As Nick Diaz would say: “Don’t be afraid, mate!
Those were the words he spoke to KJ Noons as Diaz’s older brother prepared for a rematch following his loss to him in 2007.
That’s part of their charm – the endless mind games and garbage conversations.
Hailing from Stockton, Calif., He and his brother Nate fought the streets and carried that mentality with them all the way to the Octagon.
While some fighters accentuate their personalities to try and sell pay-per-views, Nick and Nate are as genuine as they come and have never changed. That’s why Nick’s return to the cage – in September against Robbie Lawler – is at its height.
There are a lot of fighters who have earache, Lawler included, because of sharing the Octagon with them. Here, talkSPORT.com takes a look at other people they’ve engaged in verbal warfare.
McGregor and Nate have fought twice and although the Irishman is the biggest pay-per-view in MMA history, Diaz didn’t think the buzz had much substance before their first fight, at UFC 196 in 2016.
“Who do you train with?” You have that awkward little mother ****** with you, ”he barked at McGregor before insulting his camp further.
“I have real training partners. Top 10 fighters, top 10 boxers, top 10 jiu-jitsu guys, top 10 kickboxers.
“You play touch with that jerk in the park with the ponytail.” And am I the one who has no training partners? I do not think so. You get it all figured out when fighting dwarves. You got some shit.
When Diaz lost to Jorge Masvidal in late 2019 for the BMF belt – his last professional fight – McGregor seemed to change his tone and admitted that Diaz’s tough parts are what he loves.
“I look for inspiration everywhere. Like I said, I was very motivated to watch Nate do this thing. Looking at Nate, there were a lot of things that were inspiring about this whole Nate performance, but one of the most important things was that the very thing he said after the fight was “Nick Diaz’s army. “.
“He screamed at his brother. I hope his brother is well, I hope Nick is well. It’s a game soldier – real fighting game. He gave her respect straight away.
“That’s why fans love Nate. That’s why I love and respect Nate.
The Diaz brothers like a bit of staging in their fights and aren’t averse to celebrating wins BEFORE the fight is over, like when Nate flipped two fingers and flexed his biceps seconds before Kurt Pellegrino slapped in 2008[/caption]
Nick fought GSP for the welterweight title in 2013, but ended up failing. However, it was a fight that had to happen sooner, but his lack of media activity and his commitment to those obligations caused the UFC to pull him down. For this, Diaz had a problem with his opponent.
“The main thing is that Georges is a bit of a slut,” he said at the time.
“He didn’t intervene and say nothing when the UFC took me out of this fight. I understand that sometimes you have to do as you’re told, but why don’t you tell the media that you always want to fight me?
“If I were George, I would like to fight the best. I would have asked for the Anderson Silva fight. I would have asked to fight the Strikeforce champion.
“But he’s just sitting there like a robot and not saying anything at all, just like he’s not going to say anything about me calling him ab **** now.”
“If I saw BJ Penn walking down the street and calling him ab ****, we’ll fight right there.”
And it’s not just Nick with a penchant for mind control in the cage. Prior to his fights with McGregor, Nate had a heated feud with Johnson which ended in victory in December 2015.
Johnson, however, freely admits that Nate mentally defeated him and threw him out of his game.
“It was an amazing experience, first of all. Nate is an incredible fighter, ”he told MMAjunkie at the post-event press conference.
“We went over there and gave you exactly what everyone wanted, and it was a ‘Fight of the Night’ performance. But you really don’t know how you’re going to react until it starts. to do it. ”He sucked me in, so kudos to him.
Another man Nate defeated by unanimous decision is Cerrone – a true UFC legend – in 2011. Like Johnson, he admitted that Nate’s antics inside the Octagon had totally upset him and that ‘he didn’t know how to react to it.
“The Diaz brothers have the most followers,” Cerrone told Joe Rogan. “Almost as incredible as the McGregor sequel. Like cults, it’s incredible.
The Diaz brothers have built themselves a huge success for their style and attitude[/caption]
“I’m not looking for excuses, but it got into my head. Absolutely. And that shouldn’t happen anymore. It was a great lesson.
