(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?