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Nick Diaz sits down with ESPN MMA’s Brett Okamoto ahead of his rematch vs. Robbie Lawler at UFC 266 and discusses how Nick feels as his first fight in the UFC in over 6 years nears, as well as how witnessing his brother Nate’s most recent bout made an impact on him.

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MultiFirebrand
MultiFirebrand Πριν 3 ημέρες
I don't care if he looses every fight he ever fights from now, to me he will always be the GOAT
YieM 1331
YieM 1331 Πριν 5 ημέρες
Knowing what we know now he was not ready for a 5 round fight this one stung shouldn't have taken the fight
Travelin Jack
Travelin Jack Πριν 9 ημέρες
My favorite fighter period!!! Such a great interview!!! much LOVE Nick❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
KAOS
KAOS Πριν 11 ημέρες
That's true the sport, is not giving back to Nick very unfair,,
Angel Pico
Angel Pico Πριν 15 ημέρες
This is a really deep interview. No bs no fake persona. Just nate having a moment of truth. Gotta love the man
Steve M
Steve M Πριν 20 ημέρες
This man chose fighting and it earned him $6,000,000. He's an adult.
komal aulakh
komal aulakh Πριν 28 ημέρες
this is so sad
David Jashen
David Jashen Πριν μήνα
Idk why but Nick look like J. Cole without the dreads.
RH
RH Πριν μήνα
No way he wanted this fight
patrick bateman
patrick bateman Πριν μήνα
I think Brett handled the interview very well
Rachel Trippi
Rachel Trippi Πριν μήνα
Great interview. Nick is about as sharp as a sock full of soup. Sometimes it’s almost painful to listen to him or Nate talk, but they are two of the most entertaining fighters ever.
Card Gambitz
Card Gambitz Πριν μήνα
And even when i do win i get beat up worse.....
EL Cabron
EL Cabron Πριν μήνα
"I got a few fight in."
Prafful Bk
Prafful Bk Πριν μήνα
Nick...🙏🏻
MoneyBread
MoneyBread Πριν μήνα
Interviewer really got him to open up. Great interview
Don Mc
Don Mc Πριν μήνα
Nick spoke about teaching kids a few times during this interview. RESPECT 🙏
Lightningpaco
Lightningpaco Πριν μήνα
12:12 for me
irateinc
irateinc Πριν μήνα
A lot of inner conflict. This why I like nick so much…. similar inner conflict.
vic briling
vic briling Πριν μήνα
There's something endearing about honesty.
S 111
S 111 Πριν μήνα
Why cant reporters keep it simple with diaz brothers 😤
jdmercado718
jdmercado718 Πριν μήνα
Nick is a legend and warrior, he needs some help, structure, therapy and peace 🙏🏽💪🏽
Jwaller
Jwaller Πριν μήνα
I❤️nick
tim wollrabe
tim wollrabe Πριν 2 μήνες
I watched this several times..man it hits you right on the chin. Being the same age and everything, trying to be a tough mofo.. nick bro nothing but love man
Henry Onehunga CA
Henry Onehunga CA Πριν 2 μήνες
Nick do you bro if you lost your love for mma then just go chill and train and help people you’ll be involved with the sport and no doubt be paid well for your tutelage! You been through enough wars Nick your a legitimate Legend time to just chill and enjoy life bro.
Cope
Cope Πριν 2 μήνες
Everyone is keeps saying sad sad sad he’s sad Maybe he’s just grown as a man and is chill and doesn’t let things bother him…that’s my goal in life to get where I love my self but don’t make my job my life
Lodhi89
Lodhi89 Πριν 2 μήνες
I feel Nick 100%. I understand his feelings, maybe not as a UFC Fighter…but in general. I feel like I’m watching myself finally come out with how I feel about things because I never do. So I feel for him big time. I feel like he feels like his life has been a waste and he hasn’t had a purpose, etc. Praying for you big homie, much love
Scott Pierson
Scott Pierson Πριν 2 μήνες
Nick we are Neighbor’s. Come work honey bee’s. Sounds crazy but it helps a lot of things. Will help get mind yet.
dalejjxen
dalejjxen Πριν 2 μήνες
" Thanks Brett.."
bouytt guyt
bouytt guyt Πριν 2 μήνες
This is the realest UFC interview I have ever seen. War Diaz!
donjuan thepiper
donjuan thepiper Πριν 2 μήνες
NIck is the real life Cobra Kai Johnny Lawrence
TheBigbrent71
TheBigbrent71 Πριν 2 μήνες
Real person. That's why I'll always be a fan.