“Come back to movies like Rex Kwon Do. You see in all the movies people say “don’t fight out of anger” – they say that for a reason.
“So when I got into a fight out of anger… I don’t know what the hell I was doing.” I sucked that night.
“As much as he spoke, I like [Nick and Nate]. Because there is no facade on them. What you see is what you get.
“If I were to meet the Diaz brothers on the street, we’re going to get the hell out of it and there’s no doubt about it.
“It’s just who they are. So it’s not like they’re putting on that front and that character that they’re big, bad, and tough – it’s them, 24/7.
It’s probably the most famous game either brother has ever pulled off and it’s one of the most memorable moments in the UFC.
Keep in mind that Anderson Silva is one of, if not the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in UFC history, Nick decided to poke fun at him and goad him into their fight of 2015.
No one could believe their eyes when he first lay down and invited the Brazilian up to him, then leaned against the cage and essentially gave him a free kick.
At UFC 47 in April 2004, Nick took on a fierce challenge to Lawler. Knowing how good Lawler was, Diaz decided to step things up in the garbage department that day and Joe Rogan saw him firsthand sitting in the comment booth.
The tactic culminated in a second round knockout victory for Nick.
“I remember the first time I saw Nick speak in a fight it was with Robbie Lawler. And Robbie was dangerous, so Nick took his chatter to DEFCON 5.
“He walks into the octagon and the first thing he does is’ Stockton, motherf *****! Stockton! ‘ and then he walks around, ‘Stockton, motherf *****! Stockton! ‘ and then Robbie is like ‘what is he talking about? What does it mean?
“Then the whole time the fight’s going on he’s like ‘what, bitch? What are you gonna do, bitch? ‘ And then he hit him and he said ‘Oh, bitch! I just stung you, bitch!
“And Robbie didn’t answer him, but you could clearly see he hadn’t expected this.”
Like Lawler, Guida also found out all about Nate’s incessant screams during a fight. However, this time Guida would walk away with a split decision victory. It looks like Stockton is the Diaz brothers’ favorite thing to scream during a fight, but the area code will also suffice.
Guida remembers, “He was kind of on my back by the cage and he kept yelling, ‘209, bitch! 209, bitch! ‘ and I looked up and there was about 3:12 on the clock. Later I said to my trainer, “Dude, that guy can’t even tell the time. He kept yelling ‘209, bitch!’
“Then he told me 209 was the area code for Stockton, Calif., Not the remaining time. I must have laughed.
This story was saved to last as it features the two Diaz brothers, but not inside the octagon or even on a street – but in a hospital. Basically it’s the best fight you’ve ever seen.
In 2006, Nick had a unanimous decision at the hands of Riggs and when both men underwent medical examinations afterwards, all hell was lost and the rematch seemed to unfold faster than expected.
“He started this shit, man,” Nick explained in 2007.
“I was like, ‘Come here then if you want it, bitch. You can’t see me f ****** p ****’.
“So he started walking towards me and threw his hands up to make his ass scream.”
“I told him he was going to get slapped if he came. He kept saying ‘Bring your brother! Take your brother! ‘ My brother was standing right there, we could have jumped on him but we’re not like that.
“I’m not a b **** and I’m not a punk and I don’t want to be a bad sport but I feel like I won this fight. I am definitely better than this guy.
In a 2013 interview with Sports Illustrated, Riggs offered his side of the story.
“He broke half of my tooth. I saw it fly away and all I could think of was my wedding rehearsal that I had to go to.
“Thank goodness it turned out it was just my molar tooth. We were close, gripping each other, almost like in a clinch.
“My hands were broken, I couldn’t hit [him], so I tried to bring him to his knees. I managed to get in a few elbows. He had a gash at the root of his hair. His nose was bleeding.
“I’m going home and the first thing I hear is Nick knocked me out in the hospital. I couldn’t even enjoy the victory. He knocked me down. I’m going to give this to him, but I wasn’t looking in his direction and I wasn’t expecting it. He’s fucking crazy. Who would hit someone in a hospital? I will not do it.
“This guy is crazy.”