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Nick Diaz is Treating His Retirement Like a Bargaining Tool, But Should We Care Anymore?

(A loaded bowl, nunchucks, and a ball on a string. In Stockton, this is how you go gently into that good night.) 

I just can’t anymore with Nick Diaz, you guys. I just can’t.

Earlier today, Diaz’s (likely overpaid) attorney, Jonathan Tweedale, told MMAMania the following:

Right now Nick is retired, unless he gets rematch with Georges St. Pierre or the big Anderson Silva fight. Apparently, if he doesn’t get those, he’s going to remain retired.

As a longtime fan of Diaz (his fighting style, at least), this “news” did not come as a shock to me, but was disappointing to hear nonetheless. Not because it means we won’t be seeing Diaz in the octagon anytime soon, but because this “I won’t play unless you pass me the ball,” retirement-as-a-bargaining-tool mentality represents the straw that has finally broke this camel’s back.

Look, I could set aside Diaz’s glaring mental deficiencies and overall jackassery back when he was laying waste to the Strikeforce welterweight division (or kicking Frank Shamrock’s assespecially when he was kicking Frank Shamrock’s ass). When Diaz returned to the UFC after a five year absence, I was generally excited that we would have a new player at 170 lbs. Hell, when Diaz screwed himself out of a shot at St. Pierre, then dropped his next fight to Carlos Condit, then tested positive for marijuana metabolites and subsequently “retired” for the first time, I was still willing to hold onto the hope that Diaz vs. GSP would become a reality just so we could finally put all the debate to rest.

But then, it did happen, and let’s be honest, Diaz choked. You can say whatever you want about GSP deceiving us with his threats to unleash his “dark side” on Diaz, but at the end of the day, it was Diaz’s fight to win. He was the one who called GSP out, who needled and prodded the champ through whatever media outlet he could during his suspension, who chased Georges around a hotel in 2011 to pick a fight. He wanted this fight, he wanted it bad, and he even leapfrogged actual contenders in order to get it. However, at UFC 158, gone were the crisp boxing combinations that saw Diaz physically break the likes of Penn, Shamrock, Paul Daley, and K.J. Noons to name a few. Gone was his much talked about grappling game, his relentless aggression, etc. Diaz brought little more than apathy and listlessness to his shot at glory, and when it was all over, all he was left with were excuses. Terrible, damn-near incomprehensible excuses.

It was at this point —  at least in my mind — that the mysterious, “fascinating” (as Dana White put it) facade that was Nick Diaz began to fade away, leaving behind a man who was more content to post conspiracy theories about “Canadian loopholes” than acknowledge the fact that he (or perhaps Cesar Gracie) is his own worst enemy.

And it’s a shame, because given the right training camp and a different mentality, Nick Diaz could be a champion. The problem is, I don’t think he really wants to be one. And the most frustrating thing of all is that nowadays, Diaz doesn’t seem like he even wants to earn the right to fight a champion — as if he should be able to fight whoever he chooses based on his credibility alone — hence his current hostage treatment of his own retirement. Diaz was given his shot at GSP, he choked, and of the over one million people who bought the first fight, how many of you would throw down another 50 dollars for the second? The same goes for a Diaz/Silva fight, which would only further our theory that fighters who unretire often look like a shell of their former selves upon doing so.

At just 29 years old, Diaz has already proven as much as he can in the sport of MMA — given his current “exception to the rule” attitude, at least. The fact that he will never become a UFC champion should not detract from what has been an incredibly entertaining, if often despairing career for the Stocktonian. But if Nick is not going to get in line like everyone else and fight his way back to the top, then perhaps it is time that he call it quits.

In short, the anti-bullshit superhero has quickly become its greatest villain. Or the bullshit superhero; your choice. In either case, I have officially stopped caring. How many of you are in the same boat, Potato Nation?

-J. Jones

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xkornqwm- April 7, 2013 at 9:37 am
what Beverly said I'm blown away that any body can profit $5788 in 1 month on the computer. have you read this site link
MMAposeur- April 5, 2013 at 9:07 am
Swingin nun-chucks, smokin' a bowl, and listening to Core? I officially want to hang out with Diaz. Watch him fight ever again? Meh.
KungfuJaysus- April 5, 2013 at 4:37 am
Shifty has the perfect response to this article. I couldn't agree more. Douche Diaz brings nothing good to MMA. Stay the fuck retired. Everyone is better off without you.
LOKI- April 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm
Bowel on the granite countertop of his lavish house that is totally not located in America's biggest city to just go bankrupt.
mma4ever- April 4, 2013 at 11:53 am
Feed him to ur rye aaaaaaa halll for his going away party . Naa he already said he don't wanna fight these new kids. Bet that killa would ko his ass then appolgise spelling sucks no that
Fried Taco- April 4, 2013 at 11:47 am
The ball wouldn't stay still and fight like a man.
RearNakedSpoon- April 4, 2013 at 11:39 am
After the video the Diaz camp then complained that the ball must have been watching tape or using spies to avoid most of his strikes.
Nippletwist- April 4, 2013 at 11:34 am
it'd be cool to see nick fight hendricks or maybe kampmann or something but other than that there's not really a lot of fights left for him. so i can understand him retiring. he doesn't have much left to do in the sport really.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- April 4, 2013 at 11:33 am
He deserves neither fight, and no one will miss him.

Good riddance, Diaz - it's about time you left. Don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out!
El Guapo- April 4, 2013 at 11:18 am
Retired my ass! If Fallon Fox talks shit I guarantee Nick will fight herm(him/her)at a catchweight. Pretty sure Florida will sanction it. Shit, they might even allow nunchucks and/or blunts in the ring.
JayJitsu310- April 4, 2013 at 10:50 am
Would rather watch Nate fight at this point, and I am a huge Nick Diaz fan. He just doesn't seem to care enough to show up and compete at the level us fans believe he is capable of.
I do believe he could beat GSP if he puts his mind to it, instead of just thinking he can, and going in and getting taken out of his comfort zone and looking like a lost child.
biohazardone- April 4, 2013 at 10:50 am
Nahh, I dont really give a shit about Nick. Im surprised Jones that you actually believed he was a legitimat threat to GSPs Crown. I knew GSP was gonna take him down and keep him there for most of the fight. Hell, I did not even buy the PPV because I was sure of how the fight would go.
Get Off Me- April 4, 2013 at 10:58 am
You missed a great fight between Hendricks and Condit though.
Pen Fifteen- April 4, 2013 at 10:32 am
Could be a champion my ass. Diaz made a career out of crushing mid-level fighters in entertaining scraps, giving him one of the most undeserved "elite" reputations in the history of the sport. Of his 26 wins, how many of them came over fighters ranked top 10 at the time? At most 3 or 4.

Sure, Diaz is a great BJJ guy, always looks for a finish, and is damn near impossible to submit or knockout, but let's not mistake him for some kind of would-be legend. He's a tough motherfucker who did things his own way, which is probably where we should leave it.
mma4ever- April 4, 2013 at 10:18 am
Ceaser gracie should be held responsible for be the king dick and setting a asshole mentality
The12ozCurls- April 4, 2013 at 10:16 am
Am I the only one that saw the brand-new unused blender on the counter with the crumbled instruction manual right beside it? I guess they finally gave up trying to figure it out.
Get Off Me- April 4, 2013 at 10:33 am
My eyes gravitated towards the bong right by the sink.
The12ozCurls- April 4, 2013 at 10:44 am