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Video: ‘UFC Primetime–Diaz vs Condit’ Episode 1

 (Video courtesy of Zombie Prophet)

Before the dust had even settled from the organization’s debut on FX, the push began for UFC 143‘s headliner. The battle for the interim Welterweight belt is getting the full “Primetime” treatment with an in depth, behind-the-scenes look at Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit. If you were too busy to catch the first installment of the series, bully for you. We’ve got the video above and some notes after the jump for the soft-headed.

It looks like someone at the Zuffa office got a thesaurus for Christmas. “Enigmatic” is the early buzzword to describe Diaz and the sort of behavior that we’ve so lazily branded as “crazy”.
The narrator cites Lodi, California as Diaz’s home. Did the former Strikeforce champion finally take those community college courses on purchasing a house, move out of Stockton proper, and relocate to the “Zinfandel Capital of the World”? Don’t fret, readers—Lodi is still officially in the coveted 209 area code.
Having previously complained that no members of the media want to visit him and get to know him, how does Diaz welcome the all-access film crew to his gym? By literally shutting the door on them so he can meet with his coaches and train, of course.
“He doesn’t like the pretentiousness of what he has to do in the media, and he’d rather not do it. He doesn’t want himself opening up. He’s actually trying to close parts of himself, preparing himself for war. They’ll ask him to go do a press conference with his adversary, when in his mind he’s preparing himself to beat the hell out of that guy in the cage. And if you’re going to tell him to sit there and make nice with the guy, he has trouble coming to terms with that.” Cesar Gracie
“Nick understands something: the fight starts when you sign on dotted line. You see the staredowns and everything, and guys get a little crazy. You really can’t out-crazy Nick Diaz, you just can’t. He’s going to do things to cause a reaction from his opponent. It’s literally like he’s playing a high-power chess game.” Cesar Gracie, adding fuel to the rumors that the winner of Diaz-Condit will take on Garry Kasparov sometime in June.
“I don’t think he’s a bad guy at all. Is he trained to go and talk in front of the camera? No. He is not a speaker; he is not a poster boy; he is not a salesman. He just likes to do what we do. He likes to fight.” Val Ignatov, confirming our suspicions that Diaz hasn’t been formally groomed for dealing with the press.
“I think the things that brought Carlos to MMA are what brings a lot of young men to MMA. And that is you have this drive, this need, this testosterone, this anger, and it’s got to go somewhere.” Greg Jackson
“Nick definitely has holes in his game. He kind of makes up for that by just being tough, by being able to take a lot of punishment. The question is whether he’s going to be able to take as much punishment as I’m going to dish out.” Carlos Condit
“Carlos was never the fastest, he was never the strongest. He was never really the most technical. But what he had from a very, very young age is an incredible competitive spirit. He hated to lose.” Carlos Condit’s dad, who could easily fill in for “The Most Interesting Man in the World”.
“Back in the day, so this is 21 years ago when I had Nick in my class, it’s just the way he was. Nick was Nick, and Nick was going to do what he was going to do. And if he felt like doing that at that moment, that’s what he was going to do.” Diaz’s second grade teacher.
“I pulled the fire alarm in class. I don’t know why I did that. I was just standing by it, and I was screwing with it, and I knew it was a fire alarm or something. I was in second grade. I just didn’t really understand how a fire alarm worked, cause I would just kinda mess with it, and I kinda started, I didn’t mean to pull the fire alarm, but I was screwing with it too much. And I ended up pulling it, and I was like, ‘Oh no, I did not just do that!’ And I was the only one standing there. I’m like, ‘it went down’. I was like, she’s like, ‘you pulled it!’ And I was like, ‘oh.’ It was bad.” Diaz, reliving an event which, despite being a relatively common and innocent childhood prank, seems to have left deep emotional scars that haunt him till this day.
“It didn’t surprise me. I was like, ‘Oh, Nick!’ Since all of this I looked on YouTube and saw some videos of him because I haven’t seen him since he was a kid . He’s the exact same. He doesn’t make eye contact. He talks very slow and deliberate. He takes a breath between words. I mean when I saw him on that video he was the exact same kid.” Diaz’s second grade teacher, whose shocking refusal to use adverbs explains how Nick ended up fighting in a cage for a living.
“They had an issue with my attendance already, because I didn’t have good attendance anyways, because I didn’t want to show up at school and end up having to blast somebody. And you don’t know if you’re going to get shot or stabbed or jumped at school because that’s what happens to everybody else. It’s not like I’m, oh I’m paranoid or something. I’m not paranoid…” Nick Diaz, sounding just like every paranoid person we’ve ever known.
“Sometimes he gets upset. When you ask me why he gets upset, it’s his inability to express himself verbally. That’s why he’s a fighter. But when he gets in that ring he’s a poet. A poet in motion.” Steve Heath, Diaz’s last MMA coach, hitting the nail on the head.



