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Quote of the Day: Nate Diaz Doesn’t Think Nick Will Ever Fight Again

(Shirtless Saturdays just aren’t going to be the same around the gym without Nick.)’s Ariel Helwani caught up with UFC on Fox 3 headliner Nate Diaz today at the press conference today in New York for the New Jersey event and the lightweight contender revealed that he thinks his brother Nick’s days in the Octagon are over.

“Triathlon season is starting so he’s just training, getting in shape for that. [He's] concentrating on being in shape, being healthy, helping me out and coaching me for my fights. Right now, I don’t think [we'll ever see him back]. He’s just big on, like I said, just being healthy and staying in shape and not worrying about [fighting] and thinking about it. I think he’s retired. He hasn’t been into this whole fighting thing for some time, you know? Since everything that goes on with the funny wins and losses — for not just him — for me and for people on our team. I think he’s just relaxed right now and he’s pretty set on his retirement. I kind of agree with him, you know? It’s hard to say, especially when it’s somebody like my brother,” Nate explained.

“I’m not going to tell him to go fight somebody. I think he’s doing the right thing, you know? Whatever. He made enough money to just chill back, sit back and relax, you know? People don’t understand, Nick never had nothing. He came from not much, so… He complained a lot about not making much money because there’s so many people making more money than him that he works 10 times harder than, so. But they definitely paid him enough money to not have to do anything. He don’t need to fight,” he told Helwani.

So there you have it, unless Nick simply isn’t one for sharing his feelings with his friends and family, which we highly doubt, we may have seen the last of the ornery Stockton native in the cage. At least there’s still a chance we might see him join the thoughtful and caring business of boxing, where I’m sure he’ll have no problems with promoters or reporters.

Check out the video after the jump.

(Video courtesy of MMAFighting)

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KarmaAteMyCat- March 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm
@Shogun; I was gonna answer your horrible logic but it seems ArmFarmer beat me to it.
Me likey- March 7, 2012 at 9:05 am
the guy on the left looks like he is being tazed.
this is pic is seriously gay. what were they thinking? lets all take our shirts off in the parking lot and pose like we are tough.
ArmFarmer- March 7, 2012 at 8:27 am
Nick can run a gym and charge people 150 a month or more for membership, he can make money outside of fighting. Just cause you retire from fighting doesn't mean you can't work anymore.
shogunfootstomp- March 7, 2012 at 7:29 am
he hasnt made enough money to retire karma, get a much do you think it cost to live for the next 50 yrs? now minus reefer costs.... they were smoking some blunts and decided to try to pry a lil more money out of ' the man '. end of story.... unless tri-athelons pay alot more than the zero they used to...
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- March 7, 2012 at 6:54 am
He's gonna retire, run out of money and be back....a couple hundred thousand isn't enough to retire on when your 28, homie
howardsternspenis- March 7, 2012 at 6:18 am
the guy on the left looks like hes constipated....
Me likey- March 7, 2012 at 4:31 am
i am pretty sure dakota cochrane took this picture.
SnackDaddy- March 7, 2012 at 2:40 am
Why is it always the most overpaid fighters who lose interest and retire early? Example: Rampage, Nick Diaz, Penn, Brock Lesnar... Hell, even Anderson Silva now days acts like he doesn't need to fight any more. If this isn't a case for paying fighters less and keeping them hungry, than I don't know what is.
fatbellyfrank- March 7, 2012 at 2:17 am
If Nick's not interested and his heart isn't in it 100%, then he's making the right decision for himself, which is all that should really matter when fighters consider retirement, if he gets the itch, he'll come back, but as his brother said,he's comfortable and enjoying training for triathlon's. He'll be missed because both Diaz boys are entertaining as fuck in the cage.
RearNakedSpoon- March 7, 2012 at 2:10 am
Another strikeforce chumpion downgraded to gatekeeper. Real fighters refuse to give up and always want one more fight. Diaz is only in it for the money and not for the sport, if he can't keep beating up 155er's in main card fights then he will just take his ball and go home. He won't be missed.
SnackDaddy- March 6, 2012 at 10:14 pm
"[T]hey definitely paid him enough money to not have to do anything. He don’t need to fight.”

Golden words. Did Zuffa just loose one of their biggest draws by paying him too much? Hmmm...
RSparrow- March 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm
Nick is one of those fighters who NEEDS to be in the UFC. He Keeps it fun and exciting... Which keeps it fun and exciting at the bar... Which keeps chics at your table happy...which..
abenormal- March 6, 2012 at 8:42 pm
I feel for Nick, I really do. After the Condit fight he was straight up robbed of his marijuana No Contest.
Horse Renoir- March 6, 2012 at 8:39 pm
I like Nate, these days. He seems to have a lot more humility since the Gomi fight and I'm kinda diggin' it.

Nick, on the other hand, bitched out. Completely. Bitched out. The biggest fight of his life and he screws it up by being himself; not adapting to his opponent, thinking his psychological warfare will work and ultimately losing. That's just what happens whenever you're used to being a big fish in a little pond; bring that big fish into the ocean where they have to deal with sharks and they just stop.. living, by being slaughtered.

If Condit beat his ass for most of the fight by having a different style than Nick was used to, imagine what GSP would do to him. GSP adapts to his opponents, Nick doesn't.

By the way, I'm surprised no one's mentioned the fact that Cesar Gracie has said that he has a personal hatred for Greg Jackson and the Jackson camp. So for Nick to retire after losing to a Jackson-trained fighter, who isn't GSP, must have been a serious kick in the balls for Cesar.
rngeorgeh- March 6, 2012 at 7:55 pm
Tarzan, pull those pants up!
Rear Naked Poke- March 6, 2012 at 7:44 pm
Nick is a warrior at heart, someone calls him a punk, he will fight again. Either way I'm a fan of the 209 boys, I'm ok with him quitting now, technically he is Stockton rules. who can say that???
Nippletwist- March 6, 2012 at 7:15 pm
can't really blame nick, probably biggest fight of your career and you push the pace & action the whole fight while your opponent won't exchange, you win 4 rounds, most people think you won, and they give the decision to the other guy. imagine the frustration he's been chasing gsp for years, he's always wanted to prove he's the best, and they it gets taken away from him like that. can't blame him, but i wish he would come back, would love to see the gsp fight.
KarmaAteMyCat- March 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm
Nah fuck that. If Nick Diaz is done then my hat is off to him, he doesn't HAVE to fight if he's well off then fuck it? Isn't that the end result goal for fighters? I sure hope so, because you can't fight forever. I mean there are plenty of fighters who do it for to long and I don't even have to name names. It's not called being a bitch it's called doing your own thing.
Savageleto- March 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm
... Man, Nick- don't be a bitch.

Yes the refs can suck... Yes the Judges are usually horrid.
Yes... Condit played the game- and got the trophy.

And yes... you probably now have more money in your pocket than you ever have.

But if you retire now.. you are only going to regret it later.

Listen to El Guapo... "Don't be dumb, homie"

There are many wins and Benjamin's in your future for MMA.
Ricardo Guitardo- March 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm
That picture looks like it is from the SF gay pride parade.
El Guapo- March 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm
Don't be dumb, homie.