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Similar to Bisping in his capacity to undermine himself in the cage, with a hint of Jones’ ability to hurt himself away from it, Nick Diaz is as hard on himself as anyone. Incredibly, though, it’s sort of become his thing and he’s probably more popular now than he ever was as a result.
In the cage, you know what you’re getting from Stockton’s fighting pride: He’s going to walk forward, throw a stupid number of punches, and try to knock you out. Even if grappling is his best avenue to victory, he wants to win by beating you senseless. Nothing else will satisfy him.
Outside of it, his penchant for avoiding media and PR obligations has been beaten to death. There is literally no chance anyone is getting Nick Diaz to do something he doesn’t feel like doing, regardless of the level of peril it’s going to provide him.
Unfortunately for Diaz, guys willing to duck under his punches for a double leg tend to expose him as his own worst enemy in the cage, while an angry Dana White is just as good at exposing him outside of it when he steps out of line.
Regardless, he’s one of the most popular guys on the roster and it’s a certainty that his second un-retirement fight in two years will draw eyes for the UFC.