Nick Diaz, along with his brother Nate Diaz, has a reputation as one of the toughest and strongest fighters dominating the UFC today. Nick is currently undergoing a lengthy suspension from fighting due to a drug violation in early 2015. His brother Nate continues to fight, and Nick is always by his side, aiding to the families image as constantly angry, combative, disrespectful, and unprofessional fighters. Every time either of them step into the octagon it becomes a big deal, either because of what they said at the pre-fight press conference, or because they didn’t bother showing up in the first place.
Although Nate is the brother currently making headlines after defeating Conor McGregor at UFC 196 on March 5, 2016, Nick Diaz has the more interesting story the deeper you look into it. Both brothers are fierce competitors in the ring with firecracker personalities out of it, but Nick’s life has taken more noteworthy turns than his more presently newsworthy little brother. Read on to learn 10 facts about Nick Diaz that could damage his and his brother’s perception as two of UFC’s resident bad boys.
10 He Was The Subject of a White House Petition
9 He's Always Smoked Weed
8 He Smokes Weed All Day Long
7 He Thinks His Suspensions Were Rigged
6 He's A Medicinal User
5 He's Received Multiple DUIs and UFC Didn't Care
4 He's A Vegan
3 He Calls Himself Nonviolent
2 He Lived With Ronda Rousey
1 He's Only In It For The Money
Nick Diaz truly seems like a person who lives for the fight, and it’s possible he may never stop fighting in certain respects. However, it’s pretty clear that he will one day stop fighting for the public to view, and it could be sometime soon. Despite all the posturing and threatening and constantly antagonizing and inciting his opponents, despite claiming he needs to fight through his nonviolence, despite claiming he’s out to prove to everyone he’s the best fighter in the world, for Nick Diaz, like with nearly every other professional in the world out there, it really all comes down to the money. In Nick’s own words, quoted February 17, 2016: “The second that I’m not getting paid more money than I got paid in my last fight, I’m done. I mean, I quit.” Maybe Nick Diaz is a bad boy pot smoker who will fight until the day he dies. Or maybe he just understands cultivating an image of himself as that person will make more people watch him fight.
Sources: UFC, High Times, The Guardian
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