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Fighters sound off on the enigma that is Nick Diaz

Nick Diaz, as far as the public knows, is retired from MMA.

Following his loss to Carlos Condit for the interim UFC welterweight title, Diaz announced his retirement after bitter disappointment in the way the judges scored the fight. In the days following he was named as failing a drug test from the Nevada State Athletic Commission due to traces of marijuana metabolites in his system.

As a result few outside of Diaz’s inner-circle have any real idea on what the enigmatic scrapper will do next.

On a recent edition of SportsNet’s UFC Central, several fighters were asked to give their opinion on Diaz. Among those interviewed include Georges St-Pierre, who has been itching at the opportunity to face Diaz after the Stockton-native went off on GSP over the last year, Roy Nelson, frequent training partner Ronda Rousey, Condit, and Josh Koscheck.

“He’s just a different breed,” said Koscheck on the subject. “He’s got a chip on his shoulder. I respect that. I think that he comes to fight. The guy just likes to fight and that’s pretty good, I like that.”

Hear what the others have to say about Diaz in the video below:


  • Richard Stabone says:

    When the cage doors shut, I think everybody respects Diaz’s approach whether they like him or not. The dude has solid all around fighting skills, he’s got incredible toughness & durability, and his style of attack is highly entertaining.

    Problem is, he’s immature and seemingly incapable of fulfilling the requirements of being part of a professional sports organization. Whether he (or his fans) like or agree with said requirements, that’s irrelevant. The bottom line is the rules & obligations are clearly spelled out, and he can either choose to abide (like virtually everyone else) or do his own thing. And if he continues to lean towards the latter he’ll just further cement his reputation of lacking professionalism. And eventually his chances will run out, so hopefully he gets his act together sooner than later… if he’s even capable. With each new incident it seems to further suggest this dude’s issues go far beyond what we can understand from outside looking in.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Enigma… Seems like ppl use that word often these days to describe a few derelicts

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  • Hohlraum says:

    @Richard. I’ll bet they said the exact same thing about John McEnroe.

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