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Nick Diaz returning to fight Robbie Lawler, Nate could meet Conor McGregor next and it means you can expect a verbal assault from the brothers before, during and after any clashes

Nick Diaz returning to fight Robbie Lawler, Nate could meet Conor McGregor next and it means you can expect a verbal assault from the brothers before, during and after any clashes
Nick Diaz is back and the MMA world has waited far too long to see the Stockton-native back in the Octagon. The 38-year-old will fight Robbie Lawler this weekend at UFC 266 in a five-round, middleweight clash which promises physical and mental warfare. Getty Images - Getty Nick Diaz is making his return to the…

Nick Diaz is back and the MMA world has waited far too long to see the Stockton-native back in the Octagon. The 38-year-old will fight Robbie Lawler this weekend at UFC 266 in a five-round, middleweight clash which promises physical and mental warfare.

Nick Diaz is making his return to the octagon and it’s sure to be fiery

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Nick Diaz is making his return to the octagon and it’s sure to be fiery

It’s part of the charm of the Diaz brothers – the endless mind games and trash talking. Hailing from Stockton, California, he and brother Nate fought in the streets and have carried that mentality with them to the octagon. While some fighters accentuate their personality to try and sell pay-per-views, Nick and Nate are as authentic as they come and have never changed. This is why excitement levels about Nick’s return to the cage – in September against Robbie Lawler – are through the roof. There are many fighters with sore ears, Lawler included, as a result of sharing the octagon with them. Here, talkSPORT.com looks back at others whom they have engaged in verbal warfare.

Conor McGregor

McGregor and Nate have fought twice and despite the Irishman being the biggest pay-per-view draw in MMA history, Diaz didn’t think there was much substance to the buzz prior to their first fight, at UFC 196 in 2016. “Who do you train with? You’ve got that little goofy motherwith you,” he barked at McGregor before insulting his camp further. “I have real training partners. Top 10 fighters, top 10 boxers, top 10 jiu-jitsu guys, top 10 kickboxers. “You’re playing touch-butt with that dork in the park with the pony tail. And I’m the one who don’t got no training partners? I don’t think so. You’ve got it all figured out when you’re fighting midgets. You’ve got s.”

McGregor and Diaz’s styles and personalities meshed perfectly but their pre-fight trash talk was equally as entertaining

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McGregor and Diaz’s styles and personalities meshed perfectly but their pre-fight trash talk was equally as entertaining

When Diaz lost to Jorge Masvidal late in 2019 for the BMF belt – his last professional fight – McGregor seemed to change his tune and admitted the rough parts of Diaz are what he loves. “I’m looking for inspiration everywhere. Like I said, I took great motivation from watching Nate do this thing. Looking at Nate, there were many things that were inspirational about that whole performance from Nate but one of the most important things was that the very thing he said post-fight was ‘the Nick Diaz army’. “He gave a shout-out to his brother. I hope his brother is doing well, I hope Nick is doing well. He’s a soldier of the game – of the real fight game. He gave him respect straight off the bat. “That’s why the fans love Nate. That’s why I love and respect Nate.”

The Diaz brothers love a bit of showmanship in their fights and are not averse to celebrating wins BEFORE the fight is over, like when Nate flipped two fingers and flexed his biceps seconds before Kurt Pellegrino tapped in 2008

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The Diaz brothers love a bit of showmanship in their fights and are not averse to celebrating wins BEFORE the fight is over, like when Nate flipped two fingers and flexed his biceps seconds before Kurt Pellegrino tapped in 2008

Georges St-Pierre

Nick fought GSP for the welterweight title in 2013, but he ended up coming up short. However, it was a fight that was meant to happen sooner, but his lack of media activity and commitment to those obligations caused UFC to pull him out. For that, Diaz had an issue with his opponent. “The bottom line is Georges is being a little b,” he said at the time. “He didn’t step up and say anything when the UFC pulled me out of this fight. I understand sometimes you have to do what you’re told, but why wouldn’t you tell the media you still want to fight me? “If I was Georges, I would want to fight the best. I would have asked for the Anderson Silva fight. I would have asked to fight the Strikeforce champ.

Nick Diaz constantly talks to opponents and GSP was no different as he used his linguistic skills to batter him before and during their 2013 fight

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Nick Diaz constantly talks to opponents and GSP was no different as he used his linguistic skills to batter him before and during their 2013 fight

“But he sits there like a robot and doesn’t say anything at all, just like he’s not going to say anything about me calling him a bnow. “If I saw B.J. Penn walking down the street and called him a b, we would be fighting right there on the spot.”

Michael Johnson

And it’s not just Nick with a penchant for mental manipulation in the cage. Prior to his fights with McGregor, Nate had a heated rivalry with Johnson that resulted in a victory in December 2015. Johnson, though, freely admits Nate defeated him mentally and threw him off his game. “It was an incredible experience, first off. Nate’s an incredible fighter,” he told MMAjunkie at the post-event news conference.

Johnson readily admits Nate got inside his head

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Johnson readily admits Nate got inside his head

“We went in there and gave you guys exactly what everybody wanted, and that was a ‘Fight of the Night’ performance. But you really don’t know how you’re going to react until he starts doing it. He sucked me in, so congrats to him.”

Donald Cerrone

Another man Nate has beaten via unanimous decision is Cerrone – a true UFC legend – in 2011. Like Johnson, he admitted Nate’s antics inside the octagon totally threw him off his game and he didn’t know how to react to it. “The Diaz brothers have the most incredible following,” Cerrone explained to Joe Rogan. “Almost as incredible as the McGregor following. Like cults, it’s unbelievable.

