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Videos: Dana White Thinks Nick Diaz Should ‘Tone It Down’ If He Wants to Be a Superstar; Diaz Sort of Proves His Point

Dana White’s long-held opinion of Nick Diaz goes something like this: He’s a talented kid, but he won’t be welcome back in the UFC until he learns how to “play the game.” Just before Diaz’s first-round TKO victory over Paul Daley on Saturday, White spoke to Ariel Helwani in more detail about Strikeforce’s anti-social welterweight champion (discussion starts at the 3:24 mark, translation via FightOpinion):

When I listen to Nick Diaz talk, you know, this kid’s talented, he’s well-rounded, I like his attitude and the way that he carries himself…to a point. He always crosses the line every time he gets out there and talks publicly and…he can be such a big star. This kid could be a big star if he would just calm down a little bit and not so be so angry with everybody. I mean, seriously, who the fuck wants to beat up Ariel Helwani, man? Other than other reporters, who wants to beat up Ariel Helwani? Nick has this talent and he talks about the big money and all the other things. He can make this big money. He can do that. He can be that guy. He could fight GSP. He could have all these opportunities. He’s got to tone it down a little bit, you know, and I don’t think that many people out there would disagree with me and I’m not asking Nick Diaz not to be Nick Diaz. I like Nick Diaz. I like the way he is and it’s part of the appeal of him, you know. But you gotta tone it down just a little bit…if we could get Nick to a point where he doesn’t cross the line and he doesn’t get so crazy all the time, he could be a big star. People like him. And people dislike him, too. That’s not a bad thing.

To this, we would ask: Tone what down, exactly? It’s been three years since the last time Diaz let weed affect his MMA career, and one year since the last time he participated in an in-cage brawl on national television; he’s actually been on his best behavior for a long damn time. Is a tense interview with Ariel Helwani really evidence that the UFC can’t work with one of the most talented fighters in the world? Can’t we just let Nick be Nick? And then you see Diaz’s post-fight interview with Helwani, and you’re like, “oh, right.” See what we mean after the jump…

Not sure if it’s the euphoria of winning or what, but if you skip ahead to the 0:35 mark, you’ll hear that Nick Diaz has somehow become convinced that he’s been suspended for “whatever happened out there,” and he’s pretty pissed off about it. Ariel has no idea what he’s talking about, and neither does anybody else, to our knowledge. But in Diaz’s mind, something bad happened during/after his fight with Daley, and he’s being punished for it. Diaz has gone full Sheen on us. Instead of being happy with his win, the perpetually upset Stocktonite begins to rant about how Strikeforce sets him up in matches with guys who will knock him out, so they can get rid of him. “You’re going to have to find some other way,” Diaz tells the camera, defiantly.

What? If he’s suggesting that Strikeforce would rather have Evangelista Santos or Marius Zaromskis as their welterweight champion, then he’s straight-up delusional. Diaz’s weird persecution complex definitely doesn’t make him compatible with Dana White — who seems to expect gratitude and loyalty even from those he craps on. But DW may have a point about Diaz and stardom. While fans appreciate that Diaz is nobody’s puppet, it’s hard to promote a guy who’s so emotionally unpredictable, so hostile to media, so uninterested in the requirements of stardom. If you want Georges St. Pierre‘s success, you have to play the game like GSP does. If Diaz has no interest in doing that, then there isn’t much more that the world can do for him.

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Mad Jock McMad- April 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm
Completely out to lunch. I love it.

Nick - if you're reading this we love you but lay off the weed as you're talking crazy.
Mad Jock McMad- April 12, 2011 at 6:17 pm
You gotta love some of the comments on here - there is some funny shit written here. i love it.
fatbellyfrank- April 11, 2011 at 11:29 pm
@Myklhoey, take care dude, watch your back and looking forward to reading your comments again as soon as possible. Look after yourself bro, and many thanks for the shout out. And off duty cops should wear fucken signs so us normal humans know to stay away
dranokills- April 11, 2011 at 9:24 pm
naww man Im not mad at all, just telling like it is.
dillweed- April 11, 2011 at 8:50 pm
I guess you guys must feel like a bunch of fucktards now that the story is out that nick was told by a csac official in the ring that he would likely get a suspension for some bullshit while he was still in the ring. Recant the article fuck heads
BigBalluh- April 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm
lol drano u mad bro? I guess you gotta find things to be angry at to get thru life.
dranokills- April 11, 2011 at 8:12 pm
hey ballkick come tell me AGAIN how Diaz isn't a paranoid delusional fucking bakehead.
you and Diaz both are nucking futz!


hey myklhoey don't eat no prison bag of dicks now you here?


now back to Diaz...........if he doesn't want to fight so much that would make me happy, the less I have to see of this freak the better.
Get Off Me- April 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm
@Danomite
And Ariel accepted that as an answer because he's a hack.

