Nick Diaz: The Teacher


You may think you have the ability to break down another human’s essence in 140 characters, or in a comment section, but the fact of the matter is that the only thing you truly know is nothing. Nick Diaz the showman, Nick Diaz the fighter, is not Nick Diaz the teacher. The King of the 209 is able to turn heads with the things he does in the cage or on the mic, but the most important and interesting legacy he leaves is with his students on the mat.

LayzieTheSavage was able to take us behind the curtain to deliver a fantastic look at Nick Diaz during his WAR Grappling Seminar earlier this year. Watch as he visits Wanderlei Silva’s gym in Las Vegas along with Syndicate MMA in a video expertly chopped and cut by Daniel Goland.

Mike Kogan talks Nate Diaz, Dana White and the UFC

Following an ugly public back-and-forth with UFC president Dana White about his client Nate Diaz, manager Mike Kogan was a guest on Submission Radio and talked about his client who’s holding out for more money.

“I reached out to the UFC before the Donald Cerrone/(Jim) Miller fight even happened and said ‘hey, how about we fight the winner? Nate beat both of them, they’ve both since fought 4 times and won, you know’, and they said ‘oh you know, let’s see how the guys are after the fight, maybe they’re banged up, maybe there not’. Next thing you know, they announce the fight with Khabib. Then Khabib blows his knee like 15 minutes later and now they’re saying he’s gonna be fighting Eddie Alvarez who’s not even signed with the UFC yet. And we asked for that fight when Michael Johnson got injured. We hit up the UFC and said ‘hey we’ll fight Thompson’. That was like 10 day notice, you know. We said maybe ask them if they’ll do like a little higher weight, like a catch-weight, you know like 160 or something, so it’s short notice. And they said ‘no, we have it figured out. Don’t worry about it’.

When asked if Nate Diaz getting closer to coming back to the UFC and if talks are continuing, Kogan continued.

“No, right now nobody’s talking to anybody. I mean, Dana made it very clear that Nate should be happy with what he has and he doesn’t see any reason to even discuss it, he’s not really as popular as I guess we believe he is, and that was that, we just kind of stopped there. So right now no, nobody’s talking to anybody.”

When asked about his Twitter comments on ratings drawn from Nate’s fights which Dana didn’t receive well

“I think the numbers I put up are the numbers that have been announced. I mean I didn’t say anything different than what’s already been said.”

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Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz set for Jan. 31 in Las Vegas at UFC 183

A five-round matchup between Anderson Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC) and Nick Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) will take place Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.

UFC President Dana White today revealed the bout will enjoy a headlining role for what is expected to serve as UFC 183. A specific venue for the card has yet to be announced

“The fight that the fans have been waiting for, the fight that the fans have been screaming for … we have made Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz, Jan. 31 in Las Vegas,” White said today on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” “It will be the main event, and it will be five rounds.”

White informed MMAjunkie the contest will take place at 185 pounds.

Silva fights for the first time since this past December’s UFC 168, where “The Spider” suffered a horrific leg break that looked as if it could potentially end his incredible career. Instead, the 39-year-old has been steadfastly focused on a return to the cage, and White said doctors recently cleared him to return to action.

“Anderson Silva feels great,” White said. “It will be a 13-month layoff. … He’s 100 percent healthy. He’s kicking. He feels great, and he’s chomping at the bit to get back in the octagon. He’s very excited for this fight.”

Before a pair of bizarre 2013 losses to Chris Weidman, Silva reigned over the UFC middleweight division for nearly seven years and was widely considered the greatest pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.

Meanwhile, Diaz fights for the first time since March 2013. The fiery fan-favorite has been on hiatus since that time, enjoying a semi-retirement while considering his future options. The veteran brawler recently signed a new contract with the UFC, and White said a victory at UFC 183 could potentially see him involved in a future title shot.

“If (Diaz) comes in and beats Anderson Silva, absolutely, he could fight for the title,” White said. “He’s right in there. It would be a huge, huge win for him.”


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