10 Reasons Why Nick Diaz NEEDS to Fight Again
Nick Diaz is gaining a newfound notoriety. Can Nick get back to the top?His name is in people’s mouths again for calling out Jorge Masvidal after eviscerating his younger brother Nate.
Nick Diaz is a paradox, a walking contradiction. A trash talking brawler that’s respectful in victory (although mostly salty in defeat). Impulsive yet disciplined, a stoner but an elite athlete with a solid work ethic.
But there’s a dark side to him. Any Diaz fan knows the story of a strong fighter covering up shy and soft demeanour riddled with social anxiety. The Ups and downs of his life would destroy a lesser man. His story is not yet over.
Here are 10 reasons why he needs to fight again:
1. He’s a Badass Fighter
A black belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and masterful boxer with a seemingly infinite gas tank to match, this is the Diaz style of fighting. In the ring he taunts and stalks his opponents with words and the occasional Stockton Slap. He’ll push you to the limits, with pitter-patter volume striking.
Nick has clashed with some of the biggest names in mixed martial arts like former champions Anderson Silva, Eddie Alvarez, Ruthless Robbie Lawler and even the GOAT George St. Pierre. There were no shortcuts for him, fighting in multiple promotions and a champ in his own right.
2. He’s an Interesting Character
Nick is one of those guys straight out of a comic book. Raised on the mean streets of 209, It’s hard not to like the Diaz brothers. A plant-powered triathlete bad boy with a superhero (or supervillain depending on who you ask) backstory. It doesn’t get more interesting than that.
He’s gone through a lot. He didn’t make it past the eighth grade, kicked out for fighting and put on psychiatric meds at a young age. His childhood sweetheart committed suicide long before he made pro and he swore on her grave that he would make it as a fighter. This guy’s the real deal.
3. He Really Needs A Win Right Now
Things haven’t been going so well for him lately. He got charged with domestic violence in 2018 (the charges have been dismissed) and got the short end of the stick on a 5-year suspension over marijuana while people on hardcore steroids got less. Talk about a tough luck.
Speaking in an interview with Ariel Helwani about bringing his brother into the fight game Nick says:
“I got us in this, and if I don’t make any money, I don’t have any way to get us out.”
4. Fighting is What Keeps Him Alive
Nick was a hoodlum. Martial arts channeled his youthful energy into something meaningful. He was always getting into fights on the streets and in school. He was born a fighter. It kept him healthy, made him a vegan and practitioner of healthy living. It gave him a reason to live and propelled him to the world stage.
5. He Loves His Baby Brother
After a recent “baptizing” under the hands of Florida goon Jorge Masvidal, Nick was quick to stick up for his baby brother Nate. In an almost incoherent interview with Ariel Helwani, he said he was down for a fight. Inside or outside the cage, your guess is as good as mine.
Although they have similar fighting styles, he created and perfected the Diaz style of fighting – the sensei, the final boss. He should set a good example for Nate and show him how the big boys do it.6. He Represents 420 Culture
The perfect example of a “productive stoner”, Nick is a physically active pothead that breaks every weeder stereotype. This ganja ambassador could use his platform to advocate marijuana legalization by kicking butt in the octagon.
The UFC and USADA are looking into cannabis as possibly a legitimate substance that could even help fighters. Things are loosening up for cannabis and CBD users, in no small part due to his brother Nate. He started all that; he should finish it.
7. Nick is The OG BMF
Before all this talk of BMFs, belts and titles, Nick was already doing his thing. Getting into brawls outside the octagon left and right, not giving a fuck. He’ll talk smack and back it up. This guy overcame adversity to become a famous and respected fighter.
He’s Snoop Dog level cool dawg.
8. Masvidal is The Perfect Foil
Masvidal is a badass in his own right. He reinvented himself from journeyman to popular draw in such a short time that Nick could take a lesson from it. What better way to slingshot back into relevance than mirk the guy who messed up your baby bro?
It won’t be easy. Nick has a lot of catching up to do. Masvidal is looking like a monster these days with terrifying power and efficiency.
Let’s have another east coast vs west coast throw down.
9. He Embodies Martial Arts
Bruce Lee has said:
“To me, ultimately, martial arts means honestly expressing yourself. Now, it is very difficult to do. It has always been very easy for me to put on a show and be cocky and be flooded with a cocky feeling and feel pretty cool and all that. I can make all kinds of phoney things. Blinded by it. Or I can show some really fancy movement. But to experience oneself honestly, not lying to oneself, and to express myself honestly, now that is very hard to do.”
Nick Diaz was never a talker. He hates interviews and you can see him physically uncomfortable when he does them. But put him the ring, the guy’s suddenly a Picasso.
10. The UFC Welterweight Division is Out of Whack
The welterweight division is weird, and not in a good way. It’s become a dumping ground for 155’ers on a losing streak, a second choice for washed up lightweights. Even Nate is a natural lighty.
Covington’s an ass, current champ Usman is a bore. Nick is in the position to save the division and reign as king.
It’s a long way to the top from a 5-year layoff. But if anyone can do it, it would be Nick Diaz.
The window’s closing, he’s not a young gun anymore. He needs to make up for lost time before he hits real retirement age.
I’m not sure he wants to fight again, but it sure feels like he must.