Why Were Nick Diaz And Diego Sanchez At Odds?
Nick Diaz and Diego Sanchez were never chummy.
On November 5, 2005, Diaz and Sanchez shared the Octagon in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale. At the time, Sanchez was looking to keep his undefeated record intact. He accomplished this goal with a unanimous decision victory over Diaz.
Sanchez appeared on the Quick with Mike Swick podcast and claimed that Diaz went to great lengths in an attempt to get under his skin (via MMAFighting.com).
“Me and Nick Diaz hated each other,” Sanchez said. “Nick Diaz used to send me e-mails. He found my e-mail, he talked to one of the MMA journalists at the time, there wasn’t many. Gave him my e-mail and he would e-mail me hate mails.
“Bad sh*t. Talking sh*t about my mom, talking sh*t about my dad, just trying to get under my skin with everything he had. He hated me. He hated Ultimate Fighters because we got all that attention. He was in the spotlight at that time, he hated us and he hated me.”
Swick chimed in, saying that often times UFC veterans would try to intimidate younger fighters who were brought up through The Ultimate Fighter. Sanchez agreed, sharing his belief that the younger fighters weren’t treated with respect until they proved their legitimacy.
Other than being known for his slick jiu-jitsu, boxing skills, and toughness, Diaz has also not shied away from ruffling the feathers of his opponents. Many would argue that Anderson Silva is one of the few fighters who Diaz didn’t try to get personal with ahead of fight night.
The credentials didn’t lie for Diaz. Years after his loss to Sanchez, he ended up ruling the roost in Strikeforce’s welterweight division. He eventually went back to the UFC to fight Carlos Condit for the interim UFC Welterweight Championship. Diaz fell short in that bout but was given a crack at the main 170-pound gold against Georges St-Pierre due to his popularity.