I have waited a long time. I have questioned my feelings and sanity. I have asked for help from friends and family alike. I now know what I am and although every fiber of my being is screaming at me not to be........I am a fan of the Diaz brothers.
I should say this. I did not like anything about these two for a long, long time. I was a Diaz hater. I wore that badge proudly. I defended all of their opponents with blind ignorance and veiled admiration. I knew in my heart that KJ would once again beat Nick. I knew that Daley had too much power and BJ too much skill. I have swore to the heavens that Carlos will knock him out, and while i can't predict the outcome of this fight i know that it will be a war
When I watched Nate fight Gomi I denied it based on the fact that I knew Gomi was washed up and then he utterly dominated Cerrone and my arguement failed me and I knew.......I refused to accept it, but I knew. I chose to pretend that now I only like the way they fight. I told myself that even though I think they are dicks they are at least entertaining, but I knew. I denied it. I refused to comprehend it, but still, somewhere in the recesses of my mind where i rarely delve, I knew.
Then the UFC, with its editing genius. With its Machiavellian, string pulling persuasion aired the "PrimeTime" special. Perhaps I am now a Mark. Perhaps I have been duped by well edited pieces and Cesar Gracie's surprisingly poignant explanation of the inner workings of the Diaz boys. I no longer care. Nick is polarising. Nate even seemed to have a personality.
I am a fan of the Diaz boys. They are not dicks. In reality they are not much different than any other fighter on the UFC roster. The have egos when it comes to their in cage abilities. They love their camp and coaches and family. They just don't speak well to the media or you or me.
I have been converted. Recognising this has taken a long time. When I am watching the fight at 4AM in the morning on February the 5th I will be annoying that stupid bitch that lives below me by screaming at my TV watching what I assume will be one of the greatest fights imaginable, and I will be screaming for Nick Diaz and I am oddly comfortable with that.
"If you don't hate fighting then you can never love it. There is no love without hate" - Nick Diaz......shit's deep son, preach on homie