4. Nick Diaz’s hit list
Notorious Stockton bad boy and UFC/Pride FC and Strikeforce veteran Nick Diaz has been at the forefront of MMA media for many years. His fighting style has been fun to watch, and a brief stint as Strikeforce welterweight champion saw Diaz fulfill some of his seemingly massive potential. That being said, the 209 bad boy has been the perpetrator in some of the biggest MMA fails of all time, a brief rundown:
Not only has Diaz no-showed multiple media obligations, he has failed two UFC post-fight drug tests in the wake of his UFC 143 loss to Carlos Condit, and again after losing a decision to Anderson Silva at UFC 183. Also in Pride, Diaz had arguably the greatest win of his career to that date, a submission over the lightweight terror of JMMA Takanori Gomi, overturned when he got popped for marijuana. The fact that Pride 33 took place in Las Vegas is the only reason that the athletes were tested.
There’s the no-show of his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fight against Braulio Estima, and of course the infamous Strikeforce Nashville brawl between all of the Cesar Gracie camp and Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller.
Diaz admitted he would have failed a drug test after fighting Georges St-Pierre, he has also given us some of these classic quotes:
“For the record, right now, I think someone needed to come out and say it: I think smoking pot is good for mixed martial artists. It’s a new day and age, this is, uh, the year…f*** year is it? I don’t know, because I’ve been training and smoking pot like I should, instead of paying attention to other bulls***, which I don’t do.”
“Fighting in Stockton is going to be great for me. Stockton is a great fight town because if you drive long enough on some of these roads, you’ll probably see a pretty good street fight.”
“See if people are gonna hate just cause I say the word motherf****, then f*** them, I don’t have time to worry about marketing and s***. in my last fight my hair looked like s*** cause all I did was train…I have other letters but i’m not that good of a reader.”
To round it off, check out this classic Strikeforce interview with Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com: