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Itís Time to Stop Caring About The Diaz Brothers
Posted by Jack McGee on 06.04.2014

I have been a fan of MMA since the early days of the UFC. From there I found my way to PRIDE, and along with that move and my love of pro wrestling, I also loved the entertainment side of MMA. That's likely why, in later years I gravitated towards the Scrap Pack. Gilbert Melendez and Jake Shields were fine, I liked them as fighters but the real stars of that group in my mind were the Diaz Brothers. These guys wee brash, they didn't care about authority, they'd rather throw up the middle finger at you than shake your hands, and in their free time they held Sai fights in their living room. I mean, that's just fun shit. As they got older, they pretty much stayed the same and started to enjoy success, but with success came a price, and It wasn't a price that the brothers were prepared to pay, because they never grew upÖ

Now the one thing that I want to make clear is that I am not knocking the skills and or accomplishments of the Diaz Brothers. Nate is a former Ultimate Fighter winner and is 17-9 in MMA. Wins over gray Maynard, Jim Miller and Donald Cerrone are nothing to sneeze at. He's a good fighter, and while not as troublesome as he older brother, that is likely due to the fact that he is more of an innocent child at times than a true trouble maker. He talks his shit, he tries to make fights, but he has never bothered me as much as Nick. But again, he is 1-2 in his last three fights, and is in no position to demand a fight or more money for a fight.

Big brother Nick is 26-9-1nc in MMA, again, nothing to sneeze at. Some will debate the overall greatness of Nick. He beat a lot of guys, but his biggest victories came against Frank Shamrock and BJ Penn, both at the end of their days as big time threats in the world of MMA. But there was a three year period where Nick went 11-0, and that earned him a fight with Carlos Condit. He lost that fight, some think he won, and somehow he talked himself into a fight with Georges St. Pierre. This was a fight he had earned previously but pissed away due to being completely irresponsible. Georges St. Pierre humbled Nick Diaz, he retired, but keeps trying to convince the UFC to give him a title shot.

At the end of the day, the Diaz brothers are their own worst enemies. They are a pair of babies, crying for what they think that they deserve but not willing to get it by doing the business the right way. They are a pair of petulant children who want and want and want, and when they don't get it, they blame everyone else and never take responsibility. Nick misses weight, it's not his fault. Nick fails a drug test, it's not his fault. The Brothers can't figure out how to pay taxes like adults, not their fault. Both brothers refuse to show up for UFC cameras for a countdown special, not their fault. It's never their fault, they take no responsibility; but they are the ones getting screwed by the system. Don't get me wrong, if they were winning fights, popping ratings and buyrates and playing the game, this column would be supporting them getting a raise and big fights. unfortunately that is not the case.

The bottom line is this. Both Nick and Nate Diaz have UFC contracts. They can cry for title shots all they want, they can try and match make all they want, but if I am the UFC I let them rot. I would offer then fights and give them a chance to make a living, but the fights would be against low level talent and on fight pass shows. They will start at the bottom, and if they win, if they play ball, if they pass drug tests, make weight and do their media; then you can move them back up the ladder again. They sure as hell would not get a title shot, they would not get set for a top contender's bout and they sure as hell would not get a fight with a guy like Matt Brown. Matt Brown played the game, Matt Brown fought the fights he was booked for, and he won them. I agree with Robert Winfree, give Matt Brown a title shot. Give Matt Brown a chance to shine, a chance to make the big money. He's getting a chance to earn that, and he deserves the fight with Lawler, because he's a professional.

But what about the Diaz Brothers? What if they refuse those fights like they have already? Then let them rot. Do not release them, do not give them a chance to go elsewhere and do not help other promotions that could benefit from them. Let them rot until their contracts are up. Let them rot in Stockton, let them learn their lesson; because like it or not they signed a contract. It's not our fault that they cannot act like professionals and live up to their end of the bargainÖ

Jack McGee is an aspiring investigative journalist with interests covering TV, Movies, Wrestling, MMA and Sports. When not hunting the Incredible Hulk, Jack works on his surfing, his Johnny Utah like throwing motion and origami.


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