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Midnight Mania! Why Is Nick Diaz Still Being Tested by USADA in 2019?

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Nick Diaz is still in the USADA testing pool in 2019.

That’s kind of strange, given that Diaz the Elder spends a lot of his time around pools these days, but has historically had little use for testing pools. He hasn’t fought since 2015, a no-contest with Anderson Silva, and seemingly has little interest in fighting anyone these days, at least not unless he gets paid by the truckload. Nonetheless, he is still maintaining his eligibility.

USADA has tested Hannah Cifers and Francis Ngannou six times already this year. Adesanya has been tested five times, Jon Jones four, Khabib three times, McGregor two, Cormier and Lesnar once each.


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Firstly, this wasn’t a hammerfist, it was a punch that grazed the back of Cain’s head. Secondly, how do you start out a post ‘for everyone who says I make excuses’ and proceed to make an excuse??

Sage Northcutt is a cat guy

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My massage therapist for the day

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Nice lace

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He should have listened.

Big boy went down

Tatiana Suarez, who should be the top contender at strawweight with a win over Nina Ansaroff, talks about her battle with cancer

This is impressive

I actually think this lady could catch someone off guard with this

Michael Chandler is always trying some incredibly challenging workout

Michael Bisping, hero

What did this guy do that everyone in the neighborhood jumped him after the cop didn’t?

Not that sparring video, the other one

Benson Henderson, eat your heart out.

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Looks easy enough, why can’t you do that

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Combat sports this weekend


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

What a two-piece

High-level Muay Thai looks so different

Speaking of high-level…

Violent ground and pound

The old ‘forearm in the throat’ technique

Waking up, and everything is different

This is the kind of grappling I don’t understand but it looks potentially painful

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Nice lace

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Low kicks for the win

This hurts my ribs to watch

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Midnight Mania! Nate Diaz Roasts Khabib, Gets Roasted By Askren

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Ben Askren and Dillon Danis have been roasting each other online, but “Funky” has no shortage of words for anyone, including Nate Diaz.

Diaz posted a picture of Khabib in the sauna with his boys. The picture is funny because, like many things in mixed martial arts (MMA), it has homoerotic overtones, but Khabib is very traditional and religious, and on good terms with Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov, who is famously and violently homophobic. (The part that isn’t funny at all is that Kadyrov allegedly conducted a ‘gay purge’ in Chechnya). Nevertheless, Diaz and Khabib have had bad blood between them for a long time, even getting into a brawl back in 2015.

Askren couldn’t resist a counter-dig at Diaz and his crew in the “209.”

Jake Shields, Nate Diaz’ long-time teammate, was quick to point out that this kind of thing would get Askren slapped in Stockton … and Ben was quick to counter that it would get you stabbed in Dagestan, but Diaz still posted it.

This fun exchange of awkward insinuation, predicated on homophobia, has been brought to you by MMA in 2019.


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What is Dana White so happy about?

A focused Dustin Poirier training for Max Holloway …

Rafael dos Anjos is thinking of cutting from nearly 200 pounds down to Lightweight?

Paulo Costa’s manager denies Yoel Romero’s claim that he tested positive for PEDs.

Askren’s #BoomRoasted line is very corny, but some of his lines are accurate. Dillon Danis isn’t a difficult target.

Then again, he had a couple good lines of his own:

A Novel, by John Danaher: sometimes just knowing is half the battle.

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The legend of Alabama Joe – part 1: Would it be possible to become a better fighter just by knowing the theory of what you ought to do in a fight without ever actually practicing? That’s a question I have always found interesting. I got an answer years ago while working as a bouncer during my early years in NYC. Working around the city in was often teamed with interesting characters with many different approaches, theories and styles of combat. Some of them (especially wrestlers, BJJ and Judo players and boxers) were very effective – others not so much. At one time I was briefly paired with a fellow who we called “Alabama Joe” He was man of average build, not in particularly good shape whose main joys were drinking, smoking cigarettes and fighting. We worked a door together for just four nights in the lower east side mid 1990’s but I never forgot the experience for a good reason. As we worked, Joe talked incessantly about his prowess in brawling and how he would whip any man who was foolish enough to step up to the plate with him. I was rather skeptical as I’ve always believed fighting prowess to be mostly determined by ones training regimen and Joe’s training regimen appeared to be based around nothing more than Bourbon and Marlboro’s. He proudly told me he had never trained a day in his life but that he was a huge fan of the early UFC’s which he would watch incessantly. I was intrigued by this as I had begun training with Renzo Gracie And was similarly fascinated. He told me that when he fought he just did what he saw Royce do – run forwards and tackle people, climb up to mount, hit them and wait for them to turn and then strangle them. Later that night we threw some fellows out of the bar after a dispute and outside one of them was unimpressed by the appearance of Alabama Joe and demanded a fight. This fellow was a powerful looking man and I had to do some work to get him outside with a body lock and some light wrestling – I was not at all confident that Joe would be able to handle him. They immediately went to fisticuffs and true to his word, Joe tackled him, got mounted and punched him enough to make him turn and strangled him out!

