Nick Diaz signed on to face Conor McGregor at UFC 200 because that's what he's getting paid to do, but he's fed up with hearing the Irishman praised as some kind of noble champion for getting beat up and asking for a rematch.
Diaz defeated McGregor at UFC 196 with a second-round rear naked choke to hand the current featherweight champion his first loss inside the Octagon.
McGregor was originally scheduled to fight at 155 pounds, but Diaz stepped up as a late-minute replacement on just 10 days notice and the bout ended up at 170 pounds instead.
Following the fight, McGregor has been complimented numerous times for his willingness to fight any opponent at any time, and Diaz just wants to know when he hasn't done the exact same thing -- yet no one is patting him on the head and saying 'good job.'
"Completely irritated," Diaz told FOX Sports about his emotions leading into UFC 200. "I've lost decisions that I didn't really lose and if I asked to get a rematch it was out of the question like are you kidding me, don't even ask. But this guy is getting praised for wanting a rematch. It's like get the (expletive) out of here, (expletive), this is the fight game.
"Whoever has lost a fight in the UFC and hasn't wanted to fight that guy the next day shouldn't be in the sport. All of a sudden he's getting praised for losing and wanting a rematch? Get the (expletive) out of here, I'm sick of hearing it."
Diaz points the finger specifically at UFC president Dana White and the rest of the promotion, who he says have spoken at length about McGregor's toughness and attitude about fighting anyone, anywhere at any time.
Diaz knows he went above and beyond to save the show with McGregor at UFC 196 by accepting the fight on 10 days notice, but he's wondering why no one at the promotion has handed him similar accolades publicly?
"Have you heard any praise out of Dana White or the UFC for me winning the fight at all?" Diaz vexed. "Nothing. At this point it's not even about me and (McGregor). It's me versus the whole (expletive) organization.
"I want to work together with them but this is how they're making it, so what the (expletive)? I've got to fight the whole organization?"
Diaz says that he also deserves credit for helping to push UFC 196 to become the most successful pay-per-view of all time for the promotion with a reported 1.5 million buys.
He knows lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos wasn't going to pull those numbers with McGregor as an opponent, and that miffs Diaz because he knows he played a part in breaking the all time UFC record for pay-per-views.
"I brought numbers, too. Do you think he would have made 1.5 million pay-per-views with Rafael dos Anjos?" Diaz asked. "No, he would have made 700,000, maybe 900,000 but I got a following, too, (expletive). And he's getting praised cause he wants a rematch. I should have gotten all kinds of praise cause there's never been a time I didn't want a rematch."
Diaz also doesn't appreciate that McGregor is being touted as a warrior for moving up two weight classes for their first fight or their rematch because he's done the same exact thing during his career.
Diaz is a natural lightweight, but he's fought at welterweight several times during his career and he even brings up his first fight in the division when he faced Rory Markham and the former UFC fighter missed weight for the contest.
"I took a fight at 170 and when I fought at 170, the (expletive) I fought didn't make weight he was 183 pounds. So they were like 'why don't we move this up to middleweight?' and they were like don't worry we got you. What am I going to say? I said (expletive) let's go," Diaz explained. "So my first fight at 170 was a middleweight bout. I didn't get praised for that (expletive). I threw (expletive) 50 punches, I hit that fool with everything. I didn't fall over tired. That fool was 13 pounds heavier.
"I was one pound heavier (than McGregor) at the weigh-ins. There was a rumor I was walking around at 183 pounds. When I left my room to fight Conor McGregor I was 179 pounds. That means by the time I walked in the cage, I was probably 175, 174 pounds. So I wasn't no big (expletive) either. He's fighting a lightweight and he's getting all this praise and I'm over hearing it. I don't ever get no praise on mine. I really did move up two weight classes and fought a big (expletive) and TKO'd his ass in the first round."
Ultimately, Diaz never turns down a fight, so when the UFC asked him to face McGregor a second time in July he never hesitated to say yes.
Of course that doesn't mean Diaz isn't annoyed by the rematch considering McGregor had the best possible opportunity to beat him the last time they met and he fell flat in less than two rounds and got choked out.
"When have I not (stepped up)?" Diaz said. "They're talking all this praise about him going up two weight classes. Guess what? I went up a weight class, too, (expletive) and he had his chance to beat me already.
"It's crazy how this is working out. I always took a fight, I always took everybody. I fought everybody."