again. No fighter is happy about his career prospects after getting his face smashed. But we’ve learned that after you give them some time to recover, they often reverse their decision to retire.

Glove touch to Bloody Elbow

Nick Diaz Calls Out GSP After UFC 137 Win

Nick Diaz won a unanimous decision against B.J. Penn at UFC 137 in Las Vegas Saturday night and wasted little time calling out his next opponent.

“Georges, Georges” Diaz yelled as he stomped around the cage.

He was looking for Georges St-Pierre who was at the Mandalay Bay for the fights.

“I don’t think Georges is hurt. I think he’s scared,” Diaz said after his win. “He’s scared to fight everyone right now.”

Diaz was initially scheduled to fight GSP at UFC 137, but he got taken off the main event after missing back-to-back press conferences. He lost the title shot but was booked to fight Penn the next day. Carlos Condit was supposed to sub in for Diaz and face St. Pierre, but GSP pulled out of the fight with a knee injury.

There is little doubt that Diaz and GSP will be booked to fight at some point in 2012 once GSP is ready. And let’s not forget that Diaz needs time to heal from his fight against Penn. Even though he battered B.J. more than anyone had before, he took several punches and ended the night with a bloody face.

After that impressive win, it’s impossible not to be excited for a Diaz-St. Pierre title fight.

Nick Diaz Tries to Avoid Interview with Ariel Helwani, Rambles About Fight

Nick Diaz is headlining Saturday evening’s Strikeforce card in San Diego along with Paul Daley. The two are fighting for the welterweight title and they went through the weigh-in and interview pre-fight song and dance Friday, only Diaz wasn’t delighted about having to do his media promotion. Check out his bizarre interview with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, and all I can say is it sure sounded like Nick’s weed talking more than anything else. Here’s their interview:

Alright, so what I gathered there is Diaz didn’t want to talk because he wanted to avoid a controversy. What it seems like to me is Nick is one of those guys who tells it straight, so the more interviews he does the more he gets himself into trouble. In that sense, he’s similar to guys like T.O. or Randy Moss who have had to shut out the media at times just to avoid causing problems. I think it’s the same issue for Nick. Still, something seemed a wee bit off there, and it wasn’t Ariel’s behavior.

Thanks to 5th Round for the heads up.

MMA Fighter Nick Diaz Thinks He Knows How to Beat a Drug Test

This seems to be quite the trend lately — first it was Tony Mandarich telling us how to beat a steroids test, now it’s Nick Diaz explaining how to beat a weed test. First off, you need to know that Diaz is fighting on a pretty big card this weekend on Showtime against Frank Shamrock. Now know that MMA requires intense skill, courage, training, and ability. You figure that means cutting out all pleasures in life and just hitting the gym, drinking water, and eating egg yokes. Not the case for Diaz:

“I’m more consistent about everything being a cannabis user,” Diaz said in an interview with The Times last week. “I’m happy to get loaded, hear some good music . . . I remain consistent. And I have an easy way to deal with [the drug tests].

“I can pass a drug test in eight days with herbal cleansers. I drink 10 pounds of water and sweat out 10 pounds of water every day. I’ll be fine.”

Well, if the police ever need to meet their ticket quota for the month, I would suggesting showing up at Diaz’s house. I guess he’s trying to make the case for the “productive pot-head.” Aside from being illegal, weed is banned from MMA because it’s considered a pain-masking agent. And for all the stuff Diaz says about beating a test, it sure didn’t help him two years ago when he tested positive at Pride 33. Maybe he hadn’t quite perfected his routine by then — I’m guessing he was only drinking five pounds of water.