Everybody has a touch of fascination with the morbid or gruesome. Otherwise normal people will rubberneck at the scene of an accident, or grimace at their friend's nasty scar. Even when we can't think of any good reason for it, something deep inside us wants to peek at the nasty. Hell, the UFC does what they can to try and play up the "someone will get hurt" angle, and a fair number of fans watch for just that reason. Admittedly, I myself have a touch of this.
So, despite not being a fan of the man (though he does put on some damn good fights), I find myself fixated on a curious picture. What if Diaz manages to beat Georges St-Pierre, and is crowned (or belted, if you prefer) the UFC's WW champion? I don't like the guy, but I sure as hell am curious to see what he would look like as champ.
Now, I know he was Strikeforce's WW champion, but that's not quite the same. The UFC is a much bigger stage, they stand at the front. They're the ones who have to put on a pretty face and look nice for the mainstream. Especially with the Fox deal. Many people have lately pointed out the differences (this one, in particular, I like) between GSP and Diaz. GSP is the perfect posterboy. He does everything right, smiles for the cameras, and shows up to press conferences early. Contrast this to Diaz's middle-finger approach to everything.
Not too long ago, Dana White was saying that "Diaz obviously can't handle the pressure of a main event." He no-showed two press conferences and lost his title shot as a result. But after a furious victory over BJ Penn, and without really "playing the game", he still managed to get a shot at GSP. If he becomes champion, what will be his next feat of defiance? Will the UFC just embrace his "bad-boy" image and play it up in publicizing the fights? Will they try to play hardball and make Diaz somehow fit into the consumate professional role? Will Diaz punch Dana White in the face? Nobody knows! Nick Diaz does Nick Diaz! And that's what makes the possibility so exciting. Sure, Brock Lesnar was champion and he was willing to play the bad guy, but it was just that. Play-acting. Some people have accused Anderson Silva and Jon Jones of arrogance, but nobody really has the hate Nick Diaz will bring to the table.
Even though I hope for a crushing victory by GSP, and a win for all that is right in the universe, a dark corner of my mind yearns to see Diaz with the belt around his waist, flipping off the world.