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‘Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg’ Aftermath: Oh, Nick Diaz, You So Crazy

(It’s a Nor-Cal thing. Or something. VidProps: MMA Fighting)

In successfully defending his welterweight title on Saturday night, Nick Diaz underscored exactly why he is Strikeforce’s most compelling and valuable property. Diaz possesses the total promotional package — the stand-up, the grappling, the trash talk, the antisocial personality disorder – and at this point it’s clear that Scott Coker needs his blend of credibility, charisma and troubled-foster-kid charm more than almost anyone else on the SF roster. We give him a lot of shit on this website (almost all of which he richly deserves) but after his command performance against Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos in this weekend’s main event, it was impossible not to come away with a greater appreciation for the wonderful train wreck that is Diaz.

From his recent conference call outburst to his shellacking of a game Cyborg to the fact that when the fight was over Diaz couldn’t wait to walk to the side of the cage, flip off some random hecklers in the crowd and call them “fucking bitches,” it was a pleasure to watch him work. There’s just something about this guy: We can’t take our eyes off him and yet as the video at top proves, it would be totally insufferable to actually be around him for longer than five minutes. In that way he’s kind of like a bizarre, badass Milla Jovovich.

Diaz struggled a bit early with the torrent of inside leg kicks from Santos – all of which he accepted without so much as a crack in his mean mug – but by the close of the first round you got the feeling we’d seen everything the challenger had to offer. Though Cyborg came out for the second just as eager as in the first (even again arguably controlling the opening few minutes), it was plain to see that the momentum was slipping away from him. Cyborg hit Diaz with bombs and the champ didn’t flinch. Diaz hit Cyborg with his patented pitter-pat straight punches and Cyborg looked prime for the slaughter. By the time the Brazilian muddled through a trip takedown with just over 30 seconds left in the round it was like you could hear the audience collectively muttering, “That may not have been the best idea.”

And it wasn’t. As soon as things hit the ground, Diaz made it look like all that stuff he’d done on the feet was just a goof. On the mat he was leaps and bound beyond Cyborg, taking all of 20 seconds to hook up an arm bar from the guard, grab a leg to flip Santos over and stretch him until he tapped. Then Diaz strolled calmly to the chain link to hand out his “fuck yous” for the evening, even throwing his mouthpiece into the crowd. When you consider that the object of his rage wasn’t rival Jason “Mayhem” Miller or prospective No. 1 contender Paul Daly, but reportedly just some random dudes who’d been yelling mean stuff at him from cageside, you get the idea what kind of guy we’re dealing with here. It’s also why a lot of people love him.

Diaz is certainly in a different marketing universe than uninspiring 185-pound champ Jacare Souza, who got rocked late in the first last night only to retain his title with a second-round choke-out of Robbie Lawler that felt more frustrating than anything else. As unstable as he is, Diaz is still definitely better for the sport than “fight ambassador” Herschel Walker, too. Walker looked decent in dispatching Scott Carson on the undercard, but without any kind of context for his no-name opponents it’s impossible to tell how seriously (if at all) we should be taking the former football player. Dare we say Diaz is more useful to Strikeforce than even Fedor Emelianenko who, if the company’s plans for its heavyweight GP work out, could finally see his first relevant action in nearly five years during 2011.

No, when you consider Strikeforce’s other legitimate promotional commodities: Alistair Overeem, who’s been most notable in the company due to his long absences; Gilbert Melendez, who is good but so starved for competition that Coker has to borrow guys from Dream and K-1 just to give him a challenge and Fabricio Werdum, who is yet to prove he’s not a one-hit wonder;  it’s clear that Strikeforce needs Nick Diaz more than Nick Diaz needs Strikeforce.

It also gives you a clue why he seems to have the upper hand in all of his negotiations with the company and why he chose to re-sign with Strikeforce recently. It’s good to be Nick Diaz right now, you guys.


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Craigger12- February 1, 2011 at 9:45 am
Clearly this is Diaz "playing nice" as a result of big DW's remarks about Diaz coming back to the ufc if he got his shit together. You can tell he's just dying to blurt out some stupid shit about some punk ass being scurred.
RSparrow- January 31, 2011 at 12:08 pm
@Get off me

Good point, and yes I do enjoy the fights that Strikeforce puts on, no doubt. I enjoy any fights. I just have to say that (to me) Scott Coker doesn't seem to have a grasp yet. There's obviously a lot of people working under him that are making things come together, he just doesn't strike me as a confident leader and boss.

