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Morning Report: Nick Diaz won't 'throw off' his gameplan trying to target Anderson Silva's leg

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

UFC 'money weight' Nick Diaz may be the best and worst representation of a martial artist in modern MMA.

The expletive hurling, nunchuck twirling Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt isn't above breaking out the ole Stockton Salute on occasion, but Diaz says he'd never seriously target an opponent's injury.

"When someone tells you a fighter's injured and they tell you to go after an injury, it really throws you off," Diaz told media in Las Vegas (via Yahoo! Sports). "It would be sad to lose a fight on account of, you're trying to concentrate on capitalizing on someone's weakness when it comes to injury and something like that, [rather than fighting] your fight without worrying about something like that."

Diaz faces former middleweight champion Anderson Silva Jan. 31 at UFC 183 just 13 months removed from the Brazilian's catastrophic leg break suffered in his rematch with Chris Weidman at UFC 168.

With even Silva admitting his own reservations over the readiness of the surgically repaired limb, Diaz certainly couldn't be blamed for going right after it.

"I fought someone a long time ago," Diaz said. "Someone came up to me and told me that [his opponent's] knee was hurt, and he said to me, attack his knee, I'm like, 'Yeah right, I'm not going out to attack this guy's knee.' It just doesn't ... it's not realistic to go after his injury, unless they got a cut the same week, then it's like, yeah, hit him in the eye, because the [expletive] is going to re-open and now you wouldn't fight on the cut. Maybe on a cut you want to take advantage of it, that makes sense."

Diaz faces Silva in the main event at UFC 183 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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