The Diaz brothers proudly project their sense of belonging to Stockton.
Many moments in Nate Diaz's UFC career have been attributed to his Stockton roots. This article takes a look at some of these moments from his career.
Nate Diaz sprays "209" in the TUF house upon his entry into the UFC
Nate Diaz began his career with the UFC as a lightweight contestant in the fifth season of the promotion's reality show, The Ultimate Fighter. TUF splits fighters into teams under two actively competing coaches.
As soon as he stepped onto the UFC landscape, Nate Diaz marked his presence by spray-painting the number "209" all over the house.
209 is the area code for Nate Diaz's place of residence in Stockton, California. 'The Stockton Slugger' wasted no time in announcing his roots and his preferred way of addressing himself: 'West Coast Gangsters.'
Nate Diaz and the infamous Stockton Slap
The Diaz brothers brought along the infamous 'Stockton' slap into the realm of professional MMA. What is a Stockton slap? Essentially, it is just a good old lazy palm slap on the face.
In a sport where fists and kicks fly with devastating velocity, the Diaz brothers often choose to slap their opponents. The loose hand undoubtedly deals damage, staggering his opponents for a while. Moreover, Nate Diaz uses it as a simple trick to faze his opponent mentally.
Nate Diaz now returns to the octagon for the first time since November 2019. 'The Stockton Slugger' will face Leon 'Rocky' Edwards at UFC 263: Adesanya vs. Vettori 2. The fight will be the first UFC non-title five-round fight to be contested outside the main event.
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