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2Dogs- January 24, 2012 at 2:19 am
And BTW CP, thanks for a another great article/video ;)
2Dogs- January 24, 2012 at 2:16 am
The fire alarm story was awesome..."I was just screwin around with it and it went off.." ....thats what we all say Nick, pretty damn funny though
fact- January 23, 2012 at 11:27 pm
this site sucks, you can't reply. @ninjay: how do you just make shit up? he grew up in stockton. I could call you names, which I'm sure you've heard before, but there is no point. stupid people get what is coming to them anyway.
Boo- January 23, 2012 at 9:50 am
By my count, every UFC Primetime has used a Black Keys song.
I think that is pretty rad.
philoebeddoe- January 23, 2012 at 8:04 am
I qam pretty sure that Rollins has been doing the Primetime show's narration since the begining. Not just the last two.
philoebeddoe- January 23, 2012 at 8:03 am
I think Nick will out box him....but if Condit can mix up the strikes with takedowns...and not just stand there in front of Nick taking jab after jab and body after body shot...

Condit has a decent chance of winning if they gameplan it. I dont think he beats Nick without doing this..but you never know. I dont know that if BJ & Daley couldnt get Nick really rocked...then Condit wont have the power to do it.

Those who have beat Nick take him down and out wrestle him.

The thing is I really like both these guy, but I really want to see Diaz fight GSP...
BIG BAD BULL- January 22, 2012 at 10:46 pm
Hate to break everyone's heart with this... I actually appreciate the way that the producer managed to "draw" Nick out. All that the common viewer sees is Nick being a dick. My old striking coach was Kit Cope. Kit and Nick were close friends, so Nick was in our gym all the time. He was always down to earth, friendly, and respectful. I watched him on several occasions give out his personal cell phone number to random strangers to come roll any time they wanted (keep in mind, I live in Vegas). The last time I saw him was right after the first KJ Noons fight. He was all stitched up, forbidden to train, and after talking with every single person that approached him, he layed on the mat and started doing different types of crunches in a pair of jeans and a t shirt. Yes, when it comes to a fight he is an animal...but he is not the monster that propaganda makes him out to be.

His brother Nate, on the other hand is a different matter. Shortly after winning TUF, Nate came into our gym, and wanted to roll with our ground trainer, Angelo Antuna. Angelo tapped Nate a couple of times (Angelo fights 145). Afterwards, Nate started talking shit (IN SOME ONE ELSE'S HOUSE) and challenged Angelo to fight. Long story short, Angelo Antuna walked through one of Nate's front kicks's, went belly to back, and supplexed Nate in the middle of our banana bag set up... In the end, appreciate Nick for the fights that he puts on, the job he does, and NOT how great he is in front of a camera concerning a guy he has been paid to hurt.
Rear Naked Poke- January 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm
LOL i bet Justin would be scared to fight Nick now!