Chris Mineo
Chris Mineo Πριν 2 μήνες
I love this man, spiritualized
soiung toiue
soiung toiue Πριν 2 μήνες
things not for himself, but for the people he cares about.
bouytt guyt
bouytt guyt Πριν 2 μήνες
Can’t help but feel for the man .. And I wonder if he even would accept help of any kind even some genuine care from someone
Charles Charlemagne
Charles Charlemagne Πριν 2 μήνες
When Nick says this sport has taken so much from him and not given much back...he's talking about his brain health compared to the amount of money he's been paid.
Jon Catcheside
Jon Catcheside Πριν 2 μήνες
Yeah that's what I gathered from this interview, like when he said he didn't think he would feel like this at 38 😔
Robert Whittaker
Robert Whittaker Πριν 2 μήνες
They took everything from nick it’s sad
Robert Whittaker
Robert Whittaker Πριν 2 μήνες
They robbed him from competition as well
David Rother
David Rother Πριν 2 μήνες
Watching this in retrospect is enlightening. Nick's just an honest warrior. I wish he was done right when he was in his prime. He shouldn't have to fight for money no more. God bless him and his Brother.
Daniel Gonzalez
Daniel Gonzalez Πριν 2 μήνες
The actual way to bring the best of Diaz is to give him a superior opponent, that way he’ll have a motivator towards getting more in tune with fighting at a high level again, and improve and use his experience in fighting to his fullest extent. I’d like to see him box too.
soiung toiue
soiung toiue Πριν 2 μήνες
Tortured by his gift
Beginning of the end
Beginning of the end Πριν 2 μήνες
The secret news is.. Nick Diaz suffered from a heart-attack, 7 months ago after getting in shape and announcing his return. Nick wanted to fight next year when he was fully recovered and Cesar Gracie and people in the UFC forced him into training and cutting weight immediately after leaving the hospital which was probably a month or two ago. And there you have it folks. The warrior, Diaz fighting after a heart-attack and not saying a word about it.
dalejjxen
dalejjxen Πριν 2 μήνες
Source ..?
Jack Berdine
Jack Berdine Πριν 2 μήνες
Really sad to see the pain in his voice and his eyes. I genuinely hope he never fights again for his own sake. He seems unhinged.
J.L.
J.L. Πριν 2 μήνες
Kids: this is why you shouldn’t smoke weed everyday
bodoti qwiu
bodoti qwiu Πριν 2 μήνες
This was one of the more fascinating interviews I’ve seen.. Much respect for Nick for his blunt honesty
Raising Wolves
Raising Wolves Πριν 2 μήνες
UfC stripped his career during his prime than expects him to be grateful 6 years later when they put him back in the ring....I would feel some sorta resentment too.
Raising Wolves
Raising Wolves Πριν 2 μήνες
13:19 as a mother of 4 boys the love he has for his brother makes my heart smile.
Tim Tee
Tim Tee Πριν 2 μήνες
Nick isn’t depressed. He is a man who defined his life by fighting but no longer needs to fight. Not fighting wasn’t an option before, but is it now. But fighting is all he knows. He’s conflicted, not depressed.
chad Bergan
chad Bergan Πριν 2 μήνες
He rushed it but he's a legend
bodoti qwiu
bodoti qwiu Πριν 2 μήνες
I think he's heavily depressed.
mohammed Al-shawabkeh
mohammed Al-shawabkeh Πριν 2 μήνες
Nick lost the best years of his athletic prime and tons of paydays and mega fights because of his 5 year suspension.. shame on them
Lloyd Moyer
Lloyd Moyer Πριν 2 μήνες
I cant tell you how many times I have watched this interview. It's such a great interview. Missed you Nick!
