Nick Diaz: The 10 Most Outrageous Moments of His Career
UFC President Dana White hit the nail right on the head today when he rhetorically asked the press whether anyone was surprised that Nick Diaz was no-showing his press appearances for his scheduled UFC 137 fight with Georges St-Pierre.
Members of the media could be heard chuckling as together they reminisced about the crazy moments throughout the 28-year-old's mixed martial arts career.
It didn’t need to be said. No one was really surprised that he wasn’t there. Sure, they expected him to be there, but if there was a poll taken of one fighter who was most likely to not show up, it would be a landslide victory for Diaz. Simply put, the guy is just weird.
It has been long speculated that Diaz has a rather intense case of social anxiety, and Cesar Gracie addressed the issue today, agreeing with the assessment.
"I personally think there's some kind of social anxiety happening here with Nick,” Gracie told MMAJunkie. “This is about being a man and being responsible. And Nick has done neither in this situation.”
This is certainly not the first time that Diaz has been involved in a controversial incident during his MMA career. The Stockton native has made waves with countless ridiculous antics throughout his career.
This may have been the most recent, but let’s take a trip down memory lane as we remember the 10 most outrageous moments of Nick Diaz’s career.
10. Who Throws a Shoe? Honestly…
Nick Diaz fought at The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale in November 2005 in what must have been a frustrating fight for him. He lost the fight by unanimous decision, but it was his antics prior to the fight that were truly outrageous.
According to an article published by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sanchez claims that Diaz had badgered him with emails prior to the fight. Then things escalated when the two were in the locker room at the Hard Rock prior to the fight itself, when Diaz reportedly threw a shoe at Sanchez.
Unfortunately, according to Sanchez, Diaz’s actions only encouraged him to train harder and deliver one of the biggest beatings that the Stockton native has ever taken.
9. Frank Shamrock Gets the Bird
Always one of the most colorful personalities, Nick Diaz has also regularly given very little respect to his opponents. This disrespect even includes some of the most legendary fighters in the sport, such as his Strikeforce middleweight opponent Frank Shamrock, who he fought in 2009.
In one of the most classic MMA pictures taken by Esther Lin, Diaz can be seen “flipping the bird” to his opponent, who is extending his own hand for a handshake.
Certainly this isn’t a huge deal, considering some of the other things we’ve seen happen at press conferences, but it highlights the complete lack of respect that he has for just about everyone in the sport.
8. Ongoing Feud with Mayhem Miller
A back-and-forth feud between Nick Diaz and Jason “Mayhem” Miller has been going on for a long time, with each man claiming that the other is ducking him. But regardless of who is doing the ducking, both men have made this a very interesting war of words.
The biggest bump in the road appears to be a weight difference between the two fighters, with Diaz fighting at 170 pounds while Miller fights at 185 pounds. Granted, both fighters have fought at the other weight class in the past, but the dropping or gaining of weight can be more difficult than it appears on the surface.
Diaz spoke about the situation in January 2011.
“I’d like to get paid something extra,” Diaz told MMA Weekly. “Double, triple, something crazy for me to do something extra that would screw up my weight to fight at that weight.”
The fact that these guys have gone on for multiple years now without ever stepping into the cage against one another is a pretty sad situation.
7. “People Like That Get Slapped”
As we have seen in recent days, Nick Diaz is not a fan of the media. But while MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani is one of the most well-respected journalists in the industry, Nick Diaz does not share that same level of respect that the rest of us have for him.
In an interview following his victory over Paul Daley in April 2011, Diaz can be seen accusing Helwani of stirring the pot and creating controversy between fighters. When Helwani tried to defend himself as a journalist, Diaz simply responded with one of the most memorable MMA quotes of all time.
“Where I come from, people like that get slapped.”
6. Brawl with KJ Noons
When Nick Diaz lost to KJ Noons via cuts at EliteXC: Renegade in November 2007, it became very obvious that there would need to be an eventual rematch between these two talented fighters.
Five months later, the two men met in the cage again, but not in a scheduled fight. That didn’t stop chaos from ensuing, however, as back-and-forth trash-talk between the two fighters continued, and their corners erupted in a giant brawl.