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John Wayne Parr has had nearly 100 fights, so he is always posting highlights I’ve never seen before of him in some war or other.


Slips, Rips, and Sumo Clips

Phenomenal fight. The guy who lost has a mean overhand.

Nasty choke!

I love seeing obscure techniques being pulled off, such as this Aikido-esque wrist drag!

Short, but sweet …

It’s not the size of the sumo wrestler in the sumo ring, but the size of the sumo in the sumo wrestler … or something like that.

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Midnight Mania! Rogan Knows Why We Love Nate Diaz

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Neither of the Diaz brothers have fought in years. Nate Diaz last stepped into the Octagon in a rematch with Conor McGregor at UFC 202. The younger Diaz earned millions of dollars over the course of two fights with the Irisman for the first time in his career, and promptly absconded from the sport for a variety of reasons, including the unwillingness of the UFC to meet his pay demands, Conor McGregor’s absence that kept Diaz from fighting the one draw big enough to give him that payday, and a variety of legal troubles that kept him on the sidelines. He nearly returned in 2018 opposite Dustin Poirier, but Poirier had to withdraw from a fight for the first time in his career, and the disgruntled Diaz withdrew again. Nick Diaz was supposed to fight Jorge Masvidal, but the bout fell through amidst increasingly erratic behavior from the elder Diaz.

Yet, despite the fact that we haven’t seen either brother inside the Octagon for well over two years, their popularity endures. Joe Rogan had some ideas on the lasting appeal of the famous duo, and believes the UFC underestimates their fanbase. Via BJPenn.com:

“Cause he doesn’t give a f**k,” Rogan said. “He legitimately doesn’t give a f**k. He smokes weed all the time. People love it. They love the fact that those guys are like that.

He went on to remind us that McGregor opposite Diaz at UFC 202 did bigger numbers than McGregor fighting Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title a few months later, establishing that Diaz has an appeal all his own, apart from Conor McGregor.

One of the reasons why Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor was so big is because people love Nate Diaz too,” Rogan explained. “It’s not just Conor McGregor. No disrespect to Eddie Alvarez, but when Conor McGregor fought Eddie Alvarez, the vast majority of the eyes were on Conor McGregor. When Conor McGregor fights Nate Diaz, you’re looking at a lot of people who love Nate Diaz.

I think those guys are superstars, I think the UFC doesn’t know.”

Will 2019 feature the return of Nate Diaz? The potential for a trilogy closer with McGregor lingers, but is their rivalry wearing out its shelf life? Rogan is right that the UFC seems unwilling or unable to promote Nate Diaz as an independent draw, perhaps because of exactly the ‘don’t give a f***’ attitude that makes him so appealing as a character to fans.


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Demetrious Johnson got some of the more random fan art I’ve ever seen

Anthony Smith says he will be a champion or die trying

Israel Adesanya doing wrestling practice

I’ve never seen this- what an amazing moment. Takanori Gomi gave us some incredible MMA moments

Funny if true

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@_asaig_ did you do this ?

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Elbow battle!

Watch the referee

Great fight

This is why a 165-lb. division is the only one that makes sense to add.

Amazing moment.

Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade is likely the co-main event for UFC 237; the most sense would be to have Amanda Nunes defend against Cyborg, Ketlen Vieira, or the winner of Holm-Ladd

This fight was truly insane.


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Random Land

Who among us doesn’t like fluffballs?