Bro Beans
Bro Beans Πριν 2 μήνες
Can’t help but feel for the man .. And I wonder if he even would accept help of any kind even some genuine care from someone
Tone Deaf
Tone Deaf Πριν 2 μήνες
Not a smart guy. None of the Diaz's? Lmao
Miguel Sambrano
Miguel Sambrano Πριν 2 μήνες
After the lost he Nick really needs all the support and love from the ppl who really care for him cause he clearly is having a mental breakdown suffering from depression and loosing himself legend I hope you get your life together and be happy and content someday not so far
sempercharge
sempercharge Πριν 2 μήνες
I don’t know what Brett did to open the door to this man’s soul. That was one of the most honest interviews I’ve ever seen. Im now a bigger fan of Nick than before. I hope he finds happiness.
joe
joe Πριν 2 μήνες
Tortured by his gift
Michael
Michael Πριν 2 μήνες
Feel bad for these Diaz brothers. They both need to stop fighting. Take care of your health. They can barley make out sentences
JR Michel
JR Michel Πριν 2 μήνες
I wish he knew and felt how thousands of MMA fans feel about him. A lot of his answers and feelings make me sad...
Hott Wheels
Hott Wheels Πριν 2 μήνες
Love to watch you fight if you're not happy with it don't
K. English harry hounslow
K. English harry hounslow Πριν 2 μήνες
Big up Nick and Nate legends 💪. 🖕 the rest.
Hott Wheels
Hott Wheels Πριν 2 μήνες
Great fight nick thank you
João Vitor Rodrigues
João Vitor Rodrigues Πριν 2 μήνες
I loved the honesty in this interview
Luis Hernandez
Luis Hernandez Πριν 2 μήνες
Real is real . Respect for this dude!
Pd B
Pd B Πριν 2 μήνες
I think he's heavily depressed.
Louie P Grafton
Louie P Grafton Πριν 2 μήνες
I bet a minute into this interview, people changed who they were betting on, Basically Nick dosent want to fight he's either skint or his team is pushing him into after seeing all these older fighters making money now, ie in the Boxing matches vs youtubers,.... Either way this raised red flags to me & if I was betting it would b on Robbie lawler
Charles A
Charles A Πριν 2 μήνες
And no I'm not looking forward to your fight Nick I hope you stop so you can be happy.
Charles A
Charles A Πριν 2 μήνες
He has so much pain in his voice, he needs a good cry. Love you bro
JB stuff
JB stuff Πριν 2 μήνες
If you don't love Nick Diaz regardless of wins or losses, you've got issues.
Apollo Lee
Apollo Lee Πριν 2 μήνες
They rob the best years of his life for a joint
Apollo Lee
Apollo Lee Πριν 2 μήνες
I love the Diaz brothers boys have loved their Style guys eat some steak Beans & Greens just don't cut it you need some meat you are a warrior get rid of that brain fog
mllop aeet
mllop aeet Πριν 2 μήνες
school works out well for him. Diaz brothers ftw (for the win).
Daniel Waggoner
Daniel Waggoner Πριν 2 μήνες
Just awful questions from this shmuck
jsbFF08
jsbFF08 Πριν 2 μήνες
Diaz brothers are great fighters, but Nick looked sub-standard against Lawler.
jens karlsson
jens karlsson Πριν 2 μήνες
he did not even want to fight
daniel lazaro
daniel lazaro Πριν 2 μήνες
He went broke in those 6 years … and is coming back fir a check but he knows he Doesn’t have it in him anymore
mllop aeet
mllop aeet Πριν 2 μήνες
Snakes around him. Why doesn't Nick find an honorable management team to support him?
keith bush
keith bush Πριν 2 μήνες
Smoke to much
Scott Bishop
Scott Bishop Πριν 2 μήνες
He’s clearly delusional if he thinks he should be fighting Usman. Couldn’t make it thru 3 rounds with a washed up Lawler
FR BYND
FR BYND Πριν 2 μήνες
Man nick seems to have taken to many shots to the head. He cant answer the questions at all.
