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Video Tribute: The Five Most Memorable Post-Fight Cage Confrontations in MMA History

#2 – The Nick Diaz Fiasco, Part 1

It’s downright shocking that someone who smokes as much pot as Nick Diaz does can simultaneously be as aggressive and confrontational as Nick Diaz is at every waking moment (Author’s note: Unless you’re Marc Ratner of course, in which case you probably saw this coming). If Sir-Smoke-A-Lot strapped on four ounce gloves and a permanent mean mug, he would be Nick Diaz. So it should have come as little surprise to anyone other than the masterminds behind EliteXC that allowing Diaz to be in the same ring as any other fighter — let alone the last man to defeat him in K.J. Noons — would quickly disintegrate into a clusterfuck of epic proportions. Yet they did it anyway.

It all went down at EliteXC: Return of the King. Noons had just defended the belt he beat out Diaz for by trouncing Yves Edwards. Diaz had shown up 9 pounds heavy and scored a plodding UD win over Mushin Corbbrey. Clearly these two were meant to square off next, so EliteXC wrangled Bill Goldberg into the mix to…moderate, I guess, by yelling into the microphone as loud as humanely possible. Despite Noons’ calm demeanor, Diaz would still act as if he had been called a bitch and gave birth to one of the greatest catchphrases in MMA history before erupting into an all out brawl with the Noons clan. Thankfully, Hawaii’s army of Tela Tuli’s were on hand to break things up before it got too serious.

If only the same could be said for our final entry…

#1 – The Nick Diaz Fiasco, Part 2 (a.k.a The Strikeforce Brawl)

At this point in his post-fight brawling career, Nick Diaz was in danger of facing what is known in the music industry as the Sophomore slump. Sure, his first post-fight confrontation was pretty legendary by post-fight confrontation standards, but could he pull it off again? It was a question that nearly tens of thousands of nobody was asking, but boy oh boy would Diaz silence those of us who were questioning just how much of a loose cannon he truly was with this one.

Now, the infamous Strikeforce: Nashville brawl can be easily attributed to Jason Miller‘s insistence on Kanye-Westing Jake Shields in the immediate aftermath of his come-from-behind win over Dan Henderson, but we’re not sure how his playful pleading for a rematch was considered immediate grounds for a Team Cesar Gracie gang stomping. Diaz and several other members of Team Gracie were fined for their participation in the brawl, and Miller received a 3 month suspension on top of his fines. It was an unmitigated disaster for everyone involved, but hey, it was also responsible for another one of the greatest catchphrases in MMA history, so all’s well that ends well, right guys?

Honorable Mentions: The Pride 31 Hammer House/Chute Box brawl and the Renzo Gracie/Nate Marquardt face kicking incident. Both we’re equally, if not more memorable than a couple of the entries on this list, but because they weren’t the result of a staged confrontation, we had to exclude them.

So, Potato Nation, will the Silva/St. Pierre staredown wind up in the vein of Diaz/Noons, or will St. Pierre opt to repeat “Not empressed” until we are all blue in the face?

-J. Jones

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mma4ever- November 8, 2012 at 8:18 am
Just to lett u all know shields head is swollen due to stiffeling a shit cramp so its not his fault
RwilsonR- November 8, 2012 at 7:41 am
I suppose I should have read the honorable mentions before commenting. I also suppose Danga shouldn't have some bullshit criteria, and should have included them in the actual list.
K-Bo- November 8, 2012 at 7:40 am
The Nashville Brawl does show the initial shove by Shields so you don't get to see the real deal. Thats pretty lame.
RwilsonR- November 8, 2012 at 7:21 am
This should have been a top 10 list, easily. Paul Daley vs Kos. Renzo in the ring after Almeida/Marquardt. Or the best - Mark Coleman, his old man, and Phil Baroni vs Chute Boxe after Shogun blew out his arm against Coleman, and Wand still had a short fuse in those days.
2Dogs- November 8, 2012 at 6:26 am
"so EliteXC wrangled Bill Goldberg into the mix to…moderate, I guess, by yelling into the microphone as loud as humanely possible." - awesome, just awesome...
holeeball- November 8, 2012 at 2:56 am
"I'm not impressed by your performance"
Shakes hand
RSparrow- November 7, 2012 at 7:44 pm
Did Vandy say he came here to fuck!?? Lmao
Mr_Misanthropy- November 7, 2012 at 7:31 pm
Honorable loosely connected mention for the hospital brawl?
Todd M- November 7, 2012 at 7:02 pm
Wandy vs Rampage after Page dusted Randleman in Pride. Quinton bit off more than he could chew that night, Wandy only had two words in english 'MY BELT!'
J.Jones- November 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm
@ Paste - Both good entries, but again, they were not the result of a set up confrontation.
Paste- November 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm
ohhh or for that matter when Aoki going all Diaz and throwing the double Stockton hey buddy and then flying around the ring like an airplane?
Paste- November 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm
What about Paul Daleys cheap shot of Kos?