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Fashion Forecast: In 6 Months, Every Pro Fighter Will Own a Nick Diaz T-shirt

(Hipster, please. PicProps: GBRing)

Nick Diaz, it seems, is the new Tapout. Perhaps taking his cue from Jason “Mayhem” Miller’s iron-on awesomeness, Shinya Aoki showed up for a Dream.16 prefight press conference in Tokyo over the weekend sporting his own Diaz T-shirt. Where Miller’s shirt was straightforward and to-the-point, Aoki’s – which is manufactured by the TwoThree clothing company – was a bit more verbose. Seriously, this has to be considered the most unlikely MMA fashion trend since Jesus Didn’t Tap and a muddled attempt to figure out what it all means is after the jump.

Since Aoki – who also made it clear he didn’t appreciate “indiscreet reporters
asking negative questions,”
at the press conference — has something of a heel gimmick going in Japan, we assume he’s being ironic here. Because the TwoThree shirt makes a number of dubious claims about Diaz’s character and because Aoki is coming off a five-round ass-kicking by Diaz teammate Gilbert Melendez, it’s not hard to imagine that Aoki is prodding Diaz a bit by sporting the limited edition Tee to the media event. Diaz, as we all know, has always been very proddable.

The strangest part is that Aoki is already booked to appear in a non-title fight against Kazushi Sakuraba at the event. So there’s that.

But if Aoki is somehow trying to talk his way into a fight with the Strikeforce welterweight champion, he should be warned that modeling Diaz’s merch hasn’t proved that effective in recent history. It sure didn’t work for Miller. Instead of capitalizing on the built-in hype surrounding that pair, Strikeforce chose to try to revive Diaz’s feud with lightweight fighter KJ Noons from almost three years ago. That extremely quizzical matchup goes down in October.

Diaz has been keeping an uncharacteristically low profile throughout all this. It’s been some time since he mumbled his way through one his of trademark self-shot YouTube retorts. He has not yet publicly responded to Miller’s claims that he is scared to fight. Now with the emergence of the Aoki T-shirt stunt, we can only assume a witty rejoinder from the de facto Mayor of Stockton will be forthcoming.

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jamesmedley- September 30, 2011 at 2:39 am
Nick Diaz, it appears, may be the new Tapout. Possibly taking his signal from Jason “Mayhem” Miller’s iron-on masterdom, Shinya Aoki turned up for any Dream.16 prefight press conference in Tokyo, japan over the past weekend sporting their own Diaz T-shirt. Where Miller’s shirt was straightforward and also to-the-point, Aoki’s - that is manufactured through the TwoThree clothing company - was a little more verbose. Seriously, this needs to be looked at probably the most unlikely MMA fashion trend since Jesus Didn’t Tap along with a muddled attempt to determine what it really every means is following the jump.
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Mr_Misanthropy- September 6, 2010 at 11:38 am
Rainbow grappling spats FTW. There can be only one.
Im not impressed by your- September 6, 2010 at 11:36 am
I'm not impressed by Nick's attempt at 'publishing' an autobiography
BrutusBox- September 6, 2010 at 9:48 am
alright someone needs to say it, what really needs to go down is what we've all been secretly dreaming of but no one will dare to utter. Mayhem v. Aoki in the "battle of the striped tights"
Shaky- September 6, 2010 at 5:15 am
I wanna see a Nick Diaz T-shirt with the double whammy on, you know, he only brings it out for special occassions. Have that in conjunction with the mean muggin and you've got yourself a customer sir!
2DaDeath- September 6, 2010 at 1:06 am
First off, I also don't see this T as Aoki calling out Nick Diaz. Melendez whooped Aoki's ass. Why would Aoki call out a bigger, better fighter? He wouldn't, is the answer to that question.

