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Business as Usual: Nick Diaz Still Gives the Worst/Best Interview in the Entire World


Nick Diaz is a man of contradictions. He’s a BJJ black belt who usually prefers to keep the fight standing and throw hundreds of punches. He’s a chronic weed smoker who’s somehow motivated enough to compete in triathlons when he’s not competing in mixed martial arts. And he clearly hates doing interviews, yet his interviews are comedy gold, 100% of the time. Case in point: His latest run-in with Ariel Helwani, which follows the classic three-part Nick Diaz interview format:

1) Show blatant hostility toward the interviewer. Usually that just means looking the other direction while answering questions and giving short, mumbled responses for the first couple of minutes. And he does that here, obviously, but the tension is especially high in this one. “I wasn’t gonna do this interview but they told me I had to,” Nick says as an opener, before laying into Ariel personally. “I feel like you instigate fights quite a bit…that’s your job, but where I come from, y’know, people like that get slapped.” Ariel tries to get the proceedings back on track, saying something about mutual respect, and Nick says “it’s all good, I see how you are.” Great. Only seven minutes to go.

2) Complain about how underpaid he is, especially compared to professional boxers. “I’m the most overworked, overtrained, underpaid fighter,” he says after being asked a completely unrelated question about Paul Daley. “We should get paid like this is boxing. I’m hearing about people like Georges getting paid way more than me, and Manny Pacquiao, and professional boxers getting paid that much money. I don’t even know why I’m doing this anymore. I feel like I get paid way too much money, but not enough.” Huh. I feel the same way about martinis.

3) Rant about how great PRIDE was. “I hope he don’t hit me with a cheap shot,” Diaz says of Daley, “but I understand what it feels like to be held down for three rounds…[your opponent] is avoiding the fight, and he wins the fight. So, the guy who doesn’t fight gets to win…we used to have a whole ‘nother organization called PRIDE with different rules, and I think it worked out way more for exciting fights, and you get to see a lot more technical aspect come out in the fight…we’ve got this whole system going on here and everybody’s bought up the other organization and thrown it away, tried to hide it. And it’s just wrong. I feel like the Japanese, they kind of knew how the martial arts should be.”

Aloof and long-winded. Confrontational and shamelessly sentimental. A contradiction, wrapped up in a riddle, contained within the body of a dude from Stockton, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, sticking a middle finger in your face. That is the Nick Diaz way.

Bonus: The club jam version, via Gabbie:

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KMagician- April 9, 2011 at 7:39 am
I actually agree with everything Nick Diaz said in this interview.
Fuck, and I'm not even high.

Still think Daley is gonna knock him out though :O
JoLo1- April 9, 2011 at 7:08 am
Sad thing is he has a point about the yellow card for stalling, i think it would be a great idea to introduce to Zuffa owned promotions
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HomeSchooled- April 8, 2011 at 10:27 pm
I met Nick in Columbus during the Hendo vs Feijão fight/Sports expo week. He seemed like a cool guy. Nothing like the shit the media plays him out to be
ilvbllythekd12- April 8, 2011 at 7:58 pm
WOW! Did I really get props for finding the club jam version?? Thanks Ben (by way of Karma) :) :)
Papa Damage- April 8, 2011 at 7:44 pm
GnP without elbows sucks biiiiiiiig time, pride rules with elbows - im ok with that. I just love how Helwani shat himself, he was swallowing one adam apple after another, funny.
fatbellyfrank- April 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm
Wouldn't it be funny if at the end of their careers, the diaz boys came clean with the truth, they've never been to Stockton, they're both anti drugs campaigners and their actually, in real life pshycology professors from New hampshire conducting a massive experiment on how by nature the human race is attracted to anti establishment characters and have used the MMA universe as their guinea pigs!! or maybe they'r just Stockton homies who couldn't give a fuck about anything cept where the next bowl of primo is coming from. Food for thought gentlemen.
Gorgzilla- April 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm
If you remove all the 91798 filler words like "eehm, well, like, ya feel me, you know, bro, 'sall good, i dunno, eeeh aaah uuurm and you know" all he actually said was:

1. You play fighters against each other, Helwani.
2. I have enough money, but not compared to boxers and canadians.
3. Pride rules against stalling are good rules.
perimeterblack- April 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm
that's a funny interview. the most rewarding part of the interview for me occured at the 4:20 mark; because it's a diaz justified!
punches_in_bunches- April 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm
He does have a point about the yellow cards. I'm sick of these fucking wrestlers holding people down to win. Just like the first episode of TUF. It's not a fucking wrestling match. It should be a means to an end.
halfbreed23- April 8, 2011 at 12:55 pm
Nick Diaz is my Jesus. Kid just doesn't give a fuck plus he'll whoop your ass. Watch him pick Daley apart tomorrow night. Can't wait.
Fedor Penn- April 8, 2011 at 11:57 am
I fucking love Nick Diaz!
Miles- April 8, 2011 at 11:31 am
+1 for despising Bisbitch and loving Nick Diaz. Sure, he's a dumbass sometimes, but somehow after watching this I like him a little more yet. He's just a pure fighter.
YesCartwheel- April 8, 2011 at 11:15 am
I am very certain Nick Diaz is retarded.
just some dong- April 8, 2011 at 11:01 am
You really couldn't put two more different people in front of a camera for an interview. This is pure gold!
BigBalluh- April 8, 2011 at 10:50 am
lol u guys r mad
jfjjfjff- April 8, 2011 at 10:12 am
OLLY_g, i hate the diaz brothers too, but even though they are idiots and dicks, they are unapologetically so. bisping is a mediocre poor sport who thinks he is gods gift.
Dana_Plight- April 8, 2011 at 10:10 am
Ariel must really like covering MMA, because he could probably make a shit-ton-more money covering NBA or...something else. He's a damn fine journalist; he went to Syracuse Univ. Bob Costas went there, so in summation, eat a dick Diaz.
intercept440- April 8, 2011 at 9:56 am
fuck nik diasss, he a fucking waste of skin, but he is a good fighter
k-onda- April 8, 2011 at 9:54 am
Michael Phelps smoked pot, and Usain Bolt is Jamaican, so you know...
Fried Taco- April 8, 2011 at 9:19 am
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rogerw- April 8, 2011 at 9:18 am
Maybe, but certainly not many of the world's greatest athletes.
torxxx- April 8, 2011 at 9:14 am
ok so I can see the asshat editor that wrote this article is completely against pot.
"He’s a chronic weed smoker who’s somehow motivated enough to compete in triathlons when he’s not competing in mixed martial arts."

So someone who is a chronic pot smoker is supposed to be some lazy useless slob? GTFO, some of the world's brightest people smoked pot. If Diaz chooses to smoke pot leave it be. He still manages to fight, and put on a good show while doing it. Lay off the anti pot shit
RearNakedSpoon- April 8, 2011 at 8:51 am
Oh I understand Diaz now, it all relates to his drug use.
See, a normal person smokes weed to get a little silly but Diaz duct tapes weed to the back of a shovel and smashs it into his head so he goes full retard.
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