As I sit here with a pipe full of things both Nick Diaz and Nate Diaz would approve of in order to deal with crippling anxiety, I often think of the reason they both seem so pissed off all the time. Since the advent of mixed martial arts (MMA) – hell, since the advent of two people beating each other’s piss for sport, money or fabulous prizes – he has lived and died of great personalities.
For Nick and Nate, cage fights have always been about getting paid and being themselves. That’s why they’ve told the entire industry a couple of times over the past decade that they are saying goodbye to themselves. That’s why Nate openly smokes joints during open workouts and weigh-ins and it’s probably why Nick looked like he was doing his latest shadowboxing video (check it out here).
CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLE HEADER! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the T-Mobile Arena with two exciting world championship fights. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 29 trainers collide at the featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski, defends his title against No. 2 rank contender, Brian Ortega. The women’s flyweight champion will be present at the UFC 266 co-main event Valentina Shevchenko is aiming for her sixth title defense in a row when she meets the third-placed contender, Lauren Murphy. Last but not least, and certainly not last Nick Diaz returns against the former welterweight ruler, Robbie Lawler, in a five-round bang.
If you look at either of the two Diaz brothers, you can see what could (and should) have been. However, since UFC fighters earn less than 20 percent of the gross income of the action each year – and Dana White and Co. play games for a living and have the opportunity to make better money with their names and not risk getting hurt – Nick and Nate put the idea of stepping into a cage on their pay-no-minds list.
So why do I dedicate so much of this piece to the third fight from the top on a pay-per-view (PPV) card that happens to have two title fights?
First of all, Lauren Murphy has the same chance of beating Valentina Shevchenko as I do of winning the New York Marathon in the middle of a winter storm. And for Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega … it’s going to be a fun fight. And in the end it will be Volkanovski Keep proving the reason he is a next level athlete and shouldn’t be overslept as a featherweight champion
Why am I writing about it? First, search engine optimization (SEO)! Just kidding … partially. Second, and more frankly, because I want the Diaz Bros to do what Conor McGregor and Jon Jones will never do – undermine the system!
Jones and McGregor are two guys who thrived from the system and have used it to either a Magnate with Mr. Burns-esque tendencies (You can’t look me in the eyes and say this man is not going to steal candy from a baby or buy a machine that will block out the sun) and the other is the most emotionally reticent man in our lives who treats us like shitbut we can’t go because when he shows up it makes us feel a certain kind of way.
Tonight (Sat., September 25, 2021) when Brendan and I name the fights together with Shak and Steph, I hope that Nick Diaz wins the victory and then goes away again.
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