This is gonna be a big year for Strikeforce, and will answer a lot of questions. It'll be interesting.
Get Off Me- January 31, 2011 at 9:56 am
I respectfully disagree that Mayhem got his ass handled by Shields, I think it was much more of a competitive fight than that.
Obviously you watch mma for the right reasons in my books. Having said that, why might you be so anti-Coker? Seriously, I have been sayiing this for a long time now, take the bells and whistles away(production, presentation and commentary) and to me UFC and Strikeforce over the past year have both put on an equally impressive body of fights. I mean Coker gave us what the UFC wouldn't, people watched(you included most likely) and were entertained, how can you be pro UFC and anti Coker(SF) if the reason you watch is for what happens in the cage?

KarmaAteMyCat- January 31, 2011 at 8:59 am

Well put good man!
KarmaAteMyCat- January 31, 2011 at 8:56 am
Extra 15lbs? So many fighters drop so much more then what Miller would be dropping. I know how extreme and how much weight cutting can be torture I do it every time I fight. Diaz and company offered Miller a catch weight at 178-179 Miller declined you fools keep claiming that he wasn't offered a catch weight. Sorry I don't jump on the hate wagon with you fools and make all sorts of outrageous claims. Such as how you guys completely tare him down at every chance you get which is so incredibly bias but lets not stop there you guys, take his word beyond out of context. Diaz would fight anyone you put at him at a reasonable weight for a reasonable amount. The guy just said He'd even do a boxing fight even though he new the mass amounts of retards would claim he was in over his head. Also Diaz didn't start all this, Miller did HE went into a CAGE after Shields had finished his successful title defense against Dan henderson and provoked a situation. What the fuck do you expect to happen? Did he think it was gonna be like the Rampage/Ryshad situation? Shouldn't miller be more worried about his own weight class and getting a strap? Perhaps becoming relevant in MMA. To say Miller wouldn't be doing this exact campaign of childish bullshit and ridiculous antics to Shields if he was still around EVEN though got his ass completely handled would eb absurd. GO ahead deny it because its completely true. Sorry you disagree and I'm even sorrier to those who feel they have to turn a friendly debate into a personal situation were you want to to degrade the other person. I won't play into that I will merely keep to the subject at hand.

As for NinjaNerd

Calling someone a Kid on the internet is about as low as Oh I don't know anyone can get? Perhaps if you try harder next time santa will bring you what you want for Xmas. silly person.
budsellers- January 31, 2011 at 7:39 am
well stated RSparrow
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- January 31, 2011 at 6:09 am
You know, i used to hate this guy. Now I love him. I think he is in character when he is fight mode cause I see pictures of him at triathlons and stuff smiling and having a good time. Lets think for a minute why he gets so worked up before fights, maybe someone is going to try to punch a hole in his face and take his bread. I would get worked up to. I think he is honest and straight forward and makes no excuses. Nice to see in a game where everyone wants to love everyone before breaking a foot off in there ass. TWO middle fingers up for my boy.
Don't be scared homies
don't be scared
RearNakedSpoon- January 31, 2011 at 5:04 am
Wasn't it like 5 years ago that Mayhem last made 170 and he even fought at least once at 205 since bulking up from the welterweight bracket?

The only thing stopping this fight from happening is Diaz keeps trying to put up hurdles. I assume an incompatibly of star signs will be the next excuse from Diaz.
dthrckt- January 31, 2011 at 4:46 am
that was an exciting fight. i thought diaz was going to get destroyed after about the sixth leg kick. good show, strikeforce.

but this article is another big snot on the rag that is cagepotato.

ie cyborg "muddled through a trip takedown"


"Phrasal Verb: muddle through, To push on to a favorable outcome in a disorganized way."

uhhhhh, looked like a great takedown to me, but who am i to say. regardless, an infant could see it wasn't a favorable outcome...
somethingnew- January 31, 2011 at 3:48 am
I don't read the comments often, and I never, ever comment. Yet you've driven me from my cave.

I've been with CP since the beginning, and didn't even think about defecting during the loss of Ben.

