Ryan LaFlare on Nick Diaz: "I Wouldn't Necessarily Say I Like Him"
Recently UFC Welterweight Ryan LaFlare was on the “Shark Fights With Billy Mira” radio show to discuss his upcoming fight at the UFC on Fox 20 card. The Long Island native is currently slated to face Alexander Yakovlev in Chicago, Illinois on July 23, 2016. An impressive win could give LaFlare the opportunity to fight at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden. However, he is not looking past his Russian opponent.
“I don’t like to look to far ahead into things you know. One step at a time because you never know what could happen in a fight, injury wise. I’ve just got to look at this guy Yakovlev because he’s not someone you could look past. After the fight then I can start talking about hyping myself up for this New York card.”
Initially, the name Gunnar Nelson (18-2-1) was suggested by the host as a possible future opponent for LaFlare (12-1). Gunnar Nelson and LaFlare were slated to meet up at UFC Fight Night 46. However LaFlare was forced to withdraw from the matchup due to an injury.
Later in the show, Nick Diaz also came up as a point of discussion. In particular his return to the UFC.
"I wouldn't necessarily say I like him. I would say he's entertaining. I think he’s extremely talented as a fighter. I wouldn't say he would be my friend, or if we lived close to each other, we’d be training with each other. I don't agree with some of the things he does, a lot of the things he says and taunting people."
Currently, Diaz (26-9) is serving an 18 month suspension after a failed drug test in his last outing against Anderson Silva. When the topic of their fight came up, LaFlare let his opinion be known.
"That’s not entertaining to me man. There are guys who dedicate their lives to being mixed martial artists and these guys are toying around with each other, and getting paid millions of dollars to do it. I could toy around with my kids. Give me some money."
With Nick Diaz’ suspension ending in August of 2016, both fighters could potentially have enough time to prepare for a possible matchup in LaFlare’s backyard of New York City.
Gunnar Nelson recently earned a Performance of the Night bonus for his second round stoppage of Albert Tumenov at UFC Fight Night 87. Nelson also has ties to the New York area, having earned his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from the Renzo Gracie Academy.
Listen to full interview here: Shark Fights With Billy Mira