By John Morgan | September 14, 2021 5:25 pm ET
Six years ago today, Nick Diaz stood outside the Grant Sawyer State Office Building in Las Vegas, moments after he was told he wouldn’t be fighting again for five years.
Truthfully, I didn’t ever expect him to speak to reporters – myself included – after the Nevada State Athletic Commission delivered its draconian ruling, suspending one of the sport’s biggest stars for what seemed an absolutely absurd amount of time simply for testing positive for marijuana following his UFC 183 clash with Anderson Silva.
Oh, and let’s not forget the accompanying $165,000 fine.
Why would he speak to the media? After all, he didn’t really even speak to the commission, instead electing to plead his Fifth Amendment right some 27 times while being questioned by notoriously dogged commissioner Pat Lundvall. Flanked by attorneys Nick Granath and Lucas Middlebrook, a clearly uncomfortable Diaz gave us the closest thing we’ve ever seen to a Dave Chappelle skit during an NSAC session.
Yet afterwards, as we scrambled out of the conference room to try and get a comment I fully expected would never come, we were told that if we waited patiently outside, Diaz would indeed speak. Even at this point, I imagined his team was trying to stall us just long enough to let Diaz hop in car and speed away.
Several minutes later, just as I was convinced we had been duped, Diaz walked up and delivered his now famous monologue. The single quote that has been plucked most often from the 12-minute soliloquy is a classic.
“I know all the fighters, and they’re all on steroids,” Diaz said