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Nick Diaz

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  • Given Name: Nicholas Robert Diaz
  • MMA Record: 26-9-0, 2 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
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  • Current Streak: 2 Losses
  • Age: 34 | Date of Birth: 1983.08.02
  • Last Fight: January 31, 2015 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Middleweight | Last Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu
  • Height: 6'0" (183cm) | Reach: 76.0" (193cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,665,950 USD
  • Born: Stockton, California, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Stockton, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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Nick Diaz MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
No Contest
5:00 Round 5 of 5, 25:00 Total

Br Anderson Silva
26-9-0 33-6-0

Us UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2015.01.31
Odds: +300 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $500,000 Base | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#21 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2015
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Ca Georges St. Pierre
26-8-0 23-2-0

Ca UFC 158: St. Pierre vs. Diaz
Main Event | Title Challenge | Welterweight | 170

2013.03.16
Odds: +425 (Heavy Underdog) | Weigh-In: 169.0 lbs (76.7 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Carlos Condit
26-7-0 27-5-0

Us UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit
Main Event | Interim Title | Welterweight | 170

2012.02.04
Odds: -205 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 Base | Weigh-In: 169.0 lbs (76.7 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#10 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
#25 Greatest Welterweight MMA Fight of All Time
Cancelled Bout Georges St. Pierre UFC 143 2012.02.04
Reason: St. Pierre Torn ACL
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us BJ Penn
25-7-0 16-7-2

Us UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.10.29
Odds: -115 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $275,000 ($200K Base, $75K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
#54 Greatest Fight of All Time
#9 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
#15 Greatest Welterweight MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 137 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Georges St. Pierre UFC 137 2011.10.29
Reason: Diaz Removed From Bout
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:57 Round 1 of 5

Gb Paul Daley
24-7-0 27-9-2

Us Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley
Main Event | Title Defense | Welterweight | 170

2011.04.09
Odds: -220 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $175,000 Base | Weigh-In: 169.8 lbs (77.0 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#24 Greatest Comeback of All Time
#62 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#29 Greatest Fight of All Time
#8 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
#3 Greatest Welterweight MMA Fight of All Time
#3 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
Win | Submission | Armlock
4:50 Round 2 of 5, 9:50 Total

Br Evangelista Santos
23-7-0 18-13-0

Us Strikeforce: San Jose
Main Event | Title Defense | Welterweight | 170

2011.01.29
Odds: -400 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $150,000 Base | Weigh-In: 169.5 lbs (76.9 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
#5 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
#14 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us KJ Noons
22-7-0 10-2-0

Us Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II
Main Event | Title Defense | Welterweight | 170

2010.10.09
Odds: -240 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Base | Weigh-In: 169.5 lbs (76.9 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
#13 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
Win | Submission | Armlock
3:54 Round 1 of 3

Jp Hayato Sakurai
21-7-0 35-10-2

Jp Dream 14
Main Event | Welterweight | 76 kg

2010.05.29
Odds: -550 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 167.2 lbs (75.8 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:38 Round 1 of 5

Lt Marius Zaromskis
20-7-0 13-3-0

Us Strikeforce: Miami
Main Event | Vacant Title | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.01.30
Odds: -263 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 Base | Weigh-In: 169.5 lbs (76.9 kgs) | Referee: Troy Waugh
#25 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
Win | Submission | Choke
1:41 Round 3 of 3, 11:41 Total

Us Scott Smith
19-7-0 16-5-0

Us Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields
Main Card | Catchweight | 180 lbs

2009.06.06
Odds: -325 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 179.0 lbs (81.2 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:57 Round 2 of 3, 8:57 Total

Us Frank Shamrock
18-7-0 23-9-2

Us Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz
Main Event | Catchweight | 180 lbs

2009.04.11
Odds: +173 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $39,950 ($29,950 Base, $10K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 180.0 lbs (81.6 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#21 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:30 Round 2 of 3, 5:30 Total

Us Thomas Denny
17-7-0 26-16-0

Us EliteXC: Unfinished Business
Main Card | Lightweight | 160 lbs

2008.07.26
Odds: -613 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $60,000 Base | Weigh-In: 159.5 lbs (72.3 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Cancelled Bout Hayato Sakurai Dream 5 2008.07.21
Reason: Diaz Contractual Conflict
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:59 Round 3 of 3, 13:59 Total

