Joe Rogan Explains How Nick Diaz Changed MMA

Joe Rogan Nick Diaz
Joe Rogan Nick Diaz

On Joe Rogan Experience MMA Show #86, Joe Rogan and MMA fighter Josh Thompson discussed how Nick Diaz changed MMA. Below are some of the highlights of their conversation.

Josh Thompson on Nick Diaz vs. Frank Shamrock

“Frank was not the same guy when he fought Nick at that time, but let’s be real, at that time it was awesome to see somebody like Nick do that because Nick, though, if you recall at the end of the fight, picks Frank up, he’s like, ‘You’re a legend. Do not sit down there like that. You’re a legend.’ And that’s what people talk to me all the time about my fight with Nate. And I say, ‘Look man, I have nothing but respect for both those guys. Those guys are animals.’”

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Joe Rogan and Nick Diaz

Josh Thompson on the Diaz Brothers’ Brawl on CBS

“You got to remember that brawl that happened on CBS, right? We were talking about that as well. That brawl with Mayhem Miller, Jake Shields, Nick Diaz, but guess what? That whole scrap pack. They die for each other. And you can’t knock friendship like that. And I look at those guys and they’re really good people from Gilbert Melendez, his wife, Carrie, Nick and Nate and Jake, Jake’s like still one of my good, good buddies, Gill is as well. But even though I don’t talk to Nate anymore really, I still have nothing but respect for those guys themselves. They did it on their own, and they’re amazing. I will buy their pay per view every single time they fight no matter what.”

Joe Rogan Nick Diaz
Joe Rogan and Nick Diaz

Joe Rogan on Nick Diaz’s Elite Cardio 

And Nick Diaz changed the game in terms of his elite cardio. He did something that was a new thing. And that new thing was he’s not going to hit you with 100% power. He’s going to hit with 50%, but he’s going to hit you twice as much, and you’re never going to get to breathe, and he’s going to stay on top of you, and he’s going to talk to you the whole time. So he’s going to [mess] with you psychologically. He’s going to disrupt your breathing by constantly hitting you. And then once he realizes you’re hurt, then he’s digging into the body. Then he’s putting it on you. And on top of that [he has] black belt jujitsu skills, really good wrestling takedown defense, a chin made of iron, and unstoppable will. His will to beat you was just unstoppable. I think he’s one of the best fighters that’s ever done it. To this day.”

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Joe Rogan and Nick Diaz

Josh Thompson on Nick Diaz’s Unstoppable Will and Elite Conditioning

“I think a lot of that unstoppable will though comes from him doing triathlons. That is like, hey, I cannot stop otherwise, I lose my time and I’ve only got five more miles or eight more miles until I get to the bike, or until I get to the run or until I’m done with the swim. Those are things in your mind as an athlete. You’re always thinking like I’m almost there. I’m only going to run to the two minute mark. I’m only going to run to the five. You set goals for yourself as you go. Should I smash the goal? Okay, one more goal. Those are the things that top athletes do, and I feel like that’s what he’s done with his career. He used triathlons to help get him there. He was always good. Always nasty like good jujitsu, grit, phenomenal, etc. His game has always been really good. When he upped his game in boxing, and the pace like you’re saying, just the touch, touch, touch, now bam, bam, touch, touch, touch, bam, that’s next level boxing that we hadn’t seen in MMA at the time.”

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