The six athletes had the following to say at today’s open workouts:
Nick Diaz, UFC interim welterweight contender (@NickDiaz209)
“I don't have it out for people, but I know who I am supposed to fight to be the best andthat’s why I’m in this fight with Carlos Condit. He’s the next guy I need to prove myself against. We are both top level and we win by doing damage, not by trying to score points. He has a realistic fighting style like I do. I am not crazy, in my opinion everyone else is crazy. It is real fighting, real martial arts.
Carlos is a very well rounded guy. He’s tough and it will be a fight. I’m cool with him, but like always I don’t want to be around him because I am fighting him. I don't act one way in front of a camera and another way when I'm not. I'm emotional but I don't stage anything. People say I am crazy but I think other people are crazy for acting all nice around people they are supposed to fight. I don't put on a show, what you see is what you get, and sorry some people can't handlethat.
With me, you get the real me, real martial arts and a real warrior mentality. I don't act friends with anyone I am going to fight. That's crazy, I don’t understand that. Some people aren’t mature enough to understand I don’t want to put on an act for the cameras. I’m real. I’m acting natural, I don’t want to be friends around a guy I am about to fight.
This isn't soccer, it is fighting. I've got no problem that this is a sporting event and being respectful but it is a fight. It is what it is. It matters how I am seen by fans, sometimes I care, sometimes I don't but when I think about it I try to be real.”
Carlos Condit, UFC interim welterweight contender (@CarlosCondit)
“It’s been a crazy roller-coaster, this last few months. First I was fighting BJ Penn, then Georges St-Pierre for the belt, now Nick Diaz for the interim belt. I just know I am ready. I’m ready to spoil the plans for GSP to come back and fight Diaz. I understand Diaz has said things to upset Georges, I understand he wants to fight him, but it won’t be next. When GSP comes back, I will be the interim champion.
Roy Nelson, UFC heavyweight contender (@RoyNelsonMMA)
“All my UFC wins are by knockout, but fighting a BJJ guy it may be time to use some of my BJJ skills in this fight. Beating Werdum will change the landscape of the division for me. From a ranking perspective, I think this win would take me to No.3 or No.4. I am here to win the world title, that’s my goal. Even when I lost to Junior, I didn’t slip down (the rankings) too much and I got a lot of fans for that fight. I’m the guy in the division who is having fun fights and I’m hoping to have another Saturday night.”
Fabricio Werdum, UFCheavyweight contender (@FabricioWerdum)
“I’m happy to be back in the UFC. I’m ready to prove my value and to show all the work I have been doing the last couple months. I think I deserved to return after a fewfights in STRIKEFORCE. For sure Roy Nelson is dangerous and a very tough fight. It is important for me to make (an impression) in my first fight back in the Octagon.
I want the UFC title. I want a rematch with Junior dos Santos after he beats Alistair Overeem.”
Josh Koscheck, UFC welterweight (@JoshKoscheck)
“I didn’t really know who this guy was when I agreed to fight him. I remember he fought (my teammate) Jon Fitch but not too well. I think I remember that fight, he didn’t get anything going until the very last minute. I know he called me out, so he must think he can win… but they all think that until I punch them in the face.
But I get paid the same whether I am fighting Mike Pierce or Carlos Condit, so I don’t care who I fight. I am a gold digger, I fight for money. You’d be a dumb SOB to fight for free but I do enjoy my job and I fight my ass off. I have a big mouth and I don’t want to lose and I want to look good out there.
He was a good wrestler in college, like me, but this is MMA. I was in this very arena (Mandalay Bay Events Center) at UFC 74, August 24, 2007, and I got out wrestled by GSP, who had never wrestled much at school. Wrestling is a different sport, wrestling in MMA is different.”
Mike Pierce, UFC welterweight (@MikePierce170)
“Josh Koscheck knows who I am. He’s pretending he doesn’t because he is Josh Koscheck and that’s what he does: he acts like this all the time. He’s a bit of a jerk and that’s his personality and that’s just who he is and what gets him noticed.
I hope he is overlooking me because Jon Fitch beat me. That was two years ago and I am amuch better fighter now and, for that fight, I had a family issue to take care of which distracted me. I hope Josh is underestimating me, but I doubt it. I’ve been waiting and trying for an opportunity like this for years. I am impressed by Koscheck as a fighter. He fought for a title and has beaten a lot of topguys but there are still holes in his game I can take advantage of. He is just like everyone else, we all have weaknesses. A lot of the gatekeepers in the170lbs division are getting knocked out of the way and, yeah, I’ve been around a while.
I’m not ‘new blood’ but I am working my way up the chain of contenders and the win over this guy will be huge for me in 2012.”