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Interesting Tidbit of the Day: The UFC Tried Unsuccessfully to Persuade Nick Diaz to Go On Blind Date When He Was on the Payroll

(Video courtesy of YouTube/NCAASteve)

Urijah Faber was on Steve Cofield’s ESPN radio show last week and he revealed an interesting nugget that shed some light on the tumultuous relationship between Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz and UFC president Dana White.

According to the former WEC featherweight champ, the UFC tried valiantly years ago to convince Diaz to join fellow UFC fighters Tiki Ghosn, Pete Spratt and Tim Sylvia as contestants on Blind Date, but the Stockton native had no interest in making an appearance on the dating reality show.

“Hopefully Dana will step up [and offer him enough money to stay with Zuffa]. They’ve had kind of a weird relationship over the years because Dana’s a business man and Nick Diaz is good for business when he fights, but he’s known for skipping out on some of the PR stuff. Being a difficult guy to deal with when it comes to promoting things sometimes…I remember Diaz telling me years ago how they punished him for not going on that dating show they were having a couple of fighters go on,” Faber explained. “They would go on this dating show and Nick had a girlfriend at the time and , they wanted him on there for publicity and he wouldn’t do it so they put him and I think maybe Karo on the undercard. Somebody was on the undercard with Nick Diaz…I can’t remember who he was fighting, but… He’s got a chip on his shoulder when it comes to those guys sometimes. They’re trying to help him and he’s trying to help himself, so… I wish the best for Nick, I think they’ll make it work out.”

So THAT’S what Dana is talking about when he says Nick needs to play the game if he wants back in the UFC.

Though I respect Nick for standing up for himself and refusing to do the show, I can’t help but wonder how awesome the episode might have been with Nick not making eye contact with his date and mumbling incoherently about how lousy his date was treating him.

His appearance may have made Sylvia’s seem way less awkward by comparison.

(Video courtesy of YouTube/ArmandthaUnderdog)

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Hank Mardukis- May 11, 2011 at 11:54 am
RwilsonR you fucking kill me. I just got a bunch of weird looks in the waiting room at my doctors when I started laughing hysterically at those Blind Date pop-ups.
meanfinger- May 11, 2011 at 11:50 am
sooo this is how tim sylvia really won the heavyweight title!
SnackDaddy- May 11, 2011 at 7:28 am
It doesn't take a marketing genius to see how awesome Nick would've been for Blind Date.
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Lex Talionis- May 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm
LOL @ the mean mug count down. Well played sir
RwilsonR- May 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm
@ mDino - Well, it was a cucumber when it went in...
mDino- May 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm
tim sylvia walks like theres a pickle stuck up his butt
RwilsonR- May 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm
Blind date pop-ups:
Nick's motto: "I ain't no bitch."
Therapist Joe says: "Nick uses marijuana and nervous aggression to hide his insecurity."
Another mean mug in..... 5..... 4..... 3..... 2.....
RwilsonR- May 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm
I am amazed the UFC made it this far if Dana White's best PR plans were to have Tim Sylvia, Tiki Ghosn, and Nick Diaz represent the sport on Blind Date.
themadturnip- May 10, 2011 at 1:28 pm
@El Guapo
that's funny shit right there
BigBalluh- May 10, 2011 at 12:28 pm
yeah since going on blind date worked wonders for tim's career, it was funny hearing my dad laugh after I told him, such positive publicity right?
Fried Taco- May 10, 2011 at 11:59 am
Is that how Tiki hooked up with Arianny?
El Guapo- May 10, 2011 at 11:42 am
Horny Hottie: Wanna go back to my place?

Nick: I dunno, you know. I mean, yeah, it's like, whatever, you know.
El Guapo- May 10, 2011 at 11:36 am
This comment section was money! With that kind of material, I figured it would be. I'd pay PPV prices to see Nick on "Blind Date".
jimbonics- May 10, 2011 at 10:47 am
Tim Sylvia shat himself and what remained of his dignity in the octagon.
dim mak- May 10, 2011 at 10:45 am
Girl: So, what are you into?

Nick: I like to fight. I like money. and I smoke a lot of weed.

Girl: Uh, okay. Where are we going on our date?

Nick: Back to my place for Playstation and bong hits. Maybe we can order a pizza later.

Girl: I'm outta here.


Really Nick, would that have been so hard? Five minutes, tops.
Morningwood- May 10, 2011 at 10:36 am
maybe the chick was DEA.
GILL-uh-TEEN- May 10, 2011 at 10:34 am
Nick Diaz is still fighting in Strikeforce.

Tim Sylvia is now fighting obesity.
mikemoriendi- May 10, 2011 at 10:28 am
@Kimbos Beard
I didn't know War Machine was on Blind Date.
djbeatkid- May 10, 2011 at 10:22 am
that's awesome that Nick refused to sell his dignity like Tim Sylvia
hooligun- May 10, 2011 at 10:16 am
good fucking grief
Kid Clam Curtains- May 10, 2011 at 10:15 am
Don't be scared, Amanda.
Kimbos Bread- May 10, 2011 at 10:09 am
I saw them set up a virgin with a pornstar on that show. And I'm not talking about Tim Sylvia.