At this point in his career, on the heels of a spotlighted feud with welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Nick Diaz may be the biggest villain in the sport.
That's a title that Diaz often questions, considering all he wants to do is fight, but that's the reputation he's received from peppering opponents with verbal jabs in and out of the Octagon.
It's something that has culminated with Diaz walking his own beat. He doesn't show up for press conferences, doesn't allow film crews to record his training, doesn't go to open workouts three days before an event and doesn't seem to care that he's the only fighter in the promotion doing this.
But even though most of these irresponsible acts should be enough to expel Diaz from the UFC, people love it. Fans love to see a guy who does what he wants as long as he shows up to the fight. They look for that edge, that individuality.
Being controversial is one of the biggest catalysts in promoting fights, and Diaz has plenty of it.
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