I never railed against Mike or his proliferation of typos (PS, this article, Semtex is known as Paul Daley, not Paul Daly).

Yet I'm at my break point, CP, for the love of Nancy stop using "You guys" at the end of sentences.

It was hip and meta to use it 3 years ago (which you weren't). It was trendy to use it 2 years ago, but slightly annoying. It was stupid to use it last year because it was so played out. And here in 2011 it makes you look like ass-clowns.

It's not cute, you're not funny when you use it.

ghostboner- January 31, 2011 at 2:19 am
@Karma - Come talk when you get back from lunch. I cannot believe the Diaz satchel clinger crew still try to argue this shit.

A - Diaz started it. There can be no argument, when you initiate unsanctioned violence, you started it. Don't be a bitch. Finish it.

B - Diaz said in a recent interview that he would fight at 185


D - Mayhem walks around over 200. For as much as you love to talk about all your fighting expertise, I would think you would know how much cutting weight takes out of you. An extra 15 lbs is a ton. Even 5 lbs can be torture. Especially when your opponent/attacker has said he will fight anyone and at 185!

F - Scott Coker said Diaz is the one who turned down the fight.

G - Diaz says in the interview above "I'll fight anybody". He apparently just wants to get paid. Is there a bigger draw for him than Miller? Every single thread that even mentions Diaz turns into a Mayhem vs Miller debate. Maybe it would be a draw???
RSparrow- January 31, 2011 at 12:34 am

A lot of these guys have great points... and they are backing it up with facts. You on the other hand, gotta disagree bro.

You're missing a very important piece of the puzzle. These guys fight for a living. You spend so much time bitching about how they act in interviews, backstage, bla bla fucking bla.

Who gives a shit. We watch and love this sport for what they do when the bell rings. (and I'm pretty sure I'm not solo). There's a lot of nerves involved when you get into a fight, if you need to pump yourself up before you step in a cage to fight in front of thousands of people, so be it. That's the beauty of the sport. Avoid the politics, you wont see Nick Diaz on "Predator Raw", enough with the fucking bullshit.

It's pure entertainment brother, and I enjoy each and every fight that I can see happen. I'm a die hard UFC fan, and super anti-Coker, but I have to admit that I love watching a shit talking Diaz step into the cage and fight.

cloiselle- January 31, 2011 at 12:16 am

Nick didn't even CUSS during his interview even if he came off as shy and introverted.


get his ass into the ufc to fight some REAL fighters. and to make him some REAL $$$

HomeSchooled- January 30, 2011 at 11:56 pm
I don't understand all the strikeforce hate. It seems like they can't do anything right. I'm glad UFC has competition stateside, it'll motivate those guys to put on some good shows instead of dry-humping decision matchups that stretch the full 2/3 hours. I don't even know when was the last time UFC's maincard fight all finished with (T)KO or Submission
NinjaNerd8- January 30, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Don't you mean 'of a lesser caliber?' Don't try to correct someone unless you actually know the right way to say something.

Lol, when will you kids learn...
ccman- January 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm
Millers walk around weight is around 205. And by your logic everyone who beat liddell at the end of his career were legend killers. Same as gracie ect. Beating guys way past their prime does not a champion make. And considering his biggest win would be kj noons (yes I know frank s. Though he was closer to the grave than prime) and since he walks around at 165 and moved up for the rematch looking fat..... says it all.

Otherwise The guy went 6-4 in the ufc losing to every fighter still there. I get the ghetto needs heros but can't you worship the local smack dealer? He at least earns his check.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 30, 2011 at 10:18 pm
Does anyone else think that miller may not actually want this fight? that dropping weight and putting actual effort into this and then losing may not only cause him to become incredibly irrelevant in MMA but it might also kill the ratings of his wonderful show. Just saying.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 30, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Certainly a champion he's proven it multiple times. Miller is just angry he didnt get the rematch from Shields. Butt hurt even. Not to mention that the entire fiasco was Millers fault which would be why he was the only person involved suspended. Cans at 185? You mean Legends in the sport. I'm wrong? How am I wrong ? Miller walks around at 188lbs or so? I believe. Every human being can cut upto ten pounds of water weight with EASE. How is he so different? I don't understand why someone who barely cuts any weight or has any real pull in MMA in general should be given the advantage of not cutting weight. I'm not wrong. It's sorry CCman not this time. He was offered a catch weight, he turned it down. I hardly see your logic or even care to irrational at best my friend is what you are being. It's okay though most people who hate on Nick say the very same things. He belongs at 170lbs. Cutting weight is much easier then putting it on. Sorry.
PERPATRAITOR- January 30, 2011 at 8:32 pm
Fuck you bitch I'm gonna perpatraite your old lady and take her out to a nice seafood dinner. Then never call her again!!! War Diaz!!
dranokills- January 30, 2011 at 8:28 pm
LJM Says:
Sun, 01/30/2011 - 22:36