Imran Akhunzada
Imran Akhunzada Πριν 2 μήνες
I disagree with him not getting anything back from thr UFC. There isn't a single fighter whose more popular than Nick. Especially for someone that hasn't fought in about a decade! The man can earn a living off endorsements and commercials/appearances now because of the UFC. Use the fame you got to your advantage. He can literally start any business he wants, a restaurant a clothing store whatever it may be, people will support him.
bofooit gojo
bofooit gojo Πριν 2 μήνες
That sadness in his heart is heavy, I’m going to pray for you Nick.
Julien Parminou
Julien Parminou Πριν 2 μήνες
Best interview ever
300pzl
300pzl Πριν 2 μήνες
i feel bad for nick.
Swiss_RR Racer
Swiss_RR Racer Πριν 2 μήνες
crass how you can be wrong about a person. In all honesty, I never liked nate and nick, especially nate never came across as sympathetic to me andthey are very similar because of that I probably transferred that to nick. But after this interview I see Nick very differently, I'm really surprised. I'm a bit sorry to see him like that when you hear that he says that he still has a few fights ahead of him and hopes that he will survive this well then really shows a lot. straight honest guy, I would not have thought. I really hope that he finds his peace and goes through life happily. I don't want to see him fight anymore and that is really not meant badly but he shouldn't do that to himself if it can be avoided somehow, because receiving these blows is not worthwhile for money. and one thing is very clear, huge respect to robbie, because now i understand why robbie held back so much in the fight. robbie just didn't want to much hurt nick too badly, I'm 100% sure. In the fight I still thought why he doesn’t counter, why doesn’t he hit in certain moments when Nick was open, but now I understand it.If you look at the interviews from robbie is that clear in my eyes. But one thing still has to be said, that he thinks that after 6 years without a fight he wants to fight directly against usmann is really unrealistic. you can't be away for 6 years and then demand a title fight sorry but that is really not logical and above all not good. after so many years you should have given him a simple opponent, so to speak, a build-up fight. you could see in the first round that the nick was totally stiff and cramped and the kicks were better from a 5 year old child. in all respect, he has a bit of a loss of reality. not hate.
bofooit gojo
bofooit gojo Πριν 2 μήνες
legend and will always be one of the best. Love you.
luminoussun
luminoussun Πριν 2 μήνες
kind of insulting that 99% of the people will be watching for nick and 2 average fights get above him on the card. Nick is always the same before a fight. He hates everything about the business and does not want to get beat up. he knows this is a no win fight and would of prefered to go out on his shield against the best
thebuilder86
thebuilder86 Πριν 2 μήνες
It is sad to see him so depressed and frustrated. However, he didn't have to accept the fight with Lawler - he should know that he has been out for too long to get a title shot at Usman straight away. He should know that Nick vs Robbie sells big and holds a lot of nostalgia and appeal for the fans - that is why the UFC has matched them up. I know he was screwed over by the NSAC for weed and business partners etc but he really does come across as whining a lot here.
joseph zeidler
joseph zeidler Πριν 2 μήνες
I feel sorry for the dude in this interview
adkid
adkid Πριν 2 μήνες
Love and Respect Nick Diaz. Why wasn't Richard Perez training him, or in his corner? Nick claimed his management doesn't know what their doing. Jake Shields said Nick has Snakes around him. Why doesn't Nick find an honorable management team to support him?
Da 1
Da 1 Πριν 2 μήνες
I hope Nick is alright…looks like has a lot on his mind.
An Ceoltóir Seiceach
An Ceoltóir Seiceach Πριν 2 μήνες
Nick looks really depressed. I appreciate his honesty though. What a great guy.
