The Real Nate Diaz

Tomorrow night is the third installment of UFC on Fox 3, headlined by Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller with a potential Lightweight title shot up for grabs.

Ben Fowlkes (whom I consider the best pure writer covering MMA by a mile) has written a great profile piece on Nate Diaz that explores the relationship with his more controversial and less genial brother and what led him into fighting:

But Nate will tell you now that it wasn’t until high school that he really learned to fight. Even then it was more Nick’s doing than his. Nick was the motivated one, the focused one. Nate was just the kid who wanted to tag along with his big brother. At first, Nate admitted, he wasn’t terribly interested in jiu-jitsu. He also wasn’t very good. What kept him coming back was that, after practice, the older guys in the class would usually buy he and his brother a burrito from the food truck that pulled up near the gym each night.

“That was actually the main reason I wanted to go train,” he said. “I didn’t have any money. At home we didn’t have s–t. I was starving all day. So if I went to train I’d get something to eat.

Read the full piece: A Tale of Two Diaz Brothers (

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