Nick Diaz's scowl was supersized on a poster not far from where the welterweight contender derided his image as "a villain" in the lead-up to Saturday's UFC 158 title fight.
Diaz's words in an often erratic news conference on Thursday did little to change that depiction, although he chided champ Georges St-Pierre for his talk about his dark side -- words that have run on a loop in spots promoting the pay-per-view title fight.
"Georges likes to say I remind him of the bullies that picked on him growing up," Diaz said. "I have to say, how many times have you had a gun to your head, Georges? How many of your best friends have been shot through the chest with a .45? How many of your best friends have been stomped (and) put to sleep in a coma?"
Diaz didn't win any more fans, at least in Quebec, as he nudged St-Pierre with an elbow at Friday's weigh-in. Both had to be separated, although no punches were thrown. It was the first non-verbal blow from Diaz toward the local favorite since ...