As Benjamin Franklin once famously wrote, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Well, Nick Diaz (pictured) may be wishing he were dead soon because the controversial UFC welterweight can expect for Uncle Sam to be paying a visit to the 209 very shortly.
Minutes after dropping a lopsided unanimous decision to reigning 170-pound king Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158, it was revealed Diaz has never paid one red cent in taxes throughout his 12-year professional career. And guess who threw Diaz and his tax evading ways under the IRS bus?
“I can’t be jumping teams. I just have to invest [in my training] a little bit more now that I have a little bit more money,” Diaz shared at the post-fight press conference. “You know what? I’ve never paid taxes in my life. I’m probably gonna go to jail.
“Nobody wants to hear that kind of talk or what’s really going on with me. I might as well just be a kid. I’ve had fight after fight after fight after fight, and you don’t know what that does to somebody that didn’t graduate high school. You can take that into consideration for a second and think about what three fights a year will do to you your whole life.”
Considering the randomness that comes out of Diaz’s mouth, it’s tough to tell whether the 29-year-old has never actually filed a Form 1040-ES. However, given his propensity for tardiness and pulling no-shows, it could very well be true.
UFC president Dana White took him at his word and is worried for Diaz, who is about to inherit a big payday for last night’s pay-per-view blockbuster with St-Pierre.
“What’s sad is, he better go pay his taxes as soon as he gets that check,” White stated after the presser wrapped. “That’s no [expletive]. If somebody doesn’t take care of that kid and set him straight… He came out here publicly tonight and said he’s never paid taxes in his life? Holy [expletive].
“You wanna talk about sad? That’s sad. Somebody better handle that with this check and make sure that kid doesn’t end up with nothing.”
According to White, Nick and brother Nate do have a trustworthy professional in their lives who should be able to get them pointed in the right direction. No, White wasn’t referring to longtime manager Cesar Garcie.
“There’s a guy who I’ve been talking to for a while here who’s his lawyer,” White added. “He’s Nate and Nick’s lawyer and seems like a decent guy who’s looking out for them. I’ll probably give this guy a call and tell him, ‘Nick said he’s never paid taxes in his life and you might want to start working on that [expletive] Sunday morning, not Monday morning.'”
After losing to St-Pierre, Diaz announced his quasi retirement from mixed martial arts. Some were concerned the habitual medical marijuana consumer might smoke away his life savings. Unfortunately for Diaz, the IRS may never give him the chance.
FYI – The deadline to file your 2012 taxes is April 15.