Being a bad boy, especially in the UFC, might not be a big deal because in combat sports, everyone wants to have a fearsome image. But not Nate Diaz, who doesn’t need to play a role. Just because he really is a gangster.
The MMA middleweight legend stepped off the stage a few days ago at the age of 37 and hinted that he is staying in the business, but as a promoter. Before he did, however, he left one of the most iconic legacies in combat sports, and his tumultuous career earned him millions of fans around the world.
Or as the head of the UFC Dana White summarized – “A journalist called me and asked me to send him all the scandalous clips from Nate’s career. I told him that there is no way to count the grains of sand on the shore”.
Diaz is part of a formidable tandem along with his brother Nick, both of whom have been named the most influential relatives in the world of mixed martial arts. Not only because of the fact that they reach the championship titles, but also because of their impressive biography.
They were born in Stockton, California, known for its criminal gangs. And from a young age, they receive school fees on the street.
“Shooting, drug dealing, car theft… This was everyday life in Stockton. But I say that not as a complaint, but as a point of pride. Because if I survived there, then there are no impossible things in the Octagon,” says Diaz.
Words that were proven in practice in 2016, when the Californian shocked the world of combat sports by inflicting first loss of the king Conor McGregor. At that – agreeing to a fight only 10 days before. When he accepted “on fire” to go up against the undefeated McGregor, many expected him to be destroyed.
Instead, the American won the bout by applying a chokehold technique.
This led to a cult curiosity. Before the fight, UFC commentator John Anik was so convinced of McGregor’s strength that he stated that going to get a “209” tattoo (the Stockton code) to the body if Diaz can win the fight. That very evening he fulfilled his bet.
Of course, it goes without saying that Nate and Nick are legends in Stockton, and graffiti with their likenesses can be found on almost every street. And the reasons are not only their combat successes.
Nate has scandalized dozens of times with his behavior, and undoubtedly one of the most iconic cases is when he tried to smoke an employee of the anti-doping agency USADA with marijuana. The inspector comes to the athlete’s home and demands a urine sample.
Diaz responds in the best way possible. He is streaming live on social media standing on the couch smoking weed.
Wonder if Nate Diaz is the first guy to ever try and get a USADA tester to smoke some weed pic.twitter.com/N0LUtzSiPN
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“There’s a guy over here who wants me to pee while I’m smoking. Well, he’ll wait because I don’t feel like peeing right now,” Diaz tells the shocked dope cop.
Of course, it should be clarified that before this incident, marijuana was removed from the list of prohibited substances.
The theme of urination also found expression in a new cut by Diaz. While he was feuding with Dana White, he went in front of the UFC office and also relieved himself. Of course – documenting it with a photo on social networks.
In addition to being outrageous, Nate’s posts are also hugely popular due to the fact that there are no boundaries for him. For example, a year and a half ago he did a joint workout with boxing king Tyson Furyand the iconic footage immediately became a sensation.
In 2019, Diaz also shone in a colorful way, after saving a fan from being kicked out on the street. The fan bet all his money on Nate winning against Jorge Masvidal, but his favorite lost. Therefore, after the end of the fight, the Californian pay the rent to the fan in question, at the same time – until the end of the year.
A separate chapter in the rich biography may also deserve two incidents with slaps. In 2016 in Las Vegas, Nate slapped none other than Khabib Nurmagomedov in the face.
“I did it because he’s not a good person. He was standing with his friends, tried to provoke me, took pictures of me and laughed. So I decided to show him who’s boss. I cursed him and even punched him in the face. He was scared to death. None of his crew did anything. And there were only two of us – me and Kron Gracie. Two against 15. And the whole Russian gang, who thought they were very cool, stood there and didn’t dare move. Everyone was scared,” Diaz said.
The second slap is for a vlogger who takes annoying behind-the-scenes videos. He hands the mic to Diaz with a peppery question, but instead of an answer, he gets a slap.
Diaz’s withdrawal leaves his trilogy with Conor McGregor somewhat unfinished. The two traded one win each, but fan expectations were for a close fight. However, Nate himself has made it clear that such a fight is unlikely.
“I don’t want to wait any longer. If Conor wanted a third match, he would get it right now. I’m done,” assured the bad boy of MMA.
But won’t a multi-million dollar contract get him back in the Octagon? Fans shiver in anticipation.
But whatever happens, Nate Diaz etched his name in golden (and bloody) letters in the treasury of combat sports, keeping forever behind him and the army of loyal fans. And this, given his lifestyle, will definitely benefit him…