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Those douchebags deserved it

There’s been a decent amount of follow-up to the latest incident where Nick Diaz acted like Nick Diaz. Esther Lin revealed that the dudes Diaz flipped off and threw his mouthpeice at were being major shit disturbers the whole night, even throwing stuff at her and officials. ” target=”_blank”>Scott Coker says he knows who was sitting in that area and ‘maybe we won’t see them here anymore.’ BANHAMMER?

At that point, it’d be way too Elementary School Principal to say “Yes, Nick. What those boys did was Bad. But what you did was Bad Too!” Instead I’ll just reflect on this article Ben Fowlkes wrote BEFORE the event, and let Nick be Nick:

To refrain from starting a post-fight brawl in a situation that he thinks requires it – whether it be in front of a live audience on CBS or in front of terrified nurses in a hospital hallway – would be some kind of personal failure to him. It would be insincere, and of all the things Diaz might be, insincere definitely doesn’t seem to be one of them.

At times that makes him a headache – if not a minor heart attack – for his employers. And whether he realizes it or not, his behavior has probably cost him a small fortune in missed opportunities over the years. But that only makes his absolute devotion to his lifestyle and his refusal to accommodate others all the more bizarrely impressive.

Honestly, as much as many of us claim that we do whatever we want, or say whatever we feel, we usually don’t. If we did, and we found that it was costing us a lot of money that we might otherwise easily have, we’d probably knock it off in a hurry.

In that way, Diaz is living a more authentic life than we are. He is truer to himself, even if that means doing or saying things that range from confusing to downright criminal. He lives honestly, even if it’s with a total disregard for decorum or civility much of the time, and he seems content to accept the consequences when necessary.

In short, who’s stupid: the dog that won’t stop licking it’s junk or the guy who keeps on yelling at the dog to stop licking it’s junk?

  • Reem.Hadouken

    Diaz 4 life!

  • scissors61

    I find it rather hard to believe someone could throw things at numerous people, including cameramen and officials, and not get tossed out by security. Even if that is true, Fowlkes’ argument is specious. Diaz’s ethic is anything but impressive. If he wasn’t fighting professionally he’d just be another guy who gets out of county jail for bar-brawling and goes straight back in three days later for the exact same thing. I generally enjoy Fowlkes’ writing but that shit reads like Ayn Rand’s masturbatory libertarianism as channeled by a writer of Chuck Palahniuk fan fiction. But to thine own douchey self be true, I guess. 

  • thankinoki

    Grammar correction: Its junk*

  • Reem.Hadouken

    Fuck that. Fighters need to show more personality.

    Throwing his mouth guard isn’t a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

    mma fans are white bread pussies.

  • thingvolds

    “And whether he realizes it or not, his behavior has probably cost him a small fortune in missed opportunities over the years.”

    horseshit. stopped reading right there. mike tyson behavior causes missed opportunities. lee murray behavior causes missed opportunities. nick diaz behavior does not cause missed opportunities. on the contrary, it probably has created opportunities. he seems to have polorized the mma community. people either tune in to see him win or tune in to see him lose. either way when nick diaz fights, people tune in. and lately i got people i never knew would watch mma asking me about “this crazy nick diaz guy”. his great skill coupled with his weird fuck the world attitude has got everyone watching.

  • Remco Pardoel

    I agree with Fowlkes. I’ve been saying for a long time that whatever else Diaz is, he’s 100% genuine. This isn’t some phony, bullshit persona that he puts on for the camera like that clown Miller. What you see is who he is, and in this lame PC era, I find it refreshing that he is unwilling to compromise himself.

  • Subbevil

    No reason to doubt Esther. As I said in the other post, all the power to Diaz. That said, venue/promotion fail for not escorting assholes out.

  • subo

    Perhaps reem should talk shit to a soldier’s face before calling anyone a pussy

  • frickshun

    Thingvolds–>it works when you’re winning. If he loses a couple, people will want to sacrifice him to the volcano.

  • fightlinker

    thingvolds: it’s cost him a place in the UFC (he was demanding a raise after three straight losses, that’s why he was cut), it’s cost him several fights which were cancelled due to potsmoking, it cost him that win over Gomi which cost him a year’s suspension, it nearly cost him his job with strikeforce after the sho heads were like ‘fuck this guy’. He’s still on thin ice with Showtime because he constantly shirks his promotional responsibilities and is a pain in the ass to work with. Dana White recently said they’d love to have Diaz back but he’d have to learn to ‘play the game’, at least a little. Translation: “his behavior has probably cost him a small fortune in missed opportunities over the years”

    His winning is the only thing that insulates him a little from all the craziness he pulls. And I don’t doubt that when he can’t get away with it any more he’ll just pull a josh barnett and say “I don’t care, I’ll just not fight”

    Which would suck for everyone.


    Wish I could lick my own junk.

  • Reverend Clint

    who doesnt… i just let the homeless do it for me


  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Thing – This is the guy who just complained about not making UFC/Pro level money.

  • MadMan

    Ben Fowlkes’ article was spot-on…anyone who thinks otherwise is a deluded dumbass :)

  • G Funk

    Ryan, I think you’ve already learned that you don’t respond to douches.(thingvolds)