Last night, my friend and fellow Muay Thai enthusiast, Will told me that he lived in Stockton, California for six months and that everyone in that town is exactly like the Diaz brothers. He proceeded to say that he hated Stockton and it was the worst city he’s ever lived in. The general consensus seems to revolve around Nor Cal being a charming place to live outside of Oakland, Stockton and whatever fictional region that the Sons of Anarchy occupy. Perhaps all the attributes that make it awful in the minds of homeowners are the same reasons that the region produces some of the best fighters in the world. Explaining it beyond that would require too much existential thought, and I’m in Friday afternoon mode, so you’re on your own with extrapolating that theory.
Being an MMA fighter used to mean getting paid to beat people up, but the real gauge of your success is Tommy Toe Hold immortalizing you in cartoon form. This week, Nick Diaz and his brother Nate are here to steal the show in 209 classic style.