Nick Diaz: Is He Good for the Sport? | Fighters.com

Nick Diaz: Is He Good for the Sport?

Recommend to your friends!
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Perennial top welterweight contender, all-around badass and unabashed malcontent Nick Diaz will step into the cage tonight to face champ Georges St.-Pierre at UFC 158, and with those top-level boxing and jiu-jitsu skills he possesses comes the prospect that if he wins (or loses for that matter), the Stockton bad boy could easily fail every drug test and ditch every media obligation going forward. Which begs the question: Is Nick Diaz good for the sport?

Here’s what the Rebellion crew had to saw on the matter.

 

Dana Becker, FightLine and MMAConvert:

The “reporter” in me says yes, Nick Diaz is great for the sport because he brings interesting takes on a number of subjects – when he shows up for press events. His insight is so out-of-this world that you really don’t know what to expect. Unlike Chael Sonnen, Diaz just goes from one end of the spectrum to another. However, there is this other side of me that feels like there is no place for someone who doesn’t want to play by the same rules as everybody else. The marijuana use, the missing of planned events – MMA and, more important, the UFC, do not need that kind of attention.

 

Chris Leslie, MMAFrenzy:

Nick Diaz is a mixed bag in regards to his influence on MMA. He is a big boost to the media, as the mere mention of his name usually attracts a firestorm from his fans and detractors alike. That said, when it comes to battling stereotypes, he is terrible for the sport. Diaz will always be a mixed bag for the sport of MMA, but with the right handling he is a very valuable asset to have when promoting a fight. Once his value diminishes however, his antics make him an easy cut.

 

Miguel Barragan, Fighters.com and FightLine:

Nick Diaz is absolutely not good for the sport. Nick, along with his brother Nate show fans, both hardcore and general fans what’s wrong with MMA. The UFC is doing what they can to milk every drop they can out of the Nick in terms of his attractiveness and overall popularity. But if the UFC and the entire sport of MMA expects to continue evolving, to the point where certain UFC higher-ups are in court attempting to bring MMA to New York, the last thing the sport needs is a f-bomb dropping, irresponsible, marijuana smoking, pessimistic and often unintelligible antagonist. Mind you, this is coming from a Nick Diaz fan. But a Diaz fan who is not only looking out for the future of my chosen sport but also looking at the big picture. I want MMA to flourish even further than it has to this point and if at the current time that means pitting an undeserving Nick Diaz against the UFC welterweight champion Georges St Pierre, so be it. But realistically, how good would it appear to the general fan if Diaz emerges victorious Saturday night and have him represent the best of the welterweight division? I am a fan of what Nick does in the octagon and what he represents in terms of keeping the sport clean of performance enhancing drugs (PED’s), but in today’s world, marijuana smoking is still taboo and having Diaz represent the UFC to the capacity of being their welterweight champion would be the biggest target any anit-MMA lobbyist could aim for. If they’re looking for a scapegoat, the UFC is making it easier for them by pitting Diaz as the potential face of the UFC’s welterweight division. Am I a fan of Diaz’s? You bet I am. Is he good for the sport? The bottom line is absolutely not

 

John Petit, Fighters.com:

This is one of those situations where I have to separate myself from being a fan of the sport and an analyst of the sport. ”˜Fan me’ loves everything about Nick Diaz. His aggression, his technique, his skill, his animosity, and the dichotomy of him being so talented and so hated at the same time makes him one of the most enjoyable fighters for me to watch. ”˜Analyst me’ sees a guy who has a good shot at defrocking one of the best fighters in the game on Saturday night in Montreal, but according to Diaz he is just hoping he passes the post fight drug screen. The attitude of Nick Diaz can be overlooked, but if he wants to be treated like a professional he needs to act like one. That includes caring enough about a championship fight to stop using cannabis in time to guarantee he would pass a test. If things go south for Diaz, we may have a champion who may be stripped of the title as soon as he gets the belt and get suspended for a year, and no that isn’t good for the sport.

