If you believe Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz, the glitz and glamour attached with being a professional mixed martial artist does not include a bankroll. According to the controversial slugger and habitual marijuana puffer, he’s dead broke and will do anything for some dough – including being “nice.”
“People need to understand that I don’t make a lot of money. For real,” Diaz told The Shoot. “I spent all my money on food. I don’t have any money. I spent it all on food. I didn’t buy anything.
“I worry about taxes and I watch my bank account just, WHOOSH, get sucked away. So I’m like, man, I just want to fight and get paid.”
Diaz reportedly pocketed $100,000 for his win over Marius Zaromskis at “Strikeforce: Miami” earlier this year. That does not include any additional sponsorship dollars he took home for headlining the Showtime broadcast, which often overshadow MMA fight purses. Considering the median income in the United States for 2010 was only $49,777, Diaz clearly bought far too many bud brownies if his bank account is on red alert.
“I’ll act nice, whatever, you know? Like I said, if I’m paid to do that, just let me know that’s what I need to do to play the game,” Diaz said of his dire state. “What’s the game? Tell me what I’m supposed to do. What’s my job description? I thought I’m a fighter, so I just kept it real like I always did.”
Thankfully, Diaz’s next payday comes this Saturday and he’ll FINALLY be able to make ends meet once again. Medical Marijuana clinics across Stockton, California are anxiously awaiting his arrival.
Please click the media player below to watch Diaz’s interview with The Shoot: