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How Nate Diaz got started

Ben Fowlkes heads to Stockton to find out:

At first, Nate admitted, he wasn’t terribly interested in jiu-jitsu. He also wasn’t very good. What kept him coming back was that, after practice, the older guys in the class would usually buy him and his brother a burrito from the food truck that pulled up near the gym each night.

“That was actually the main reason I wanted to go train,” he said. “I didn’t have any money. At home we didn’t have s–t. I was starving all day. So if I went to train I’d get something to eat. Sometimes I’d be sitting at home and it was like, well, if I go train with Nick I’ll get something to eat afterwards. If I don’t I’ll just sit here and be hungry. …I was going for burritos and dinner, and hey, I wanted dinner every day. Before I knew it I was a blue belt.”

(Image via Esther Lin’s UFC on FOX 3 Open Workout gallery)


    A Mexican who likes burritos? GTFO… Stereotypes exist for a reason. At least he wasn’t giving handies behind the Chevron. Guess it would take some Mongolian BBQ to make a man sink that low.

  • glassjawsh

    one of the best mma articles I’ve read in a long time. no clue how anyone could had the Diaz brothers after hearing their story 

  • Reverend Clint

    still hate them

  • JoeRoganIsAnnoying


  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I’m so irked I was off work on wednesday – Church St Boxing is 3 doors down from my office.  Feh.

    War Diaz.

  • Jarman

    hmmmm….BJJ is free, but they charge a motherfucker for a burrito? not what I expected of stockton.

  • smelly indian balls

    so you have to put numbers in the anti spam answer box? why can’t i spell it with wooords! WTF!