Nick Diaz is widely regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists in the world. The former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion has also fought for the UFC’s gold and despite his lackluster performances inside the UFC cage, Nick Diaz has cemented himself as one of the greatest of all time. Much of Nick’s success as a mixed martial artist comes from his incredible cardio, durability, and resilience inside the cage.
While Nick Diaz’s resume speaks very highly of his fighting prowess, it is Diaz’s ability to take damage, and still keep coming forward that has made him the favorite of fight fans around the world. It’s only because of the toughness that he brings inside the cage, that the narrative around Nick Diaz fighting is whether or not his opponent would be able to stop him inside the Octagon.
Both Nate Diaz and Nick Diaz had earned the reputation of being incredibly tough. Has Nick Diaz even been knocked out inside the UFC Octagon? Has he ever suffered a stoppage loss in his MMA career? Today, let’s take a look at every time Diaz got stopped in his mixed martial arts journey.
Jeremy Jackson is the first fighter to hand a stoppage loss to Nick Diaz
Jeremy Jackson remains as the only fighter to hand a TKO loss to Nick Diaz. The loss came early in Diaz’s MMA career. Diaz and Jackson shared the cage three times in their mixed martial arts journey. Jeremy Jackson earned a TKO win over Nick Diaz back in September of 2002 at UA 4: King of the Mountain.
Jackson stopped Diaz in the first minute of the first round, becoming not only the first fighter to hand a stoppage loss to Nick Diaz, but also the first fighter to hand him the first loss of his MMA career. At the time, Diaz was 4-0 in his mixed martial arts journey. Be that as it may, Diaz would avenge the loss not just once, but twice as both the fighters would go on to share the Octagon on two more occasions.
Diaz fought Jeremy Jackson once again at IFC Warriors Challenge 18 on July 19, 2003. Diaz won the bout via TKO in the first round. The trilogy bout took place in Nick Diaz’s UFC debut at UFC 44 where once again the Stockton Slugger emerged victorious, this time via submission in the third round.
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While the loss against Jeremy Jackson marks the only time that Diaz was stopped inside the Octagon, many argue that his loss against KJ Noons can also be counted as a TKO loss. Diaz fought KJ Noons in November of 2007 for the EliteXC Lightweight Championship. The fight was stopped at the end of the first round after a cut on Nick Diaz’s eye forced the Doctor to stop the fight. Be that as it may, once again, Nick Diaz would go on to avenge the loss, beating KJ Noons in the rematch via unanimous decision at Strikeforce on October 9, 2010.