Thanks to a five-year suspension for marijuana metabolites that was reduced to 18-months, Nick Diaz has been suspended from fighting and hasn't been able to corner his brother in the two biggest fights of his life. #NateDiaz took care of business in his first fight with Conor McGregor, but the second fight obviously didn't go nearly as well, even though it was decided by an extremely close majority decision.
"Just one inch, that's the difference between how that fight could've gone. As far as I'm concerned, I definitely would've been that inch. They just wanted to keep me out of there. They know that it would've definitely helped him out a lot. I was seeing things in that fight that I would've called and told him. I was seeing things that he wasn't seeing, because I do these things and I know how they work out for me.
There are fans out there that think Nick is a thuggish stoner who goes out there to brawl and bleed, but he and his brother have developed into some of the most cerebral fighters in the game. He may not be able to share his absolute specific insights (although he goes into it a bit and it seems like he wanted more grappling from Nate), he brings up some interesting points.
Nick continued, explaining that Gilbert is a damn fine training partner, but he just would've been a little better.
“I'm not saying that it wasn't helping having Gilbert there telling him to do the wrong stuff -- Gilbert wasn't necessarily telling him to do the wrong stuff, he just wasn't going to see the things that I was seeing. So that was kinda rough. It's hard enough to watch being there, and I'm watching on TV, I can't do anything.”
How frustrating must that be — watching your little brother that you've trained with your entire life, and you can't be cageside helping him in the biggest fight, arguably, in UFC history.