Jeremy Sky
Jeremy Sky Πριν 2 μήνες
Poor guy , fight feels forced and it showed in his lose. I'm not a doctor but hes taking a lot of beatings and damage.
Aussie vibes
Aussie vibes Πριν 2 μήνες
Fighting is fighting and at the end of the day it means nothing, It doesn’t define you as a person. The way I hear you talk about your little brother!!! That is what defines you as a person nick! You are a champion of a person and brother and that’s something more valuable than any fight or belt could ever be. Your to tough on yourself about the things you can’t control. The things you are in control of like your love and friendship with your brother, you are more successful than most could ever dream of being. You are killing it nick! If you don’t like fighting maybe you could do a podcast and get some people with similar stories as you on the show and you guys can just vibe out and talk about these things together and at the same time your teaching the youth about the not so good things about life. That would possibly help you and thousands of others out more than you could ever imagine. Always a Diaz fan, it started because of your fighting but here we are years later and I couldn’t care less if you didn’t fight again. I just wanna hear a happy nick that’s doing what he wants to live his best life
Vinny Monahan
Vinny Monahan Πριν 2 μήνες
This is the exact interview I was lookin for outa Nick. Better than expected. Diaz > UFC
Chad Drumm
Chad Drumm Πριν 2 μήνες
Nick is sitting here thinking…… yeah, I do kinda miss the game, but I sure hate sitting here listening to media clowns pick my brain!
Andrew Roberts
Andrew Roberts Πριν 2 μήνες
The Diaz brothers documentary will be phenomenal
Richard Edward
Richard Edward Πριν 2 μήνες
Nick is brutally honest. It’s kind of a sad interview.His mindset isn’t there. I really don’t think he should be fighting anymore but he has to prove this to himself. Listening to him talk sounds like he has some brain damage. As an avid pot smoker and to stop for training after all these years it has taken a toll. Hope the best for him in the future.
chryses menefee
chryses menefee Πριν 2 μήνες
He is so humble in this interview. All week before the fight, he was so different than he was 6 yrs ago going into a fight. I have always loved the Diaz brothers. Nick has grown up in the last 6 yrs and is really doing a lot of self reflection. He's a good man and very honest. Gives me a tear in my eyes to hear him in this interview. He's so good. Nick you are a legend and will always be one of the best. Love you.
RON J
RON J Πριν 2 μήνες
Respect legend ! Until the UFC pays it fighters fairly, i will do my part to help bankrupt the greedy bastards.
PartyOnSparty 18
PartyOnSparty 18 Πριν 2 μήνες
This makes me want to give Nick a hug
alphawaves a
alphawaves a Πριν 2 μήνες
Watching this again, it becomes clear that watching Nate's fight really took a lot out of him. It might be the reason he was suddenly out of shape leading up to the fight.
rEsK 11
rEsK 11 Πριν 2 μήνες
He answered the question he’s ready to fight!!! Quit trying to pull some different answer out of him!!!
NusquamTamenVerum
NusquamTamenVerum Πριν 2 μήνες
I believe both of the Diaz brothers display serious signs of CTE
Eric Jackson
Eric Jackson Πριν 2 μήνες
That ridiculous ban for smoking some weed. Man Nick Diaz is the most genuine fighter/person I've ever heard. He needs to be compensated for that ban, he could have earned so much more money.
laskin riubn
laskin riubn Πριν 2 μήνες
“Helping people was a bad idea , I thought it was good but I shoulda been helping myself” MY GOD !! The realness in that
Ron Chapsky
Ron Chapsky Πριν 2 μήνες
He's really laboring......
Jack Lee
Jack Lee Πριν 2 μήνες
Great interview!
Jessica Martins
Jessica Martins Πριν 2 μήνες
My favourite interview I’ve probably ever watched. So real, so honest. I love the Diaz brothers. Such a great, down to earth guy. I feel bad about last night, and this is honestly kind of sad :( Much love and respect ♥️
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