 

Sam Genovese, MMAConvert:

I know these arguments are necessary but I generally don’t enjoy arguing about if someone is “good” or “bad” for the sport. Nick Diaz is a hothead and can be annoying at times. But he’s no different than plenty of other athletes in other sports who are troublemakers. The only way I would ever consider someone bad for MMA is if someone were to commit some heinous act on a national stage. As it is, the mainstream media doesn’t care if Diaz challenges St. Pierre to a fight in a hotel. The mainstream media doesn’t care when he pops positive for steroids. However, if he were to go into the stands and punch a fan, much like Ron Artest did a few years ago, THEN he would be bad for the sport. That kind of event would be covered ad nauseum by ESPN and Sportscenter. I don’t think Diaz will ever do anything like that, so in my mind, he isn’t bad for the sport.

 

Mike Stets, FightLine:

Nick Diaz is an enigma that the media constantly tries to figure out. He has become a media magnet, attracting reporters who feverishly await any line that could make for a huge story.  Analyzing his paradox statements, and trying to figure out what he is really trying to say has consumed all who cover him. There is no schtick, an Andy Kaufman he is not. He fires away any thought without a filter.  Throw in the fact that he has been one of the best in his division his entire career and it just fits perfectly.    He is a  true rebel who fulfills his role as an antagonist more than he fulfills his media obligations, in a sport that started out as rebellious; and he always comes to fight–that is great for the sport.

 

Ben Bieker, CagedInsider:

Personally, I could care less about Nick Diaz and his antics. Whether it is authentic or not remains to be seen, but there are two positives that he helps bring to the fight cards he is on. First, a lot of people want to watch GSP fight him since they will bring a different side to the long time champion, and I hope he brings the pre-Serra GSP back out. The fighter who finished fights on the feet or on the ground. Also, the attention this card receives brings the spot light on fighters like Jake Ellenberger, Carlos Condit, and Johny Hendricks who generally do not talk trash, but deserve to have as many fans necessary watch their fights since they are usually amazing.

 

Jake Berezansky, MMAConvert:

Yes, he acts like a child, and he hides he behind the banner of a “professional athlete”. I’m not doubting his ability to compete. I do doubt the fact that he’s really that motivated though. He whines and cries way too much to garner any real respect. Like the time he “retired” following his loss to Condit… Boo hoo dude, you lost. Finish your fights, and it won’t be an issue in the future. Also, missing all these events that’s he’s legally contracted to attend is as asinine as it is unacceptable. I’d love to see him fired.

Brendhan Conlan, Five Ounces of Pain and Fighters.com

Diaz is tough as nails, a polished pugilist, and entertaining to watch for a number of reasons. We’re not talking about a man who is out partying until sunrise, gets in trouble with the law, or injects steroids into his body. He misses media obligations, smokes medically prescribed marijuana, and speaks his mind without fear of how others will react. Though he’s not a true-to-form professional, the controversial Californian’s brand of bizarre behavior creates buzz and brings in new viewers; he’s an anti-hero who also happens to be a helluva fighter. As such, he is “good” for Mixed Martial Arts.


Recommend to your friends!
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Fighters App

Fighters Mobile Apps

Stay on top of the hottest stories and exclusive interviews from the world of MMA with the Fighters.com mobile apps.

