Lets take an inside look into the corners of the UFC’s infamous Diaz Brothers fights. In part 2, go inside Nate Diaz’s corner for his fight with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and in Nick Diaz’s corner for his fights with Bj Penn and Carlos Condit.
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Nicholas Robert “Nick” Diaz (born August 2, 1983) is an American professional mixed martial artist who was last signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Since beginning his career in 2001, Diaz has competed in UFC, PRIDE, Strikeforce, EliteXC, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), DREAM, and Shooto. He is a former welterweight champion in Strikeforce and WEC, and is the older brother of Nate Diaz. Diaz, who is of Mexican and English descent, was born and raised in Stockton, California. Diaz attended Tokay High School in Lodi, California, for a year before dropping out. While a freshman, he was a member of the swim team. Diaz began training in karate and aikido from a young age and also participated in wrestling tournaments during his teenage years.
He started training in Sambo at the age of 16 under Bulgarian National Sambo Champion Valeri Ignatov. He was promoted to black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu by Cesar Gracie on May 8, 2007. Diaz currently teaches Brazilian jiu-jitsu with his brother Nathan in Lodi, California. Both Diaz brothers are advocates for cannabis. Diaz appears in the feature-length documentary Fight Life (2013), which chronicles the lives of mixed martial artists outside the cage; the film is directed by independent filmmaker James Z. Feng and won the Best Documentary Award at the United Film Festival.
Nathan Donald “Nate” Diaz (born April 16, 1985) is an American professional mixed martial artist competing in the lightweight division and he was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 5. Diaz is the younger brother of former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion and WEC Welterweight Champion, Nick Diaz. Prior to signing with the UFC, Diaz competed in World Extreme Cagefighting, Strikeforce, and Pancrase. As of April 7, 2018, Diaz is #8 in official UFC lightweight rankings.
He holds notable victories over the likes of Conor McGregor, Donald Cerrone, Gray Maynard, and Takanori Gomi. Diaz is also tied with Joe Lauzon for the most UFC bonus awards, with 15 in total. Nate Diaz, along with Conor McGregor, hold the record for the highest UFC Pay Per View buy with UFC 202. Diaz was born and raised in Stockton, California. He went to Tokay High School, and at the age of 11, he began training in martial arts with his brother Nick.
Diaz is a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 5, which exclusively featured lightweights, fighting on Jens Pulver’s team. In the preliminary round, Diaz defeated Rob Emerson by submission; in the quarterfinals he defeated fellow Team Pulver teammate Corey Hill via triangle choke submission in the first round. In the semifinals, Diaz defeated Team Penn member Gray Maynard by submission, advancing to the finals where he faced teammate Manvel Gamburyan. After losing the first round, Diaz won by submission after Gamburyan was forced to tap out in the second round due to the dislocation of his right shoulder as the result of attempting a takedown. With the victory, Diaz became the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 5.