High drama in Antarctica

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Midnight Mania! Nick Diaz’ Bizarre Insta Rant: ‘Facts, B*tch!’

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If you follow Nick Diaz on Instagram, you know he posts in his stories a lot. Most of it is just him staring at the camera smoking hookah or a joint, chilling, or partying with girls and his friends.

Today, Nick went on an Instagram rant. My girlfriend heard this and said that she strongly feels no one, including himself, knows what Nick was talking about. I agree, which is why I won’t try to transcribe this. I’ll just let you watch it and decide for yourself.

Is Nick talking about Jorge Masvidal? Is he talking to Colby Covington, who went after him recently? Perhaps he’s referencing UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. Who knows. Its just another in a long episode of Nick Diaz being his unique, inscrutable self.


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Max Holloway and Aquaman

This is very funny, but also a fairly widespread practice for practicing how to fight while rocked

I haven’t listened to this and I don’t know that I want to.

Cory Sandhagen vs. John Lineker is a promise of cartoonish, consensual violence

John Lineker uses airsoft to prepare him for fighting. I’m using the same strategy for my GRE.

Speaking of awesome fights, I was just telling Andy Richardson that Thiago Santos vs. Jan Blachowicz would be kind of insane, and look what fight they booked

Sage Northcutt wants your input

TJ Dillashaw’s smirk in this poster…

This is a common strategy

The inimitable Tony Ferguson

What an outtake

I do hate spiders


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Those kicks do not look fun to take

What a sequence

Always a fan of good bodywork

Bam

UFC veteran Chase Sherman won a kickboxing bout


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Trump posted a mockup of his plan for a wall today and the internet had fun with it

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Colby Covington on Scrapped Nick Diaz Fight: He’s Washed Up, He’s Done

A welterweight bout between former interim welterweight champion Colby Covington and Nick Diaz was rumored to be in the works for the main event at UFC 230 last month before the promotion decided to go with the heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis.
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Nick Diaz to Face Jorge Masvidal at UFC 235 in All-Hood Battle

Nick Diaz is so street that he sometimes poops asphalt. Jorge Masvidal is so street, his middle name is “Main”.

Okay, these were awful jokes, but they’re a clear indication of my excitement over the match-up between Diaz and Masvidal at UFC 235. Bros, the older, poorer Diaz sibling is finally coming back!

Neither dude is prone to slacking or hugging in the cage. In fact, these dudes are so keen on throwing down “street” style that referee Herb Dean has confiscated about a dozen switchblades from them prior to their fights. This bout will be insane!

Here’s ESPN with the scoop:

UFC welterweight Nick Diaz will return to competition on March 2 in Las Vegas, according to UFC president Dana White.

Diaz (26-9) has agreed to face Jorge Masvidal (32-13) in a welterweight contest at UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Additional sources told ESPN contracts for the bout are not yet signed, but it is close to being finalized.

A former Strikeforce champion, Diaz has not fought since he suffered a decision loss to Anderson Silva in January 2015. The result of that bout was later changed to a no-contest, after both Silva and Diaz failed their respective drug tests.

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Nick Diaz to Face Jorge Masvidal at UFC 235 in All-Hood Battle

Nick Diaz is so street that he sometimes poops asphalt. Jorge Masvidal is so street, his middle name is “Main”.

Okay, these were awful jokes, but they’re a clear indication of my excitement over the match-up between Diaz and Masvidal at UFC 235. Bros, the older, poorer Diaz sibling is finally coming back!

Neither dude is prone to slacking or hugging in the cage. In fact, these dudes are so keen on throwing down “street” style that referee Herb Dean has confiscated about a dozen switchblades from them prior to their fights. This bout will be insane!

Here’s ESPN with the scoop:

UFC welterweight Nick Diaz will return to competition on March 2 in Las Vegas, according to UFC president Dana White.

Diaz (26-9) has agreed to face Jorge Masvidal (32-13) in a welterweight contest at UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Additional sources told ESPN contracts for the bout are not yet signed, but it is close to being finalized.

A former Strikeforce champion, Diaz has not fought since he suffered a decision loss to Anderson Silva in January 2015. The result of that bout was later changed to a no-contest, after both Silva and Diaz failed their respective drug tests.

