Former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz is an emotional fighter. In training, in the media, and in the octagon; what you see is what you get. The ‘Diaz dichotomy’ is one of the reasons he is one of the most recondite anti-heros in the sport. It is easy to see that altogether Diaz is a good person, but it seems like everything else around him is like a box of hand grenades that won’t stop exploding. In the cage, Diaz is one of the most calm and collected guys in a fight, and that good person is nowhere to be found. Diaz said after the fight that he is trying to retire from the sport and that he has been doing this a long time, but is Stockton’s Son really going to hang up the four ounce gloves for good?
Diaz is a fighter in every sense of the word. While you may have been getting into cars, music, or the opposite sex; Diaz was putting on a gi and learning how to fight. For almost half of his life he has been training to learn how to render people unconscious, and snap limbs. This is what Diaz was born and bred to do, and assuming he passes his post fight drug test from his main event bout with Georges St-Pierre, he will get the same itch all fighters get when he is sparring with his teammates. Think of it as an homage to B.J. Penn.
Diaz made a comment at the post fight press conference, that he has ‘never paid taxes.’ The comment startled UFC President Dana White who later said “I would rather have f*cking ninjas after me than the IRS…I hope someone is taking care of him.” If what Diaz is saying is true, it may be possible that he can’t afford to quit fighting. There is no question that he made a substantial amount of money last night in his title fight, but who knows what Diaz may have collected over the years from random promoters and sponsors. With penalties that compound year after year, there is no telling what Diaz might owe. The number is probably more than what Diaz thinks it is.
Twenty minutes didn’t go by after leaving the octagon at the Bell Centre before Diaz was already saying he would take another fight. This fight is going to make Diaz even more popular, and there are at least a handful of fights that would be fun to see him take. A rematch between him and Carlos Condit, Demian Maia, or they could maybe even run a second fight between him and Robbie Lawler. Nick Diaz got a taste of what it was like to be a UFC champion at UFC 158: St-Pierre Vs Diaz, and if Diaz really believes he has what it takes to win a rematch, we will see Diaz winning and calling out St-Pierre sooner than we might think.