Us Muhsin Corbbrey
16-7-0 8-3-0

Us EliteXC: Return of the King
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2008.06.14
Odds: -571 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 169.0 lbs (76.7 kgs) | Referee: Chris West
Win | KO/TKO | Retired
6:45 Round 1 of 2

Jp Katsuya Inoue
15-7-0 16-5-3

Jp Dream 3: Lightweight GP 2008 Second Round
Main Card | Welterweight | 76 kg

2008.05.11
Weigh-In: 168.0 lbs (76.2 kgs) | Referee: Samio Kimura
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury
5:00 Round 1 of 5

Us KJ Noons
15-6-0 5-2-0

Us EliteXC: Renegade
Main Event | Vacant Title | Lightweight | 160 lbs

2007.11.10
Odds: -368 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 160.0 lbs (72.6 kgs) | Referee: Kerry Hatley
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Mike Aina
14-6-0 9-5-1

Us EliteXC: Uprising
Main Card | Lightweight | 160 lbs

2007.09.15
Odds: -825 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 160.5 lbs (72.8 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
No Contest | Submission | Overturn
1:46 Round 2 of 3, 6:46 Total

Jp Takanori Gomi
14-6-0 27-3-0

Us Pride 33: The Second Coming
Main Card | Lightweight | 160 lbs

2007.02.24
Odds: +280 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $15,000 Base | Weigh-In: 161.0 lbs (73.0 kgs) | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
#13 Greatest Fight of All Time
#23 Biggest Upset of All Time
#4 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
#28 Greatest Comeback of All Time
#6 Greatest Submission of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:27 Round 2 of 3, 7:27 Total

Br Gleison Tibau
13-6-0 15-2-0

Us UFC 65: Bad Intentions
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2006.11.18
Disclosed Pay: $24,000 ($12K Base, $12K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | Submission | Shoulder
1:42 Round 3 of 3, 11:42 Total

Us Josh Neer
12-6-0 17-4-1

Us UFC 62: Liddell vs Sobral
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2006.08.26
Odds: -200 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 ($10K Base, $10K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Ray Steinbeiss

Us California Regional

2006.05.13
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Sean Sherk
11-5-0 31-2-1

Us UFC 59: Reality Check
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2006.04.15
Odds: +150 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 Base | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Marco Lopez
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Joe Riggs
11-4-0 23-6-0

Us UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2006.02.04
Odds: -140 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Diego Sanchez
11-3-0 13-0-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2005.11.05
Disclosed Pay: $10,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#7 Greatest Welterweight MMA Fight of All Time
#66 Greatest Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:24 Round 1 of 3

Jp Koji Oishi
10-3-0 11-3-3

Us UFC 53: Heavy Hitters
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2005.06.04
Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:40 Round 1 of 3

Us Drew Fickett
9-3-0 24-2-0

Us UFC 51: Super Saturday
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2005.02.05
Odds: -230 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $11,000 ($6K Base, $5K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Am Karo Parisyan
9-2-0 11-3-0

Us UFC 49: Unfinished Business
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2004.08.21
Disclosed Pay: $6,000 Base | Weigh-In: 168.0 lbs (76.2 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#6 Greatest Welterweight MMA Fight of All Time
#74 Greatest Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:31 Round 2 of 3, 6:31 Total

Us Robbie Lawler
8-2-0 8-1-0

Us UFC 47: It's On!
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2004.04.02
Odds: +200 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $6,000 ($3K Base, $3K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 168.0 lbs (76.2 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#13 Greatest Welterweight MMA Fight of All Time
#44 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Win | Submission | Armlock
2:04 Round 3 of 3, 12:04 Total

Us Jeremy Jackson
7-2-0 6-3-0

Us UFC 44: Undisputed
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2003.09.26
Disclosed Pay: $4,000 ($2K Base, $2K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 169.5 lbs (76.9 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Jeremy Jackson

Us International Fighting Championship

2003.07.19
Win | Submission | Shoulder

Us Joe Hurley

Us WEC

2003.03.27
Loss | Decision | Split

Jp Kuniyoshi Hironaka

Jp Shooto

2002.12.14
Win | KO/TKO | Retired

Us Harris Sarmiento

Us Hawaii Regional

2002.10.24
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Blaine Tyler

Us California Regional

2002.09.28
Win | Submission | Armlock

Us Adam Lynn

Us California Regional

2002.09.28
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Jeremy Jackson

Us California Regional

2002.09.28
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Chris Lytle

Us International Fighting Championship

2002.07.12
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Mike Wick

Us International Fighting Championship

2001.08.31

Nick Diaz Wiki Update Wiki


One of MMA’s most unique personalities and a constant lightning rod for criticism, Stockton, California’s Nick Diaz first made his name fighting on the local California circuit, defeating UFC veteran Chris Lytle to win the IFC Welterweight Title in 2002. Diaz entered the UFC in 2003 with an armbar victory over Jeremy Jackson, and quickly established himself as one of the standout talents of the welterweight division, combining an expert-level Jiu-Jitsu game with crisp, stinging boxing.


