Nick Diaz still harbors a deep grudge against the world for the way his combat sports career has been handled over the years.
The popular fighter from Stockton, Calif., has fought only once in the last seven years and would be on a four-fight losing streak if his loss to Anderson Silva in 2015 hadn’t been overturned by a ” No Contest” after “The Spider” tested positive for steroids. His last victory was in 2011 when he beat BJ Penn by decision at UFC 137.
That didn’t stop him wondering where he’d be if the UFC hadn’t fucked him all these years.
This week (Sun. Jan. 29, 2023) marked the 12th anniversary of Nick Diaz’s dominant win over Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos in Strikeforce, a moment commemorated online through the UFC’s many social media accounts. This annoyed Diaz, who created an Instagram reel to express her displeasure.
“These mother-mothers are lucky,” he wrote of the victory footage. “I’ve been f—ed my whole career. Otherwise I’ve got the UFC belt now, maybe both.
Diaz had an impeccable record in Strikeforce where he went undefeated (6-0) and won the promotion’s welterweight championship, defending it three times. Things got pretty tough after the UFC purchased Strikeforce. After the first win over Penn, Diaz would lose to Carlos Condit in a UFC 170-pound interim title fight. Despite the loss, he would still get a chance against Georges St-Pierre in another title fight a year later. “GSP” would clear Nick 50-45 on all three judges’ scorecards.
A 2015 fight against Anderson Silva would end in another loss and another failed marijuana test. Nevada officials threw the book at Diaz, attempting to suspend it for five years. After a public outcry and a lawsuit, Diaz was cleared to fight in August 2016, but did not compete again for years. A 2019 Instagram post of an inebriated Diaz summed up his feelings at the time: “F— all of this, I don’t mean to hurt anyone. I just want to party.
A 2021 comeback fight against Robbie Lawler didn’t go so well for Nick, who was apparently suffering from ruptured discs in his neck at the time. Reports now indicate Diaz’s older brother looks healthier than ever in 2023, and the 39-year-old is hoping to land a fight against former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.
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