- Brett Okamoto, ESPN Staff Writer
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As a sports analyst, sometimes you need to know when to just get out of the way.
In the spirit of that, below are straight highlights from Thursday's national media call featuring UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and No. 1 contender Nick Diaz, who will meet at UFC 158 on March 16 in Montreal.
Diaz (26-8) has long lobbied for a fight against St-Pierre (26-8). He vacated the Strikeforce title to fight St-Pierre in 2011, but a series of circumstances have delayed the fight until now.
There were media members on Thursday's call (as well as other fighters), but it mostly came down to a conversation between the two headliners.
Diaz: I just think I should be given the credit I deserve. Georges St-Pierre should be given the sort of decorated opponent he deserves and I'm hardly that from the fans' perspective. That makes me pretty angry. He can talk about disrespect, but I'm disrespectful only because I would like the acknowledgement I've got over the last month. I'm not out here trying to make friends. Disrespectful, what? I think it's disrespectful for people to act like I'm not important.
St-Pierre: [On if he's seen the #GSPDarkPlace tweets] I have not seen it. I never tweet once in my life. I have people doing it for me. I'm not into social media at all.
Diaz: I don't know what he's going through with the whole "dark side" or whatever. I know where the f--- I come from. I don't have to like, dredge up some bull--- to get everybody excited, or whatever ... [to St-Pierre] You've got to wonder how the f--- you're coming off if you never pay attention to the Internet. Now you're over here doing, 'I'm from the dark side' mode. I don't know.
Me and Georges St-Pierre are different. I'm always looking past my opponent ... I look past every opponent to get to the No. 1 spot in the welterweight division, then I look past that. If it were up to me, I would take that fight against Anderson Silva. I would say, 'Yeah, of course.' ... I would gratefully accept a fight against the 185-pound champion or the 155-pound champion. I would take either fight and I think I could beat either guy.
My life's a mess. I'm not afraid to admit it. I work through this s---. I don't have people toweling me off and handing me water bottles left and right. I got to do all that s--- on my own. I don't have people sending tweets out for me.
[St-Pierre is asked if he is "pampered" and Diaz interrupts ...]
Diaz: I hope so motherf---er! If I had that much money I'd be pampering myself the f--- up! I'd be having motherf---er pampering my s--- left and f---ing right! Every hour on the hour, showing up to pamper me out.
St-Pierre: Let me tell you something, you uneducated fool. Listen to me.
Diaz: Uneducated? Right, OK. I do a great job explaning and making things real for what they are, motherf---er. I'm not stupid. I can tell what's what.
St-Pierre: Yeah, you look pretty smart right now.
Diaz: No, I'll listen. Say what you're going to say. I can understand you the way the rest of the people in this world should understand you.
St-Pierre: I've not always been like this: rich. I started at the bottom and I've worked very hard to make myself where I am right now. I know you don't believe this because you didn't succeed yet and maybe you will never succeed in your life because I don’t think you're smart enough to understand how you should reach that point. When you talk about stuff people do for me, when you reach a point for your business you need a team to work for you, to make the money rolling.
Diaz: That sounds nice, Georges. If I wore tight shorts up there and got a f---ing haircut and had somebody butter me up halfway through with this bulls---, maybe it would have worked out.
St-Pierre: You don't know anything about me, man. You think I'm born rich. I am not, my friend. You're not the only jealous guy trying to take my place ... If you are where you are and I'm where I am, it's not my fault.
Diaz: I was never placing any blame or pointing any fingers at you. You're the one f---ing rapping about how you're not pampered, you are pampered -- whatever. Answer the question.
St-Pierre: I don't even know what that means. I don't understand half the words you are saying because of your English -- I speak English better than you.
Diaz: You're out of line, bro. Straight up. You understand that, right?
St-Pierre: You seriously believe I'm afraid of you, man?
Diaz: I seriously believe you told that to the cameras [that] I deserve to be beat down. To get in this position, I deserve to be beat down? You're making those statements to the whole world? You let Dana [White] talk like I'm the most disrespectful person you've ever met? Check it out, I pull up to a stoplight the other day and some f---ing 40-year-old lady, some soccer mom, sticks her head out the window and goes, 'I hope GSP beats your ass!' We're in [Lodi, Calif.], are you serious? You hope Georges beats my ass, that's wonderful. You know what? When you say something, everybody believes it. Everybody wants to know what Georges think and what Georges says. They want to wear tight shorts like Georges.
St-Pierre: Are you listening to yourself, Nick?
Diaz: Fine, fine, for the fans. I'm some crazy motherf---er, but you know where I'm coming from, bro. You understand every word I'm saying right now. You're over here trying to talk s---, why don't you just drop it. We're going to out and have a fight.
St-Pierre: You are the right guy. We're fighting each other because you're the No. 1 guy. The fact there is animosity is good for the fight. I don't wish you a bad life. It's a fight. I want to win. We all want to be champion. There can only be one guy. We could die out there. It's a dangerous sport we do and that's why there is a lot of tension. The best man will win and that's it.
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