Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz has been eerily quiet leading up to Saturday’s title defense against Paul Daley. While the normally talkative Diaz has remained mum on everything involving anything, his counterpart has come out firing.
The only thing is, Daley doesn’t have his sights set on his opponent. Now that the slugger is once again working for the company that cut him loose for his loose cannon ways, he has taken aim at Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker.
“I was genuinely kinda pissed off [about Zuffa, LLC’s purchase]. I felt like Scott Coker sold out, and he emailed me and I responded along those lines. I told him the same thing. But I have spoken to a few people about it, and it is what it is,” Daley told MMAFighting during Wednesday’s media workouts.
“I have to fight. I agreed to fight, I signed the contract. So, it is what it is.”
After catching wind of Strikeforce’s unexpected sale, Daley threatened to bounce from this weekend’s show. Although he just inked a multi-fight deal with the San Jose, California based promotion this past September, he knows nothing is guaranteed in the MMA world.
Perhaps that’s why he’s not overly concerned with blasting his boss in public. In most work environments, Daley would have already been handed his pink slip for insubordination.
“I signed for six fights, and this is number two. All going well on Saturday, [I’ll] knock Nick Diaz out and have four fights on that contract. If not, we’ll see what happens … I can fight anywhere. I enjoy fighting, I can get paid and I can draw a crowd and I can draw press attention. I’m cool.”
Daley and Diaz will do battle inside the Valley View Casino in San Diego, California on Saturday. Their welterweight title affair will headline the Showtime broadcast.