Secondly... Diaz vs. Miller > Diaz vs. Noons II
weedrulz15- September 5, 2010 at 11:26 pm
The shirt is all about the American vs Japan MMA bullshit. Everybody remembers when Nick slapped a gogo on Gomi, and Aoki thinks he could submit him etc etc, but he's too small to do anything.
ReDx- September 5, 2010 at 10:10 pm
I think he's rocking that in favor of Diaz. Isn't Aoki just a Japanese version of Diaz anyways?
ReX13- September 5, 2010 at 9:41 pm
since i can't top Missed Her Pits and Her Pee,

wasn't Aoki supposedly training with the Cesar Gracie camp? So maybe this is him saying he's down with the Stockton crew. We know he already knows the gang sign.
oc in this bitch- September 5, 2010 at 8:29 pm
diaz would destroy aoki worse than gomi.besides that aoki just got the crap beat out of him hes nobody now
Mofo- September 5, 2010 at 7:19 pm
As long as we're editing our posts, here's what I'm saying: unicorns are pretty.
Mr_Misanthropy- September 5, 2010 at 6:52 pm
I'll rock a "NICK DIAZ GROWS DOPE" shirt anyday. Beleedat, pleyboi.
Kimbos Bread- September 5, 2010 at 6:37 pm
They've already sold out of the "NICK DIAZ IS A DOPE" shirts.
RwilsonR- September 5, 2010 at 6:13 pm
I love that shirt! Diaz needs to have a voice-over guy read that before his walkout to every fight. It would be kinda like the intro to Renegade:

"He was a cop, and good at his job. But then he committed the ultimate sin and testified against other cops - gone bad. Cops who tried to kill him, but got the woman he loved instead. Framed for murder, now he prowls the badlands. An outlaw hunting outlaws, a bounty hunter - a RENEGADE!"

PERPATRAITOR- September 5, 2010 at 4:01 pm
I think aoki is a fan!
itsgalf- September 5, 2010 at 2:02 pm
"Beleedat, nawmsayin, beleedat."
wifey- September 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm
I don't have anything intelligent to add, except that I'm pretty thrilled that my new phone lets me log into cp. Oh, and misanthropy rocks.
Mofo- September 5, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Sheeeeeet. You know what they say - lay em down and smack em yack em!
Miles- September 5, 2010 at 12:29 pm
mofo - don't be so fucking hostile.

danomite - thanks for answering like a normal person, and rofl at "the soares effect"
Miles- September 5, 2010 at 12:10 pm
wouldn't he wear a T-shirt that doesn't complement Diaz if he's trying to call him out?

And while I agree the Miller matchup is probably more marketable, I would much rather see Noons Diaz II.
Mr_Misanthropy- September 5, 2010 at 12:01 pm
Nick Diaz: Scronneh whieboy commenfrommendeh hood, Sockonn nawmsayin? Immagonn whoopdatass, playa, oneh wunna wetterwait enna wurl, prensiss, andats James Toney. Youse nummatoos, suckafoos. Beleedat, nawmsayin, beleedat.
Mofo- September 5, 2010 at 11:50 am
It'd say:

Heffa humma da scatchoo wanna! Princess oda wod, ain gon lay on toppa me.

Jane Tomee Hev-ate shampon oda wod!
danomite- September 5, 2010 at 11:46 am
I wonder what a James Toney T-shirt like this would say. Anyone got any ideas?
danomite- September 5, 2010 at 11:42 am
hahahaha. I think that's a sincere t-shirt. whether or not aoki is wearing it sincerely or sarcastically is up for debate but I'm not sure it was meant as a joke when it was made. The website has his pic on it so I'm guessing they got his permission and the only thing on there that makes it seem like a joke is the "intelligent" part. See, they're japanese, so when they don't know the difference between what a smart person sounds like when they're speaking english and what a dumb person, like say james toney or anybody named diaz, sounds like. All they hear is what the translator translates their gibberish into. It's called the "Soares effect".

Mofo- September 5, 2010 at 11:40 am
Yeh I like Aoki personally but Diaz would keep it standing and jab the shit outta him.