Well there goes the neighbourhood.
Stockton’s native son, Nate Diaz, has been awarded the key to his home city.
Perhaps there’s no better recipient. Diaz, following in the footsteps of his older brother Nick, has proudly and unabashedly represented the ‘209’ (Stockton’s area code) on the world’s stage of mixed martial arts since appearing on The Ultimate Fighter season 5 in 2007.
Attending a G-league basketball game for the Stockton Kings on the weekend, Diaz was honored by city mayor Kevin J. Lincoln, who said the following:
“We want to thank you for the grit and determination that you display every time you step into a fight. And I want you to know that grit and determination is built into the very fabric of the city that you represent… It’s an honor to be here to present you, on behalf of the city of Stockton, with this key to the city.”
“I wanna say it’s an honor,” Diaz replied. “Thank you very much to Stockton, California, for rocking with me. I’ve been rocking with Stockton this whole time … I’m going to be forever rocking Stockton, I ain’t going nowhere.”
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On this day in MMA…
On the 5th of December, 2009, Roy Nelson earned his spot as the winner of The Ultimate Fighter season 10 at the TUF: Heavyweights finale in Las Vegas, Nevada.
‘Big Country’ would face Brendan Schaub, who had never seen the third round during his TUF run, in the tournament finals. Nelson, who himself had made short work of the much-hyped Kimbo Slice early in the season, needed just one clean shot to put Schaub’s lights out.
At just under four minutes into the first round after some back-and-forth striking, Nelson leaped forward and caught his opponent clean with a heavy overhand right, dropping Schaub instantly and forcing the referee to call the fight.
Nelson would go on to find mixed success in the UFC’s heavyweight division, notching up wins over Mirko Cro Cop, Stefan Struve, Cheick Kongo, ‘Big Nog’, and put on stand-out wars opposite Mark Hunt, Fabricio Werdum, and Junior dos Santos.