Get Apps Now!
74-322 220-602 1Y0-308 510-888 251-223 070-631 HP0-S30 70-551-VB CMS7 ST0-119 LOT-404 ICDL-IT 000-448 RH202 C2020-105 MB6-507 GB0-500 250-222 9L0-064 LOT-917 74-133 1Z1-026 000-004 C2180-274 070-403 1Z1-851 70-503-VB 70-497 000-780 70-668J COG-635 70-595 E22-201 920-232 ST0-074 C2090-914 050-683 C2020-625 CX-310-105 1Z0-146 070-443 TMPF 000-817 C2180-376 000-M601 E20-580 VCP-411 HP0-Y37 A4040-332 70-293BIG5 000-240 000-911 920-164 220-302 000-164 A00-250 70-564 1Z0-311 642-825 700-101 1Z1-451 000-M04 3X0-202 810-420 000-M83 1Y0-309 HP0-680 ITIL-F-CHS 74-322 P6040-014 HP0-M45 642-642 312-50v8 1Z1-211 C2180-276 HP0-Y49 HP0-J11 HP0-M28 TB0-116 000-035 TB0-105 642-583 E20-610 920-431 SCNS_EN 000-M22 HP0-Y21 HP0-265 000-898 270-411 70-515 050-654-(570A) HP0-J10 070-332 PC0-001 ECSS 70-234 000-719 00M-620 000-191 ES0-007 HP0-921 E20-590 1D0-51B 642-691 HP0-S17 HC-621-CHS 4A0-110 9L0-007 650-173 000-132 0B0-105 EC0-349 1Z1-007 000-635 117-304 1Z1-457 HP2-E48 000-807 000-046 000-M61 1Z0-481 1Z0-531 C2040-922 HP2-Z13 070-516-CSHARP 650-621 M70-101 642-746 000-051 74-338 70-529 HP0-S12 70-640 E20-040 70-511-Csharp 070-642Big5 HP0-634 C_TADM51_731 0B0-109 BCP-223 CUR-011 COG-321 CX-310-065 HP2-B68 000-156 070-648 MB7-225 225-020 070-331 LX0-102 1Z1-045 70-504 000-033 050-694 000-833 646-976 HP0-D09 00M-222 A4040-121 COG-385 050-854-(570A) 000-647 1Z0-041 CCD-333 1D0-442 70-689 1Y0-962 LX0-101 070-321 000-196 000-590 1T6-540 650-568 HP2-K10 251-250 1Z1-053 1Z1-559 MB4-534 70-579 P6040-015 M2010-668 070-540 250-503 IIA-CIA-Part2 HP2-N40 MB5-857 070-639 70-547-Csharp ST0-155 HP0-S11 642-565 E20-850 A2180-400 C_HANATEC131 070-270 MB6-527 HC-224 0B0-103 C2020-700 74-404 FM0-301 HP2-B105 310-036 HP2-B88 HP0-M34 3M0-300 156-915.1 000-135 SCNP_EN HD0-100 EX0-111 1Z1-206 9A0-802 1Y0-258 1Y0-A15 EE0-515 JK0-802 4H0-002 PW0-204 SY0-201 CTFL_UK 920-255 C2020-013 EE0-426 QQ0-100 000-M43 000-216 1Z1-860 LOT-753 A2040-922 312-49 1Z1-271 M2140-649 3M0-700 UM0-200 COG-320 NS0-120 70-536-Csharp-CN HH0-450 LOT-911 HA-022X HC-721-CHS 50-649 648-375 000-M34 C2040-403 A2010-503 HP3-C11 920-258 VCP310-UP-VCP410 C2010-579 000-034 000-901 HP0-Y40 650-316 A2090-610 C2150-195 C2140-053 1Z0-807 VCP5-DCV 000-271 HP0-512 98-361 HP2-N32 MB6-869 CX-310-231 1Z0-593 000-M13 MB2-631 650-027 ST0-148 000-274 MB7-839 000-048 9L0-518 1Z1-852 000-351 DC0-200 646-057 HC-821-ENU 000-236 E20-885 920-530 SU0-221 CAT-060 EC0-479 HP0-J60 C2170-008 212-055 920-191 000-303 HH0-220 MB6-508 920-121 000-122 000-501 922-097 MB2-423 ST0-057 Windows 7 key windows 8 key sale Office 2013 product key Office 2010 product key sale Windows Server 2012 Rosetta Stone key Office Visio key sale Visual Studio product key Office 2011 for MAC key BitDefender product key sale Eset Nod32 key sale Windows 7 ץȥ` Windows 8 ץȥ` Windows 8.1 ץȥ` Windows 8 pro ץȥ` Windows 8.1 pro ץȥ` Windows 7 Professional ץȥ` Windows 7 Ultimate ץȥ` Windows 7 Home Premium ץȥ` Windows 7 Home Premium `ɰ Windows 8 Pro `ɰ Windows 8.1 Pro `ɰ