It was this night that Diaz could also be heard yelling another one of his most infamous phrases, “Don’t be scared, homie!”
5. Tests Positive for Marijuana Following Victory over Takanori Gomi
There are a lot of rumors that float around the MMA community surrounding fighters who may or may not be involved in the usage of recreational drugs. But when it comes to Nick Diaz, there aren’t rumors—there are facts.
When Nick Diaz went over to the Pride organization to compete at Pride 33, he was given one of the biggest fights of his career against then-lightweight champion Takanori Gomi.
Gomi had won 13 of his previous 14 fights going into that night and was widely considered one of the top-three lightweights in the world. But Diaz shocked the world by not only defeating the superstar Japanese fighter, but actually submitting him with one of the most exciting submissions in the sport, the gogoplata.
But it was Diaz’s post-fight drug test, which he failed due to marijuana use, that got the majority of the attention from the fight. Despite all of us knowing that he won the fight, the victory was stripped from his record and instead, turned into a “no contest.”
4. Smoking on the Job
One would think that a professional fighter would only have one marijuana-related situation during his career, right?
Diaz joined a group of fighters on a Strikeforce conference call in January 2009. He answered questions and was fairly normal while talking to the various reporters. But hilarity ensued when it could clearly be heard that Diaz was doing “other things” in the background between questions.
It was only speculated that Diaz was smoking marijuana while on the call, but Diaz later released a video that clearly showed him smoking the drug from a bong. He also played with a pair of nunchucks.
He thought better of releasing the video and later removed it, but the damage was done.
3. Hospital Brawl with Joe Riggs
Those who never heard about this situation might be shocked to hear that there was once a fight that happened in the hospital after a UFC event.
Nick Diaz fought Joe Riggs at UFC 57, losing a decision in somewhat surprising fashion to a fighter who was ranked well below him. The loss was obviously frustrating to Diaz, who continued his trash-talk toward Riggs even as the two of them were getting post-fight medical exams.
Diaz himself claimed that Riggs came by his hospital room, which is what began the whole ordeal, alleging that he came by with the sole intention to gloat. These two maniacs decided to continue their fight right there in the middle of the hospital.
Security had to yank them apart, ending what might have been the craziest post-fight UFC incident in history.
2. The Nashville Brawl
Another brawl, Nick!?
Just when we thought that Nick Diaz couldn’t get any more out of control than he was, he was one of the biggest players in what was an absolutely out of control post-fight situation on CBS. Diaz’s friend and training partner Jake Shields had just defeated Dan Henderson to remain the Strikeforce middleweight champion, but his impressive performance was overshadowed by a chaotic brawl.
While Shields, the Diaz brothers and other members of the Cesar Gracie jiu-jitsu team stood in the cage, celebrating, former No. 1 contender Jason “Mayhem” Miller hopped into the cage and took to the microphone. Miller screamed out, “Where’s my rematch, buddy?” to Shields, who immediately responded by shoving him. Nick Diaz threw a punch, causing a wave-like group brawl.
Though no real damage was done in the incident, this situation was not a great first impression for the national TV network audience to get from a professional sports organization.
1. No-Showing UFC 137 Press Appearances
It might be because it’s freshest in our minds, but this week’s incidents have to rank as the most ridiculous thing he has ever done in this sport.
When Nick Diaz decided to just completely disregard the UFC 137 press appearances, he may have effectively put an end to what could have been the biggest payday of his entire career. A main event on a UFC pay-per-view is something that fighters dream of and very few will ever achieve. Nick Diaz had achieved that level of skill and was set to fight for a title without having fought in the UFC for years.
But all of that has been thrown away and Diaz is now not only out of the main event; he may also be without a job. If Nate Marquardt lost his job for making a mistake with his testosterone replacement therapy and screwing up a Spike TV card, it’s hard to imagine that Diaz will be able to finagle his way out of screwing up a pay-per-view main event by skipping numerous press conference appearances.
We will wait to hear whether or not he is allowed to keep his job or not, but this has to go down as the most outrageous thing that Diaz has done—so far—in MMA.