“My life is exactly the same, just with a little more press so far. It’s only been a few weeks, but it’s pretty much [the same]. I don’t let it take a hold of me or anything. I’ve been in the UFC for nine years. I was famous nine years ago. I couldn’t walk through the mall or Wal-Mart at two in the morning and not get noticed. It’s been going like this so it’s pretty much the same… A lot of people recognize [me] because the fight is fresh, but not much has changed. Yet.”
Penick’s Analysis: Diaz’s entire demeanor since the win has been great to see, and it’s made him even more personable and likable than he had been before to fans. This is a spot he hadn’t always earned with his record and performances, but it’s one perhaps he’s belonged in given the highlights and the popularity he’s had. He’s taking full advantage of the moment, and hopefully for him he can follow through in his next several performances.
[Photo (c) Mark J. Rebilas via USA Today Sports]
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