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Urijah Faber Speculates On Root Of Nick Diaz’s Troubled Past With Zuffa

UFC president Dana White has long maintained that Nick Diaz has a home in the UFC, as long as he can play the game. But what exactly does DFW mean by that?

Appear on the syndicated date show Blind Date, apparently.

UFC featherweight fighter Urijah Faber recounted an old story which his fellow Californian and occasional training partner Diaz told him some time ago in regards to the UFC’s push for publicity in the mid-2000s and how that push involved sending some of its fighters on bad reality dating shows.

“I remember Diaz telling me years ago how they punished him for not going on that dating show they were having a couple of fighters go on,” Faber said during a recent appearance on Steve Cofield’s ESPN Radio show. “They would go on this dating show, [the UFC] wanted him on there for publicity. Nick had a girlfriend at the time and he wouldn’t do it.

“They put him and I think Karo on the undercard, somebody vs. Nick Diaz was on the undercard. He’s got a chip on his shoulder when it comes to those guys sometimes. They’re trying to help him and he’s trying to help himself, so I wish the best for Nick, I think they’ll make it work out.”

If you haven’t seen the video of Tim Sylvia on Blind Date, do yourself a favor and look it up. Your dates’ level of awkwardness might just pale in comparison.

The video of Faber’s interview with Cofield is below.