@twoleftfeet
That's exactly it, with UFC banning reporters at will(even if they banned some weak ones) they are effectively controlling the products presentation to media outlets who cover the sport. AOL pays the UFC for credentials, they pay to have the opportunity to cover this sport.
danomite- April 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm
@twoleftfeet
ariel did ask what he was talking about and Diaz just mumbled a bunch of incoherent nonsense in response
twoleftfeet- April 11, 2011 at 3:12 pm
I did not watch the interview but I do have a question. Why didn't ariel ask him to explain the suspension issue? Isn't that what reporters are supposed to do ? Or is ariel so worried about ruffling the baldfathers feathers that he is effectivly a pr person, not a reporter?
I know my last question is kind of a reach. But why are we taking it out on Nick that we don't know what he is talking about. His job is to fight. The reporters job is to ask questions
k-onda- April 11, 2011 at 3:10 pm
It's sad that the athletes in this sport can't just be athletes, but have to be actors/playas/puppets too.
intercept440- April 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm
Diaz is about one joint away from going full on rampage jackson, losing his mind, and causing a bunch of shit , although im not sure how much damage on the road he will cause in a low rider, ya damn sure know he dont drive no 4x4
danomite- April 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm
dam mang, am not on mkyhoeyz lyst of fayvrit commenters? fuk that shitt mayne. o wel emale BG and maybe u culd dew ur own bighowse blog lyke War Mashine.
-as far as Diaz is concerned I say let him be himself as long as he does the publicity stuff. There are plenty of guys out there who like him for his antics and will pay to see him fight, I just don't happen to be one of them. I also am trying to not be as mean when I talk about Diaz from now on, because like MKO I'm fairly certain he has Asperger's or some sort of social disorder.
KMagician- April 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm
This dude is crazy but I fucking love him.
I don't want to see him get laid on for 3 rounds in the UFC though, let him beat the shit out of people in Strikeforce.
Shatski- April 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm
Seems like a lot of Nick's frustration has to do with the way that Strikeforce ran things and how little time in advance they put shows together. Zuffa is pretty good about putting shows together months in advance, so maybe that won't be a problem for him anymore. He's entertaining despite his paranoia or whatever. Probably feels like he's under a microscope after the Nashville incident.
MKO- April 11, 2011 at 12:22 pm
Oh yeah, there's definitely something wrong with Nick. Love the guy, always fights his heart out. Have always felt bad that him and his brother both have terrible genetics; tall, lanky, unable to put on muscle. Also, fairly sure that Nate has a slight case of Asperger's
BigBalluh- April 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm
just look at how often ANY UFC champ fights compared to nicks recent schedule and you will understand.
BigBalluh- April 11, 2011 at 11:53 am
ghostboner thats not the point, how often do u see other champs in the UFC fight after being beat up pretty good during the fight? 2 months later?? fuck no. I understand zuffa owns strikeforce now so maybe theyll understand Nick and not put him against so many people in a short amount of time. He was saying that Daley was aware of the damage to his leg and attacked it knowing that a few months earlier it got busted up. It has nothing to do how he was feeling during the fight, but the fact that he was given a fight against paul daley much sooner then any other champ would be given a fight. I was wrong about nick being suspended after the cyborg fight so I apologize for that, but his leg couldnt have been in good shape, yet he was given a fight so soon. I know Nick always asks for fights, but now that he's the champ he doesn't need to be thrown fight after fight, even if he wants to. Specially when he's wasting his talent in Strikeforce, and I hope Zuffa realizes that and they don't keep his schedule as consistent as it has been recently, cus he will be a huge draw/title-contender for UFC and they don't need to keep wearing him down before he's able to get there.
SnackDaddy- April 11, 2011 at 11:13 am
Diaz would do really well in WWE.
ghostboner- April 11, 2011 at 10:57 am
bigballuh=209 native? So his knee was too fucked up to take the Daley fight, but it was good enough to do a triathlon before it?
Dmonicideals- April 11, 2011 at 10:55 am
I really look forward to someone with fast feet spinning his jaw around the back of his head with a kick as soon as he drops his hands to talk shit.
Buff Frank Mir- April 11, 2011 at 10:45 am
I read on Junkie that aCSAC official told Diaz in the cage he might face disciplinary actions for yelling at the crowd and for talking crap to Daley. I was there and he put the camera on Daley and said some stuff after.
Get Off Me- April 11, 2011 at 10:34 am
@BigBalluh
They are amateurs, why so upset all of a sudden?

Exactly my point from above, fans watching at home have a better idea of what is going on than the reporters who "cover"(steal good floor space) at the shows.
Diaz could be eluding to the post fight antics as well, but did the journalist offer any clarification, look for an answer? No.
It's only natural that if Ariel doesn't get it, nobody does right? It is impossible to be an impartial journalist and try to look into what Diaz said and see if there can be some sense made of it.
Ariel reassuring Diaz that nothing happend for him to get suspended is not quality journalism, CP calling it stupid is not very impressive, but I don't expect much anyway.
Once again the real experts are often found in the comments section.
BigBalluh- April 11, 2011 at 10:19 am
he doesnt remember what happened out there cus he got DROPPED. Jesus christ Cagepotato, I saw an ESPN MMA analyst misinterpret it, but to be calling him stupid when you aren't even able to comprehend what the fuck he's trying to say as an MMA WEBSITE??? when its pretty blatant hes talking about fight after fight, his leg got fucked up in the cyborg fight so he got a medical suspension, and thrown into a fight a few months later. This shit doesnt happen in the UFC, and Nick is right about being the most overtrained overworked fighter. Try badmouthing when you can actually acquire the skills to understand what hes trying to say. And he just got dropped twice before the interview so of course its gunna be a little difficult to interpret, but fuck guys I was able to do it and now you guys look like amateurs. fuck
BigBalluh- April 11, 2011 at 10:11 am
its funny how an MMA anlyst calls Diaz stupid when hes obviously talking about a medical suspension for being dropped twice you dumb assholes
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