Nick Diaz didn't make any friends in 2011, but that's not what Nick Diaz is about; he just wants to fight. Forget the media, forget the fans; he just wants to beat up the guy across from him. Call the Diaz brothers disrespectful if you want, but you can't deny the fact that they bring it every time the cage door opens.
Diaz began the year with the defense of his Strikeforce Welterweight belt. It seemed he had a title run that would never end; then, the UFC acquisition of Strikeforce made things a little different. So the matchmakers felt it appropriate to pit champion vs champion, Georges St. Pierre vs Nick Diaz, for the undisputed championship. It was not to be, as Diaz disrespected the media obligations and made the man you don't make mad, mad.
Diaz was paired with UFC legend BJ Penn and promptly dismantled the "Prodigy" and ended his career. With the win, he placed himself back in contention for a title, but this time, it's an interim title fight against fellow former WEC Champion Carlos Condit.
2012 will be very interesting for the older Diaz brother. Very interesting.