The Diaz brothers have built up a huge following for their style and attitude

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The Diaz brothers have built up a huge following for their style and attitude

“I’m not making excuses, but he got in my head. Absolutely. And that shouldn’t happen anymore. It was a super lesson. “Take it back to the movies like Rex Kwon Do. You see in all the movies people say ‘don’t fight out of anger’ – they say that for a reason. “So when I fought out of anger.. I don’t know what the fI was doing. I sucked that night. “As much as he talked, I like [Nick and Nate]. Because there isn’t a front on them. What you see is what you get. “If I were to run into the Diaz brothers out in the street, we’re fing throwing down and there’s no question. “That’s just who they are. So it’s not like they put on this front and this persona that they’re big, bad and tough – that’s them, 24/7.”

Anderson Silva

This is probably the most famous bit of gamesmanship either of the brothers have ever pulled off and is one of the UFC’s most memorable moments. Keep in mind Anderson Silva is one of, if not the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in UFC’s history, Nick decided to mock and goad him during their 2015 fight. No one could believe their eyes when he first lay down and invited the Brazilian to mount him and then leaned against the cage and essentially giving him a free shot.

Nick Diaz’s taunting of the legendary Anderson Silva is still talked about

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Nick Diaz’s taunting of the legendary Anderson Silva is still talked about

The date is April 19th, 2018 🗓

Nick Diaz is no longer suspended and is free to fight in the UFC again.

This moment from his fight with Anderson Silva will never get old… pic.twitter.com/tudjWGrnQo

— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) April 19, 2018

Robbie Lawler

At UFC 47 in April 2004, Nick took on a ferocious challenge in Lawler. Knowing just how good Lawler was, Diaz decided to step things up in the trash-talking department that day and Joe Rogan saw it first hand sitting in the commentary booth. The tactics resulted in a second round KO victory for Nick. “I remember the first time I saw Nick stalk in a fight was with Robbie Lawler. And Robbie was dangerous, so Nick took his trash-talking to DEFCON 5. “He gets into the octagon and the first thing he does is ‘Stockton, motherf! Stockton!’ and then he’s walking around, ‘Stockton, motherf! Stockton!’ and then Robbie is like ‘what the fuck is he talking about? What does that even mean?

The brothers have no off switch when it comes to trash talk

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The brothers have no off switch when it comes to trash talk

“Then the whole time the fight is going he’s like ‘what, bitch? What you gonna do, bitch?’ And then he hit him and he’s like ‘Oh, bitch! I just stung you, bitch! “And Robbie didn’t talk back to him, but you could clearly see he didn’t anticipate that.”

Clay Guida

Like Lawler, Guida found out all about Nate’s incessant yelling during a fight, too. However, this time, Guida would actually walk away with a split decision victory. It seems Stockton is the Diaz brothers’ favourite thing to shout during a fight, but the area code will suffice, too. Guida recalled: “He was sort of on my back near the cage and he kept yelling: ‘209, b! 209, b!’ and I looked up and there was like, 3: 12 left on the clock. Later on I said to my coach: ‘Dude, this guy can’t even tell time. He kept yelling ‘209, b!’ “Then he told me 209 is Stockton, California’s area code and not the time left on the clock. I had to laugh.”

Nate could have finished Leon Edwards in his most recent fight, but wanted to goad him about the shot he landed on him that rocked his opponent

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Nate could have finished Leon Edwards in his most recent fight, but wanted to goad him about the shot he landed on him that rocked his opponent

Joe Riggs

This story has been saved for last because it features both of the Diaz brothers, but not inside the octagon or even in a street – but in a hospital. Basically, it’s the best fight you never saw. In 2006, Nick took a unanimous decision loss at the hands of Riggs and when both men were getting medical check-ups afterwards, all hell broke lose and the rematch appeared to happen quick than expected. “He started that s, dude,” Nick explained in 2007. “I was like, ‘Come over here then if you want some, b. You can’t see me you fp’. “So he started walking toward me and threw his hands up so he took an ass whooping. “I told him he was gonna get smacked if he came over. He kept saying ‘Get your brother! Get your brother!’ My brother was standing right there we could have jumped him but we’re not like that. “I ain’t no band I ain’t no punk and I don’t want to be a poor sport but I feel like I won that fight. I’m definitely better than that guy.” In a 2013 interview with Sports Illustrated, Riggs offered his side of the story. “He knocked half of my tooth out. I saw it flying out and all I could think about was my wedding rehearsal I had to go to. “Thank God it turned out only to be my molar. We were in close quarters, grabbing onto each other, almost like in a clinch. “My hands were broken, I couldn’t hit [him], so I was trying to knee him. I managed to get in some elbows. He had a gash on his hairline. His nose was bleeding. “I get back home and the first thing I hear is that Nick knocked me out in the hospital. I couldn’t even enjoy the win. He knocked me down. I’ll give him that, but I wasn’t looking his way and didn’t expect it. He’s fing crazy. Who would punch somebody at a hospital? I wouldn’t. “That guy’s nuts.”

Nick Diaz, right, and younger brother Nate are known for their no nonsense attitude and ability to destroy opponents mentally

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Nick Diaz, right, and younger brother Nate are known for their no nonsense attitude and ability to destroy opponents mentally

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