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Nick Diaz, Explained!

(Props: MMA Mania)

Skip to the 0:56 mark for this personal statement:

“There’s certain things I can’t do, I’m not going to do.  If someone tells me to do it I’m not going to do it.  I’m going to do what I want to do and that’s why I fight.  I want to do what I want to do.  I want to fight.  That’s what I want to do.  They’d say, ‘Hey, why didn’t you do your work, Nick?’ in class or school or whatever.  ‘Why don’t you do your homework?’  And I’m like, I don’t wanna.  I couldn’t figure out why, I just can tell you right now I don’t wanna.  I’m not going to.  And then when I found out what I wanted to do was I wanted to train jiu-jitsu.  That’s what I want to do.  I wanted to tap people out and train jiu-jitsu.  ‘What do you want to do?’  I want to fight.  That’s what I want to do so that’s what I’m going to do.”

A rare moment of lucidity from Nick Diaz in this old Showtime promo for one of his ShoXC fights gives us the clearest insight yet into his motivations.  I feel like I went to school with a few Nick Diaz’s.  Only instead of becoming famous pro fighters they ended up working at Chili’s, and not the good Chili’s by the movie theater where the girls from the community college all worked.  I’m talking about the bad Chili’s by the freeway where the used car salesmen drank on their lunch breaks.  Not pretty.  If only they’d done their homework.

After the jump, a little something to prepare you for the enthusiasm-over-substance approach of announcer Gus Johnson, who’ll be on the mic for Showtime on Saturday.

Think it’s too much to hope for that Johnson will reprise this gem for the end of the first fight of the evening: "My name’s Brett Rogers, and I put fools to sleep!" (BTW, isn’t anyone besides Kadumel going to pick against "The Grimm" in our little contest, just to be a contrarian?)

In case you’re curious, Gus summed up the narrative of the Diaz/Shamrock bout thusly:

“Shamrock-Diaz is an incredible fight.  It’s like a young lion versus an old lion. … Frank is nasty in the cage. He’s kind of a mad scientist when it comes to this beautiful sport. He’s going to try and punish Nick and prove that the old lion still runs the pack.”

All due respect here Gus, but what the hell are you talking about?

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Anonymous- April 9, 2009 at 5:58 pm
Um...who made that promo? He didn't "knockout" Gomi, dipshits.
Anonymous- April 9, 2009 at 8:31 am
Who the fuck does Bill Goldberg think he is kidding???? The guy is not a fighter, never was a fighter and now he is trying to act like he is an expert. He is a has been WCW poser asshole who is trying to sneak in the back door of MMA thinking that nobody is going to call him on his shit. Fight commentator my ass, Strikeforce needs to get rid of that douche because I guarantee that you won't find one true MMA fan who gives a shit about what that baby dick has to say!!!!!!!!!
Machete for hands- April 9, 2009 at 6:43 am
diaz is gonna fuck shamrock up!
Zomg!- April 9, 2009 at 1:14 am
Why the f*ck won't it let me view the video!?

godamnit- April 8, 2009 at 9:40 pm
Anonymous- April 8, 2009 at 8:43 pm
This is the funniest line I've read all week:

"I’m talking about the bad Chili’s by the freeway where the used car salesmen drank on their lunch breaks."
Anonymous- April 8, 2009 at 8:19 pm
Gus Johnson I almost pissed myself after that comment. Holy damn.
Anonymous- April 8, 2009 at 7:57 pm
Diego Sanchez thrashed Nick and has yet to receive a title shot. Nick would get schooled just like Sanchez did against real competition. His stand up sucks.
CAPS LOCK HAL- April 8, 2009 at 6:24 pm
Gus Johnson- April 8, 2009 at 6:11 pm
You see, Nick Diaz is like a boa constrictor..and..Frank Shamrock is like a Monnngoose, hes trying to prove that is the top dog...or wait top goose BUCKETS!!! FUCKING BUCKETS FROM ALEXANDER HAMILTON!!
cupcake- April 8, 2009 at 6:06 pm
The more I hear Nick Diaz talk the more he reminds me of Jake La Motta. Pretty soon he's gonna want to fight Nate for "fucking his girl".
Dante- April 8, 2009 at 5:49 pm
Nick Diaz is fucking retarded. He's going to hop off the short bus for this fight.
Patrick- April 8, 2009 at 4:54 pm
Man, I feel ya, Nick. I want to do what I want to do and I don't want to do what I don't want to do because doing what I want to do and not doing what I don't want to do is way better than doing what I don't want to do and not doing what I do want to do want to do want to do don't want to do what I don't want to do what I want to do to do to do to do to do to do.
Old, Bald and Irish- April 8, 2009 at 4:23 pm
Oh yeah...Gus Johnson, eat a bullet before Saturday night, OK?

I'm sick of these shitty announcers. JUST GET STEPHEN QUADROS!


...sorry...I'm in a shitty mood...

...and get some smarts, Kadumel... "The Grimm" has win!
Old, Bald and Irish- April 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm
Bill Goldberg..."Fight Commentator"

he he..."Fight Commentator"....


If I was Goldberg, I'd rather they put "Fake Wrestler" instead of "Fight Commentator"!

I like sexy coks- April 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm
I hope this fight delivers like the man I do.
Bubbafat- April 8, 2009 at 4:10 pm
I'm really getting sick of these video posts that aren't available in my region. It's only been in the last couple'a months or so, but it seems to be more and more common.
Chaplin- April 8, 2009 at 4:00 pm
war Diaz!!!! baaah!!!! he's a freak of nature. one of the most interesting people in mma
Hamma Fist Elbow- April 8, 2009 at 3:57 pm
Asked about Diaz' triathlon, Frank Shamrock said, "I play real sports. I'm not tryinda be the best at exercisin'."
CB- April 8, 2009 at 3:49 pm
Nick Diaz likes to roll around his hood with no shirt on, so that's what he's gonna do. He could roll with a sleeveless shirt, or even some shirtless sleeves, but he don't wanna do that. He wants the sun to warm his nipples and his elbows, so that's what he's gonna do.

All joking aside, I like Nick as a fighter man, he has a lot of heart and determination.
SantanaDVX- April 8, 2009 at 3:46 pm
Nick but only homies do they homie work. homie.
hello- April 8, 2009 at 3:43 pm
junie's nuts taste salty....
Anonymous- April 8, 2009 at 3:42 pm
The only thing that needs to be said about this fight, is something that Al Pachino already said so eloquently, "Fuck the fucking Diaz brothers, I bury those cockroaches." Fuck Stockton too, anyone who has ever been there hates it, except Nick and Nate Diaz.
Sakuraba3900- April 8, 2009 at 3:32 pm
Nick Diaz is the man... that is all that needs to be said.
young hairy and german- April 8, 2009 at 3:31 pm