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Nick Diaz to Face Jorge Masvidal at UFC 235 in All-Hood Battle

Nick Diaz is so street that he sometimes poops asphalt. Jorge Masvidal is so street, his middle name is “Main”.

Okay, these were awful jokes, but they’re a clear indication of my excitement over the match-up between Diaz and Masvidal at UFC 235. Bros, the older, poorer Diaz sibling is finally coming back!

Neither dude is prone to slacking or hugging in the cage. In fact, these dudes are so keen on throwing down “street” style that referee Herb Dean has confiscated about a dozen switchblades from them prior to their fights. This bout will be insane!

Here’s ESPN with the scoop:

UFC welterweight Nick Diaz will return to competition on March 2 in Las Vegas, according to UFC president Dana White.

Diaz (26-9) has agreed to face Jorge Masvidal (32-13) in a welterweight contest at UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Additional sources told ESPN contracts for the bout are not yet signed, but it is close to being finalized.

A former Strikeforce champion, Diaz has not fought since he suffered a decision loss to Anderson Silva in January 2015. The result of that bout was later changed to a no-contest, after both Silva and Diaz failed their respective drug tests.

The post Nick Diaz to Face Jorge Masvidal at UFC 235 in All-Hood Battle appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Nick Diaz to Face Jorge Masvidal at UFC 235 in All-Hood Battle

Nick Diaz is so street that he sometimes poops asphalt. Jorge Masvidal is so street, his middle name is “Main”.

Okay, these were awful jokes, but they’re a clear indication of my excitement over the match-up between Diaz and Masvidal at UFC 235. Bros, the older, poorer Diaz sibling is finally coming back!

Neither dude is prone to slacking or hugging in the cage. In fact, these dudes are so keen on throwing down “street” style that referee Herb Dean has confiscated about a dozen switchblades from them prior to their fights. This bout will be insane!

Here’s ESPN with the scoop:

UFC welterweight Nick Diaz will return to competition on March 2 in Las Vegas, according to UFC president Dana White.

Diaz (26-9) has agreed to face Jorge Masvidal (32-13) in a welterweight contest at UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Additional sources told ESPN contracts for the bout are not yet signed, but it is close to being finalized.

A former Strikeforce champion, Diaz has not fought since he suffered a decision loss to Anderson Silva in January 2015. The result of that bout was later changed to a no-contest, after both Silva and Diaz failed their respective drug tests.

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Diaz Fires Off At Canelo: ‘I’m A Better Fighter, Bigger Draw’

Ready for another boxing superfight?

Even if you’re not, former UFC welterweight title challenger Nick Diaz sure sounds like he’d be up to the task. That’s according to Diaz himself, who recently took aim at Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez.

The Stockton callout comes a few days removed from Canelo’s massive $ 365 million deal with DAZN, which will keep him on the streaming service for five years and 11 fights. His first bout under contract will come against WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding this December. It will be Canelo’s first appearance at 168 pounds.

As a professional mixed martial artist who has trained alongside the likes of former boxing world champion Andre Ward, Diaz isn’t too impressed with Canelo.

“I’ve never even thought about that, but the guy is moving up to 168 and fighting some no names,” Diaz told TMZ (shown above). “Let’s be real Canelo moving up to my weight, he ain’t gonna win that fight. No way, come on man. You’re just basically one of them little guys I spar before I fight. I am a professional fighter, I’ve had over 37 fights.”

“Nothing personal. Motherf**ker don’t speak English so he ain’t knowing what I’m saying anyway.”

Diaz, 35, has been focused on a potential return to the Octagon, but the former welterweight standout seems more than willing to test his luck inside of the boxing ring and get his piece of pie.

“Y’all getting the money, if y’all gonna make all that money, making billions of dollars or millions of dollars now, I’m a better fighter, I’m a bigger draw,” he said.

Bigger draw than Canelo in boxing? Probably not. But Diaz is one of the most recognizable names in MMA today, despite having not competed since a no contest opposite Anderson Silva nearly three years ago.

While a Diaz vs. Canelo crossover fight is unlikely to actually take flight, it’s yet another option fight fans have been presented with in this crazy thing we call combat sports. After seeing Conor McGregor step inside of the boxing ring against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year anything seems possible at this point.

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