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Nick Diaz, for
better and for worse, pursued mixed martial arts his way.
Gracie-trained Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt arrived on the
scene in 2001, captured championships in multiple promotions and
pieced together a stellar resume across 37 professional
appearances. A heroic figure in anti-establishment circles, Diaz
failed multiple drug tests for marijuana use—one of which cost him
a signature gogoplata submission victory over Takanori
Gomi under the
Pride Fighting Championships banner. The Stockton, California,
native has not fought since he lost a unanimous decision to
Silva at UFC 183 on Jan. 31, 2015, though the result was later
changed to a no contest when Silva was flagged for PEDs.
As the MMA world awaits Diaz’s next move, here are some of the
numbers that have come to define him:
18: Age at which Diaz made his professional MMA
debut on Aug. 31, 2001. He submitted Mike Wick with
a triangle choke 3:43 into the first round of their encounter at
International Fighting Championship Warriors Challenge 15.
11: Promotions in which Diaz has competed. They
are the IFC, Ultimate Athlete, Warriors Quest, Shooto,
World Extreme Cagefighting, the
Ultimate Fighting Championship, the International Cage Fighting
Organization, Pride, EliteXC,
5: Welterweight champions in WEC history, of which
Diaz was one. The other four were Shonie
Parisyan, Mike Pyle and
Condit. Diaz won the title on March 27, 2003, when he submitted
Hurley with a first-round kimura at WEC 6.
3: Welterweight champions in Strikeforce history,
of which Diaz was one. The other two were Nate
Marquardt and Tarec
Saffiedine. Diaz laid claim to the 170-pound crown at
Strikeforce “Miami” on Jan. 30, 2010, when he put away Marius
Zaromskis with punches 4:35 into the first round.
8: Submission victories on his resume. Diaz has
posted four wins by armbar, two by kimura, one by triangle choke
and one by rear-naked choke.
13: Wins by knockout or technical knockout,
accounting for 50 percent of Diaz’s career total.
84: Seconds needed to knock out Oishi at UFC 53 on
June 4, 2005. It remains the fastest stoppage victory of Diaz’s
178: Significant strikes landed—a career-high for
Diaz—in a unanimous decision over B.J. Penn in the
UFC 137 main event on Oct. 29, 2011.
240: Combined victories between the nine fighters
who have defeated him. Joe Riggs leads
the way with 49, followed by Sean Sherk
Sanchez (30), Condit (30), Georges St.
Pierre (26), Parisyan (24), Kuniyoshi
Hironaka (23), K.J. Noons (13)
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