Joe Rogan picks Nick Diaz over Nate as the real star fueling the family

Nick Diaz and Nate Diaz have etched their names in the annals of mixed martial arts history. The brothers’ resilience and undeniable charisma have made them stand out in the fiercely competitive world of UFC.

UFC commentator Joe Rogan recently shed light on the Diaz brothers’ careers. In his podcast, Rogan emphasized Nick Diaz as the family’s original superstar. He implied that the remarkable professional achievements of the younger Diaz sibling pale in comparison to the better success of the elder brother.

Nick Diaz has a professional record of 26 wins, 10 losses, and 2 No Contests (NC). On the other hand, the record of MMA icon Nate Diaz stands at 21 wins and 13 losses.

Rogan highlighted the trajectory of Nick Diaz’s prime, notably spent in Strikeforce before the UFC absorbed the organization. He praised Nick’s unparalleled cardio, exceptional striking abilities, submission skills, and trash-talking skills.

Rogan stated: “So, he [Nick Diaz] would get hit by these guys who would swarm him, but eventually, he would start putting it on ’em. He just never got tired, dude. He just never got tired. And he didn’t give a f**k. Like, his style is like, ‘F**k you!’ Just starts beating dudes up. Look how he rips to the body.”vc

Rogan also complimented Nick Diaz on his outstanding achievements against formidable opponents like Paul Daley, Takanori Gomi, Scott Smith, and Frank Shamrock.

Praising him above Nate Diaz, he stated: “I mean, Nate’s great, but Nick was the real star of the family. He just never got to the UFC while he was in this state. If he was a UFC champion while he was in this form — ’cause he was in a form during Strikeforce where he was f**king up everybody, and not just knocking them out and beating them up.”

An iconic moment in Nick Diaz’s career was his knockout victory against Robbie Lawler in 2004. When Joe Rogan reexamined Diaz’s memorable KO in 2021, he gave him credit for transforming mixed martial arts.

Rogan emphasized that Diaz often avoided using full-power attacks against his opponent, preferring to land a lot of moderate- and lower-power blows. Rogan praised him for bringing attention to the cardio-centric style of MMA.

He said: “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 gonna hit you with a hundred percent power, he’s gonna hit you with 50 per cent. But he’s gonna hit you twice as much and you’re never going to get to breathe.”