Nick Diaz is an American mixed martial artist. He has been a part of multiple martial arts promotions like UFC, Pride, EliteXC, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) etc after his career began back in 2001.
He has a net worth of $3 million. A career which spans for almost 20 years now, following article talks about the Nick Diaz Net Worth, Biography, Family, Martial Arts & Personal Life and professional career of this charismatic mixed martial artist.
Biography and Background
Nickolas Robert Diaz is this fighter’s full name.
He goes by the nickname “Diablo”. Fans all around the world knows and calls him by this nickname.
He is an American martial artist. He was born in Stockton, California, United States.
His birthday is on August 2, 1983 and he is currently 36 years old.
Nick is a mixed martial artist by profession and has won multiple fights throughout his career.
His Zodiac sign is Leo.
He born and grew up in Stockton, California. He started training in karate and aikido from a very young age. When he was a teen, he used to take part in wrestling tournaments.
When he was 16, he started training Sambo coached by Bulgarian national Sambo Champion Valeri Igantov. Around the same time, he started training mixed martial artist and joined Cesar Gracie’s team.
He was promoted to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2007 by Cesar.
Family and History
Not much information is known about who is Nick’s dad as he wasn’t much around when Nick was young.
Nick Diaz’s mothers name is Mellissa Diaz. Nick was born to her in 1983. She took care and raised Nick and her other two children’s mostly by herself.
He has two siblings. Both of them are younger than him. His younger brothers name is Nate Diaz and his younger sisters name is Nina Diaz. Nate himself is a mixed martial artist and quite famous too.
Nick Diaz had a girlfriend named Stephanie. When he first put his step into the fighting world Stephanie one day jumped in front of incoming traffic and took her life.
Diaz used to go to her grave every day after she died and tell her that he would become a wrestler like she always wanted him to be. He loved her with all his heart and soul.
After that incident with his girlfriend Nick didn’t get involved with girls that much and is unmarried.
He has no children.
Nick Diaz and His brother Nate both were into fighting from a really young age. When he was just 18 Nick started his professional career. He won his first fight which was against Mike Wick.
And just in his second fight he become world champion, defeating Chris Lytle for the IFC Welterweight Championship in 2002.
He then beat Jeremy Jackson, who he already beat one year ago for IFC Warriors Challenge 18. His performance caught the eye of UFC and they signed him.
Nick made his UFC debut in UFC 44. And he never had to look back from there.
Fighting Style and Preference
Nick is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and trains under Cesar Garcia since the beginning of his career. He is accomplished in both gi and no-gi Jiu-Jitsu.
He is famous for having a modified BJJ style that suits MMA. He said his favorite submission is Kimura. He is also a professional boxer, making his boxing debut in 2005.
He shows an unusual boxing style in MMA by doing more volume punches and adding additional hard punches.
He is also known for talking trash with his opponents and having long endurance during fights to put pressure over his opponents.
After making his debut in UFC 44 he returned to UFC 47. Although his opponent Robbie Lawler was expected to win this match but Diaz beat him. His first lose at UFC came at the hand of Karo Parisyan at UFC 49.
He made some controversy too when he said he respect the fighting ability of fellow fighter Diego Sanchez but don’t think he belongs there. He won UFC 51 and UFC 53 but lost next three matches in a row and left after his lose at UFC 59.
He returned surprisingly in UFC 62 to replace the ill Thiago Alves. He won UFC 65 against GleisonTibau but still decided to leave UFC and joined Gracie Fighting Championship.
He was scheduled to fight Thomas Denny but the fight didn’t take place for low ticket sell.
Diaz then signed a two-year deal with Pride Fighting Championship. His first match was against lightweight champion TakanoriGomi which he won.
But soon after his win he was tested positive for taking Marijuana and was suspended for 6 months, cutting 20% of his win against Gomi as fine and resulting that match as a “No contest”.
He made his debut in EliteXC in September 2007. He and his brother were involved in a back and forth fight against KjNoons. He left the company in late 2008 when it ceased operation.
He was then part of martial arts promotions “Dreams” and “Strikeforce” before vacating his Strikeforce World Championship for making his second return in UFC in 2011. His match was againstB.J Penn which he won.
He was Marijuana positive again and returned to fight in 2013 after a one-year suspension.
On September 14, 2015 Diaz was suspended for 5 years and fined $165,000 following his failed drug test of marijuana metabolites at UFC 183.
The suspension and fine was later reduced to 18 months and $100,000. The suspension lifted on August 1, 2016. He hasn’t fight since 2015.
Nick Diaz Net Worth
Nick Diaz is one of the most famous mixed martial artists of modern era. He has a net worth of $3 million.
He is so famous all around the world that he was getting $2 million per pay per view sales and got $5 million in a single match during his match against Anderson Silva.
All of this helped to increase his net worth.
Mixed Martial Arts Records
His mixed martial arts record is 37 matches, 26 wins, 9 loses, 2 no contest.
Social Media Presence
Nick Diaz has Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. They are given below.
Some Lesser Known Facts About Nick Diaz
- In his fight against Diego Sanchez in 2005 Diaz threw a shoe at Sanchez in the locker room prior to their fight when things got a little hit out of hand. Sanchez later told this encouraged him to train even harder.
- He used to smoke in his job. In 2009 he was caught smoking while answering to reporters in a conference call.
- He, his brother and others were once celebrating when Jason Miller screamed out, “Where’s my rematch, buddy?” Nick Diaz threw a punch, causing a brawl.It was not a great first impression for the national TV network audience to get from a professional sports organization.
You May Also Interested to Know:
Image Source: Essentially Sports