Nick Diaz is a professional mixed martial artist who has competed in the UFC, PRIDE, Strikeforce, and DREAM. He is the former welterweight champion of the Strikeforce promotion as well as a WEC and IFC welterweight champion. Diaz is known for his aggressive fighting style and his “brawler” persona. Diaz’s aggressive fighting style and disregard for his own safety have made him one of the most popular fighters in the world. His willingness to stand and trade with opponents has earned him the respect of fans, who appreciate his courage.
The Early Days
Diaz was born in Stockton, California, on August 2, 1983, into a Mexican-American family. Nick started training in martial arts at a very young age. Nick first started training karate and aikido before starting to learn sambo at the age of 16. After seeing Renzo Gracie compete in the UFC, he started training in jiu-jitsu under Cesar Gracie.
Diaz made his professional MMA debut in 2001 when he was just eighteen years old. He won his first fight by submitting Mike Wick with a triangle choke at IFC Warriors Challenge 15. His next win earned him the title of IFC Welterweight Championship by defeating Chris Lytle. Diaz went on to successfully defend his IFC Welterweight title while also winning the WEC Welterweight Championship in 2003 by submitting Joe Hurley.
Diaz went on to rematch against the man that handed him his first loss back in late 2002, Jeremy Jackson. Diaz won the fight via first-round TKO, which grabbed the UFCs attention. Nick signed with the UFC soon after and had his debut at UFC 44, where he would once again face off against Jeremy Jackson, who he submitted in the last round of the fight.
Diaz had his first taste of major success in 2003 when he won his first major UFC fight. He defeated Robbie Lawler via second-round KO. However, Diaz was unable to maintain his momentum and lost his next bout to Karo Parisyan before rebounding with a win over Drew Fickett at UFC 51 and Koji Oishi at UFC 53. After two consecutive wins, Nick had once again lost, this time to UFC legend Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision.
Unfortunately, despite his massive confidence, Diaz lost his next two fights, one against Joe Riggs and the other against future UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk.
Despite winning his next two fights in the UFC, Diaz decided to sign with Gracie Fighting Championships and leave the UFC.
A Man Of Many Promotions
Diaz made his PRIDE debut against Pride FC Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi. After a hard-fought battle, Diaz had managed to win by Gogoplata in the second round. Later, however, Diaz was stripped of his win due to traces of THC being found in his system. Diaz was accused of taking the THC before the fight with the goal of numbing the pain, which is quite a ludicrous story if you ask me.
Diaz went on to sign with Elite XC and later on with Strikeforce and DREAM, in which he acquired an 11-1 score against some of the toughest fighters of the era. Diaz had returned to the UFC to fight an MMA legend, BJ Penn, at UFC 137, who he defeated via unanimous decision.
Diaz was set to face off against Georges St-Pierre for the UFC Welterweight title at UFC 143. However, Georges pulled out of the fight due to a knee injury. Diaz then fought Carlos Condit for the Interim Welterweight title, which he lost via unanimous decision in one of the best fights of 2012.
After his loss to Condit, Diaz stated that he was retiring from the sport due to not agreeing with the decision of the fight. However, Diaz decided that a rematch with Carlos Condit wasn’t such a bad idea, but due to testing positive for marijuana metabolites, he was suspended for one year.
Diaz would then go on to fight against Georges St-Pierre in a title bout at UFC 158. Diaz would lose the fight via unanimous decision in what is considered one of the best fights in MMA history.
Diaz’s Second “Retirement”
After his loss to GSP, Nick Diaz decided that he was going to retire from the sport of mixed martial arts. Next year, however, in 2014, Diaz agreed to fight against Anderson Silva on January 31, 2015, at UFC 183, to whom he lost via unanimous decision. However, this is not where Diaz’s bad news stopped since he once again tested positive for marijuana metabolites. The Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended Diaz for five years and fined him a whopping $165,000.
To the surprise of the fans, Diaz came back in 2021 to once again face off against Robbie Lawler. Unfortunately, the years outside the ring took a toll on Diaz, who was quite slow and out of breath during the fight. Diaz did put up a good fight before getting dropped by Lawler and verbally submitting.
The Brother Duo
His brother Nate Diaz is also an MMA fighter, and the two have become synonymous with each other. Nick and Nate Diaz are two of the most popular fighters in the world, and their popularity has only grown in recent years. Both are known for their aggressive and somewhat unusual fighting styles, and they have become two of the most recognizable figures in MMA. They are also well known for their love of cannabis, which they have openly advocated for in the past.
Nick Diaz is one of the most popular fighters in the world. He is known for his aggressive fighting style and willingness to stand and trade with opponents. He is also well known for his love of cannabis, which he has openly advocated for in the past. Diaz’s popularity has only grown in recent years, and he is sure to be remembered as one of the greats.