I'm frustrated with the writing here. So much of it is good, insightful, witty. But then you throw around words like "unstable," "train-wreck," and "anti-social." And based on a post-fight interview in which he refused to be entertaining or elaborate on simple feelings, he's "insufferable."

Look, words have to mean something. Diaz is an unusual guy, he's uncomfortable giving interviews, and he makes himself angry in order to win fights. I understand how people wouldn't like his personality, sure. But he's not getting arrested, or beating people up outside of the cage. He's not in and out of rehab. People who are can legitimately be described as "unstable" or a "train wreck." When you use those words to describe a guy you just don't like, it's simply bad writing. You should try harder.
How about the fights he has in hospitals, how about throwing water on other fighters to insight a fight with them, how about all the really classy talk he does? How about all the dope he smokes.
Look dumb-ass people call him a trainwreck, and insufferable cause those are the goddamn NICE adjectives we can think of.
Look at this video above. he won't look at Helwani, he wanders around the place mentally, can't focus, acts like he would rather has his spleen removed with a spoon than be there answering questions that are nice questions that are building him up. he blows it off, and acts a fucking fool the whole time. And then when asked " who was you saying fuck you to" he doesn't have the balls to say who it was? "its whatever...yeah its just you know"....what kinda pussy burn out answer is that? Look this topic is spot on he is fun to watch, but he is a mental midget with an attitude, and no matter how he left the UFC, he and his crazy fanbase can justify it anyways they want he would still be a small fish in a big pond in the UFC, period. He is a coward when it comes to Mayhem. I think he could beat Mayhem, but he keeps talking his stupid talk...walk around looking like someones always coming up behind him, non focused self and all his nuthuggers will keep liking that, well yippee for them and whoopdeeshit for him, stay in straikefarce crushing cans Nicky, and one day the odds will get ya.

Ballkick- January 30, 2011 at 8:00 pm
If I were Mayhem Miller and got jumped by the 209 and his entire posse, I would be extremely motivated to drop to whatever weight Dick Niaz wanted. After rehydration and some horse tartar I would be sitting back around 185.
I know there is no reason that Dick Niaz can't do a catch-weight, but if you agree to meet him at 170 then we'd see just who the scared homie is.

I just want to see this score settled for my personal entertainment and if the two fighters can make a big payday in the meantime (and they would),'s a win/win for everyone.

interesting fact,.... Diaz's reach 74" Miller's reach 77" both 6'1" tall
random fact,....Miller's middle name is Nick,.....I find that ironic.
ccman- January 30, 2011 at 7:49 pm
Sorry karma. Wrong.
A. Diaz has recently fought at 185 and is more than happy to fight cans at 185.
B. He Jumped miller. Sucker punched him. Face him.
C. Miller does not want his belt no matter how much rainbow bright glitter they put on it (you don't really think sf spent money on those thing do you?)
D. Belt holder? Sure. Champion? Not hardly.
just some dong- January 30, 2011 at 7:17 pm
It seems that both Diaz and Miller are more interested in talking shit than actually making the fight happen. Sadly, neither one of them is any good at talking shit.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm
Fuck Miller. he wants the champion drop to a catch weight thats reasonable. Sorry I disagree that's just not how it works.
ghostboner- January 30, 2011 at 6:02 pm
At first I agreed with the Lesnar thing, but after thinking about it I don't think the analogy holds. Lesnar was flipping off the entire crowd, and essentially, all the fans who were watching. Diaz was just jawing at some specific group of clowns who had been heckling him all night. Mostly just some gangsta bullshit. I will give Nick a pass on that one. Kinda. It is still stupid, but not the same as Lesnar's little snafu.