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Dana White: ‘Nick Diaz Is a Bad Ass’


Add Nick Diaz to the list of EliteXC refugees who Dana White may be looking to pick up. During an appearance on TapouT Radio Live, the UFC prez was complementary of Stockton’s favorite son, though he made it known that he doesn’t approve of Diaz’s confrontational antics:

“I think Nick Diaz is a bad ass. Nick Diaz is a tough kid. Nick Diaz doesn’t handle himself right all the time in public. I like him — I respect him as a fighter. I love his attitude. I love the way that kid fights. But you can’t do the stuff that this kid does in public. You can’t get into fights when the fight is over … you can’t do that stuff.”

Of course, we immediately think of Diaz’s in-cage taunts of KJ Noons and his father at EliteXC: The Return of the King in June — and the obscene gestures he makes at the crowd after his fights, which is something of a Diaz family tradition. But Dana White is likely also referring to a bizarre incident that took place after Diaz’s UFC 57 fight against Joe Riggs in February 2006. As Wikipedia retells it:

Similar to his treatment of Sanchez, Diaz made sure that he taunted [Riggs] before their fight, starting at the official press conference at the event in which Diaz confronted Riggs and the two exchanged words. They continued their conversation at the official weigh-ins in which both fighters had to be separated by UFC president Dana White and other officials present.

Riggs prevailed in a hard-fought battle, winning by unanimous decision and giving Diaz his second straight loss. After the fight, the two were taken to the hospital for observation and post-fight tests. It was there that Diaz confronted Riggs and proceeded to punch him in the face, knocking Riggs to his knees. Riggs then tackled Diaz into a wall and started to knee him when the police arrived and quickly rushed in to separate the two. Neither party, including the police, decided to press charges.

Like Robbie Lawler, Nick Diaz was released from the UFC after suffering a string of losses, but went on to find greater success and recognition outside of the Octagon. Diaz would be wise to cash in on the popularity he’s earned lately and return to the UFC. And if he’s ordered to rein in his emotional outbursts, well, maybe that would be better for all of us. There’s already one Diaz brother in the UFC. Both at once, firing off middle fingers at will, might be too much realness to handle, homey.

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Douchey McDoucherton- February 12, 2009 at 12:45 am
Isn't that the dude that played Honda in the Street Fighter wait he might be the dude that played that chef in that Adam Sandler movie where the girl has the date him a bunch of different times...I believe it was called 50 First Date Rapes.
fat city- December 13, 2008 at 9:22 pm
how can you disrespect 2 fighters like the diaz brothers who are willing to fight anyone and almost always have exciting fights.theres too many haters,why dont you haters come to stockton and fight one of these guys if you think they suck,i can tell you where they train and what time,please e-mail me when you want to come down,my odds tell me that your in for a ass whooping. ps,bring friends,lots of them too.
Imbecile- October 28, 2008 at 8:36 pm
I was actually sitting at one of the bars in the lobby of the Mandalay after that fight, and I was chatting with Tim Sylvia. Then Joe Riggs walks up right after he got back from the hospital, and he starts telling Big Tim about how Diaz just walks into his hospital room, starts talking trash, and then sucker punches him. It was pretty funny, because Riggs was more surprised and bewildered, than he was angry, or anything.
NICK DIAZ- October 28, 2008 at 2:45 pm
"I hate when people say I'm a mental fighter, like what the fuck does that mean? That's fucking mentally retarded." Nate Diaz
NICK DIAZ FOR PREZ...HOMEY!!- October 28, 2008 at 2:40 pm
"He talks trash and will fight you, win or lose, but it's to your face like a man. " - Cesar Gracie on Nick Diaz
NICK DIAZ FOR PREZ...HOMEY!!- October 28, 2008 at 2:38 pm
any of you fuckers come on my side of the hospital and I'll fuckin clock ya.

Set up a tag team match against the shamrocks, i'd love to see frank and ken get the shit choked out of em.

209 Bitches!!!!!!
Kevbo- October 28, 2008 at 11:50 am
@ TUF Guy

"I said it once and I’ll say it again. I named my testicles Nick and Nate Diaz. I probably use the equal amount of force to jizz as they do in 5 rounds."

