When people discuss Nick Diaz’s actions outside of the ring the focus tends to be on his occasionally bizarre behavior rather than the roots of it. Though Diaz is an extremely private person, the 28-year old recently opened up to shed a little light on his formative years in California during the UFC 137 Countdown special and made it a little easier to understand where his anti-social behavior comes from.
“My parents moved around a lot when I was a kid. I just ended up getting taken out of schools and, you know, I didn’t like going into a new classroom,” Diaz revealed. “It was rough. I was hanging out with the wrong crowds and stuff because they were pretty much the only ones who were going to accept me when I was that age. I was just not doing well in high school.”
On certain occasions when he was sent home for fighting Diaz would spend time with his grandfather, a track coach, who made him run and ultimately helped inspire Diaz’s hobby of competing in triathlons. However, it was his introduction to Jiu-Jitsu that changed the former Strikeforce champion’s life forever.
“I found Jiu-Jitsu when I was 15…sophomore year in high school. As soon as I found some real direction I went really far with it and I could tell where it was coming from right away,” Diaz said of the martial art. “My idea was I was just gonna train harder than (the) top guys because I knew I could do that. It wasn’t long before they started putting me in fights.”
Ten years later Diaz is still trucking, his next fight coming this weekend at UFC 137 in a headliner against popular Hawaiian BJ Penn.
You can watch the entire segment from UFC 137 surrounding Diaz and Penn below:
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