couldn't help but notice the way Nick Avoids eye contact when he talks, and looks away from the speaker, then when he focuses on the person or camara he just looks right through it, like he is looking beyond it. that is the type of anti social behavior that is associated with killers and socio paths. Nick is a beast, and in the last few minutes when he finally looked at the camara, i got the chills, becasue it remeinded me of what i just described above. just a calm blank stare.
im not comparing these guys but Aleks Emlianenko and Fedor had that same cold stare, all three where finishers.
RwilsonR- January 22, 2012 at 9:23 pm
@ sp00ki - in all honesty, I didn't watch this one yet, and can't play the above video on iOS. So I was going by what SquidInk said, which made sense because Rollins did the narration for the last Primetime. I know Mike Rowe did the TUF narration, so wouldn't be surprised if he was involved. Should be easy enough to tell... they have very different voices.
CrushCo- January 22, 2012 at 11:26 am
@RwilsonR: Yeah, this is mine, thanks. If you ever want an exercise in frustration, just try transcribing a Nick Diaz rant. Rewind, play, rewind, play, rewind...
sp00ki kabuki- January 22, 2012 at 10:40 am
its not rollins its Mike Rowe
Morningwood- January 22, 2012 at 10:10 am
It's an old song but Diaz should change his entrance music to "fist of rage" then get knocked out!
Kid Clam Curtains- January 22, 2012 at 9:59 am
Diaz is about as socially comfortable as I am deadly with my fists. Can't wait for this fight though. I thought the FX production was great BTW. I'm sure the camera/interview crew are having a blast trying to get enough material out of Diaz.
Morningwood- January 22, 2012 at 9:28 am
Condit will get beat up. But, I think he ko's Diaz in a wild exchange. At the end of the fight the pictures will look a lot worse for Condit. but, he gets the win with a ko.
WARBONG- January 22, 2012 at 9:11 am
"terrible human"- apparently don't know many humans do ya, McFukhead.
WARBONG- January 22, 2012 at 9:08 am
i wish Nick was fighting someone i could hate on...the wife and kid and dogs thing kinda fuked me up for this fight...oh well, Carlos is a big boy...WAR DIAZ.
McLuvin- January 22, 2012 at 8:52 am
I've always liked Condit, but I see Diaz taking this fight. He is a hell of a fighter even if he is a terrible human.
dim mak- January 22, 2012 at 7:29 am
it's so weird that they included that crap about the second grade fire alarm. it makes you wonder what footage they discarded. diaz is tougher, crazier, and more determined--just like the cowboy with nate, i don't think condit will know how to respond to the constant pressure. WAR DIAZ!!!
RearNakedSpoon- January 22, 2012 at 5:42 am
Oh and Wolfmother rocks!!!!
Captcha - sublime violki...
RearNakedSpoon- January 22, 2012 at 5:40 am
So what have we learnt?
Condit has a wife and a kid. He is getting a new house and training for the fight.
Diaz likes triathlons. Pulled a Fire alarm once for no reason and has not changed at all since being about 6 years old. Too mentally weak to be in the same room as his opponent before the fight as it screws with his preparation.
I think that if Condit doesn't come in with a wrestling strategy he will miss the opportunity to be considered one of the best in the sport, even if he wins.
Todd M- January 22, 2012 at 4:32 am
I thought the last 5 minutes when Diaz talked about his childhood was more interesting than any other countdown type show. I know Nick is not the most articulate guy but the way he compared the media to school kids egging on a fight made a lot of sense to me, I laughed my ass of when he named the kid he had problems with.
Arianny Sylvia- January 22, 2012 at 12:39 am
Wow, I didn't picked up on the Rollins thing. I DVRd it; will have to check it.
oc in this bitch- January 21, 2012 at 10:43 pm
and that sounds nothing like rollins.
oc in this bitch- January 21, 2012 at 10:39 pm
yeah i dont know what ur vision of nice is but its definately not lodi been there many times that place is shit.ghetto as fuck all the way up to sac.from bakersfield to sacramento i wouldnt wish anyone to have to live there.i mean for god sake they arrested terrorists in lodi.diaz tko 2nd or 3rd round no problemo.
Ogre- January 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm
Dana's ears perked up when Carlos said he'd fight for free