Diaz also emerged as one of the organization’s most incendiary fighters, displaying brash, trash-talking bravado and nasty in-cage antics in his battles with elite MMA fighters like Robbie Lawler, Karo Parisyan, and Diego Sanchez. Many of his stories are now legendary, including the tale of his UFC 57 fight with Joe Riggs, which resumed in the emergency room of the local hospital following the event while the two fighters wore medical gowns and intravenous drips. Diaz and Riggs both confirm the account.


After leaving the UFC in 2006, Diaz fought in various promotions, most famously defeating Japanese star Takanori Gomi -- at that time considered by many the world’s best lighweight -- via a sensational gogoplata following a wild, barn-burning affair. However, the result was overturned and declared a No Contest after Diaz tested positive for extremely high blood THC levels, suggesting that he was high during the course of the fight.


Since that time, Diaz has gone on to compete for the California-based Strikeforce promotion, defeating the likes of Frank Shamrock, Scott Smith, and Marius Zaromskis, all of them by TKO, to win the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Championship.


A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Cesar Gracie, Diaz has one of the most polished grappling games in the welterweight division, having defeated Josh Neer by kimura in addition to his famed gogoplata of Gomi. But it is his awkward and punishing boxing style — aided in recent years by an increase in his overall size and strength — that has vaulted Diaz into the top tier at 170lbs. The bottom line is that after all of the bravado, Diaz comes to fight. He is a regular triathlete outside the cage who brings extremely high endurance levels to his fights, and pushes a pace with a high-energy striking game that always inflicts more damage than it would appear on camera.


Nick signed back with the UFC in 2011 and was set to face the welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 137. However Diaz no showed the press conferences for the fight and Dana White made the decision to pull him from the fight and let Carlos Condit fight for the belt. Condit was supposed to fight BJ Penn on that same card so instead they matched Diaz up with Penn. Diaz would go on to beat Penn via Unanimous Decision and in another twist to the story GSP was injured and could no longer fight Condit. Now the UFC set up Diaz to fight Condit for the Interim UFC Welterweight Title. Diaz lost a Unanimous Decision in a close fight, Diaz clearly upset with the judge's decision said he was all done and would be retiring from MMA. Diaz then tested positive for marijuana metabolites and was thus banned for 1 year from competition. Diaz has since spoken out saying he does want to return to the octagon even calling out Anderson Silva in the process.


Diaz would make his return at UFC 158 when he would finally get inside the octagon to face Georges St. Pierre for the title. Diaz would lose a Unanimous Decision as GSP's wrestling would prove to be too much for him to contend with.


In July of 2013, in an interview with Dana White it was revealed that Nick Diaz had in fact retired from mixed martial arts competition. There was briefly a rumored fight between Nick and Michael Bisping, however that failed to materialize. Following Matt Brown's back injury that forced him to withdraw from his bout with Carlos Condit at UFC on Fox 9, Diaz was offered the rematch with Condit. To no avail to bring him out of retirement, it was turned down. 


Attending UFC 170, Nick Diaz had told the media that he would return to MMA competition for an immediate title shot. On July 28th, 2014 it was revealed that Nick had a new undisclosed contract with the UFC. 


Due to high demands from the fans, a super bout with former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was agreed upon and was set for January 31st, 2015 at UFC 183 on Super Bowl weekend. Leading up to the fight Diaz refrained from his normal trash talking and the two fighters seemed to have complete respect for each other. However once the bell rang Diaz would start his normal trash talking right off. He even went so far as to lay down on the mat against one of the greatest fighters. Silva would eventually win a decision after five rounds. Following the fight it was revealed that Diaz had failed his post fight drug test for marijuana metabolites.


On March 15th 2015, Aleksey Mishin (Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling gold medalist 2004) posted on reddit that he was looking for a BJJ black belt to train him. After only one day,  Nick Diaz, a Cesar Gracie black belt, accepted.



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