I made the mistake of taking a sip of Powerade just before I read that comment. Very funny stuff.
Terjay- October 28, 2008 at 6:46 am
Shit just got real, son!
Dildo_Slice is literally a teenager- October 28, 2008 at 6:22 am
Who didn't learn how to use "there/their/they're"
and "your/you're".
209 my left nut- October 28, 2008 at 3:58 am
The only thing the Diaz brothers will be tag teaming is Dana's asshole.
vinsullo- October 28, 2008 at 3:11 am
NICK DIAZ is one of the best in my eyes. No b.s. from this kid. Started young in the UFC when it was for real fans. Not all you fag bitches on here! Boxing, heart and oh yeah, nasty JJ. He loses decisions by people that don't finish fights.
Zach Mac- October 28, 2008 at 1:09 am
209 bitches!!! War Diaz brothers and fuck all the haters
The_Outlaw- October 28, 2008 at 12:28 am
Nick should be back in the UFC, I like to see a fight with him and Jon Fitch. KJ Noons doesn't belong in the UFC, Dana would tear him a new asshole if he backs down from a fight. Fuck that picture above it was taken after Noon's drunk ass dad had grave Nick in a headlock after one of Noons cornermen punch Diaz in the ribs.
jl_cast- October 27, 2008 at 11:36 pm
oohhh wait 209!!!!! sunnnnn!!!!!!!
jl_cast- October 27, 2008 at 11:34 pm
@ Dana White is a HOMO

datz phuck up yo...4 0 9 put e whooping yo azz sun !!!

Kimbo Slice bee dat nig put butt whoopin on u!!!!! SUNN!!!!!!!!!
Gnads- October 27, 2008 at 11:30 pm
A bad ass? More like takes in in the ass! The Diaz bros and the fucking 209 can suck my peach!!!
jl_cast- October 27, 2008 at 11:28 pm
Kimbo Slice would kick anybody's ass thats realness !!!!!
rocky- October 27, 2008 at 10:58 pm
TUF Guy- October 27, 2008 at 10:33 pm
ouch, ouch, ouch
The Greg- October 27, 2008 at 10:24 pm
Please, please UFC, pick nick back up. Plenty of work for him in the UFC. Can't be without a Nick Diaz carnival for too long, or I will go into withdrawals. Nick is the balls. Nate is great to watch as well, but he just isn't as crazy as Nick. How could any fan not like them? They are fucking nuts, and they live to fight. The cage is their home. Gotta love that.
fuck glen mccoy- October 27, 2008 at 10:18 pm
Glen, you are an ass. Dana loves both the Diaz bros. "destroying the UFC with thugs?" Nate is beating every single person they put in front of him. Nick has won 8 of his last 9 fights, the last three of which were by TKO. If you dont understand why Dana would want fighters like that, you dont understand the fight game. A "thug" would be an unskilled fighter, who likely would not have a shot in the UFC. Instead you have Nate Diaz, who is 5-0 in the UFC, and Nick Diaz, who in his career with the UFC had a 6-4 record. Dont be scared homie!
Glen McCoy- October 27, 2008 at 8:53 pm
Dana White can't control one punk Junie,what would he ( Dana ) do with the diaz brothers. Go Dana you are destroying the UFC with thugs.
TUF Guy- October 27, 2008 at 8:46 pm
@ Darkside,

they'll say no, but when push came to shove and a few of the idiots HAD the chance to meet me, guess what happened. So keep hiding behind your "darkside" tag. I know that you are probably more pathetic in real life then you are on here, so keep beating up your keyboard and thinking that you are a tough guy, chump change.

Actually I appologize to the rest of you chumps, this guy is an insult to chumps.
mayhem420- October 27, 2008 at 8:42 pm
@Dana White is a HOMO
Now that was some funny shit!
Rp- October 27, 2008 at 8:42 pm
Diaz didn't leave because of a string of losses ass. Disrespect to the Diaz brothers is punishable by death.