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Nate Diaz Says Everyone in the UFC Uses Steroids and Without Sponsors, Fighters Wouldn’t be Able to Survive Financially

(Video courtesy YouTube/WorldFightProducts)

UFC lightweight-welterweight, Nate Diaz was in Toronto over the weekend for some guest appearances and I debated whether or not I should make the hour-and-a-half trek to interview him for the site, but ultimately I decided against it knowing that interviewing him is like hunting for truffles. You never know if you’re going to find anything valuable or just come home covered in mud and having wasted your day.

As you can see by the video above, which ranks in my top-ten most awkward fighter interviews of all time, the likelihood that I would have found a "truffle" were slim to none as Nate didn’t seem in the least bit interested in answering any of the interviewer’s mundane questions.

Maybe it had something to do with the guy’s habit of replying to each of Nate’s answers with "Cool!" or "Super!" or "Super Cool!" or maybe its because he and Nick are both sociopaths in the classic sense of the word.

Whatever the reason, the interview, which lasted just over three minutes but felt like thirty, was almost painful to watch.

A couple of somewhat interesting points he made in the interview, which likely won’t sit well with the UFC brass (see Todd Duffee) if they ever see it, were that he feels that everyone in the UFC is on steroids and that most fighters are underpaid and wouldn’t be able to survive without the financial aid of their sponsors.

When asked about Chael Sonnen‘s recent suspension for testing positive, Diaz said he didn’t have an opinion on the subject, then proceeded to share his opinion on the subject.

"No opinion. That’s not a surprise," Diaz said. "Not that he was on steroids, but all these guys are on steroids, so you can’t be surprised when somebody pops up on steroids, you know? You should be surprised when people aren’t on steroids."

Here’s what he had to say about how destitute he and other fighters would be if they were forced to live off of their fight purses alone.

"[Sponsors are] a big help, you know," Diaz pointed out. "A lot of fighters are underpaid. They help us put food on the table and clothes on our backs, so sponsors are great."

The average U.S. household income in America in 2009 was $33,000.

According to figures released by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission, Diaz made $60,000 for his UFC 118 bout with Marcus Davis, including a $30,000 win bonus. He also made $24,000 for his UFN 20 loss to Gray Maynard this year and an undisclosed amount for his UFC 111 win over Rory Markham.

So the question is, if he relies on sponsors to put food on his table and clothes on his back, what the hell is he blowing his money on?

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Joedirt- September 30, 2010 at 8:26 pm
This interview kills brain cells.
mt59801- September 30, 2010 at 6:05 pm
I'm not trying to defend these guys who are making huge amounts of cash, but not all of the salaries are in the 60K+ range. Undercard guys are more like 5k-15k which sounds OK until you realize that they are paying for camp, agents, managers, injuries and tests and don't forget travel and lodging for their corner. And maybe weed and shiny glass bongs and lots of "209" custom embroidery
steampunk22- September 30, 2010 at 4:54 pm

No kidding. Not sure why I get singled out to be honest. Plenty of dislike for this post before I got involved.
Miles- September 30, 2010 at 4:46 pm
good point blackbox. I just started BJJ at a gracie barra affiliate, its expensive. And I bet he could charge a lot more with his name than the guy I'm learning from.

@mike: I'd also like to say I enjoy a lot of your articles, sorry that I tend to only leave comments when I strongly disagree with them. This, however, was my least favorite to be honest because I think you severely misinterpreted him. As a long time reader I usually know without checking, you guys have pretty distinct styles
cecils_pupils- September 30, 2010 at 4:40 pm
Nate's been smokin' that Gomi Kush up in the 209 - weed worth fightin' for!
DiazBrotherFromAnotherMother- September 30, 2010 at 4:25 pm
i hear ya, that interview was shenanigans i wouldnt have put up with that shitty reporter and his super cool questions
2DaDeath- September 30, 2010 at 4:07 pm
Careful steampunk22 or else you're gonna have to get used to steampunk23, again. Please refer to the terms & conditions and have a nice day.
steampunk22- September 30, 2010 at 3:51 pm

To be fair, Dundas also gets winky faces. And so do you. And so does Ben.

You've written a lot of good articles. Which I've pointed out. I actually defended you, at length, a few weeks ago.

I don't look up who writes the articles, sir. Most of the time I don't have to.


fatbellyfrank- September 30, 2010 at 3:44 pm
I do enjoy them Diaz boys, just somethin about em you cant dislike
Mike Russell- September 30, 2010 at 2:48 pm
 @Miles: That's how Steampunk knows whether or not to use his winky faces or angry words. When it comes up BG he uses the winky faces...
blackboxmma- September 30, 2010 at 2:45 pm
Nate can charge what ever he wants for private BJJ lessons for the rest of his life
Miles- September 30, 2010 at 2:38 pm
@Halfway: Mike Russell. Just so everyone knows you can check who wrote it by searching the article name in the upper right.

Chamuko- September 30, 2010 at 2:16 pm
Does anyone know how much Randy and "Taps Out" Toney got paid for their fight?

Now that purse war ridiculous...
croatian 2089- September 30, 2010 at 2:07 pm
Man, either this guy completely sucks at interviewing or I got stop watching Ariel, because this guy was pathetic. Even though any Diaz brother sucks to interview because they are too high to comprehend thoughts at the moment in time.
RwilsonR- September 30, 2010 at 1:47 pm
@ steampunk - well said, and I agree. Actually, I have never thought of Nate Diaz as unfriendly. He seemed pretty friendly on TUF, but just someone who was never taught how to be properly social. I met him once, outside of an establishment in Vegas (Frank Mir's former place of employment), and he was very nice and willing to talk. Could have been because Dana White was standing two feet away at the time, but I thought Nate seemed like a decent guy.
Halfway- September 30, 2010 at 1:40 pm
What's the name of the guy that wrote this article? I'd like to read his other stuff.
Halfway- September 30, 2010 at 1:36 pm
I do love the Diaz brothers but I love logic and facts even more, unfortunately, those were left out in this article so I figured I'd chime in and point out some fallacies.
cecils_pupils- September 30, 2010 at 1:33 pm
y'all be hatin' 'cuz yer jealous of the way 209er's b tellin' it like it is....

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howardsternspenis- September 30, 2010 at 1:25 pm
the diaz brothers are a cancer to mma. they are both dumber than a box of shit and nick diaz is one of the ugliest motherfuckers i have ever seen in my life. fuck them, fuck them, fuck where they are from, fuck their mom, dad, and their "homies". thats all.
Miles- September 30, 2010 at 1:23 pm
@steampunk: well said.
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