“People try to say, ‘Oh, Nick Diaz, you know, he’s crazy,’ or ‘He’s crazy’ or ‘He’s not crazy’ or ‘He’s fake crazy’ or whatever. I’m like, hey bro, what you see is what you get. I’m not out here trying to put on an act like I’m crazy. When you see me, what you see is what you get. And you get real martial arts; you get real fighting; you get a real warrior mentality. I’m sorry if people can’t handle it. Some people aren’t mature enough to handle it… In my opinion, everybody else is crazy out of their mind. They’re the ones putting on an act for you, doing what they’re told in front of the camera. The camera gives them a line and they say it 10 times over again, and then whoever goes back in the back and picks that out. They turn these guys into these robots. I’m just not going to be that guy. So don’t tell me I’m acting crazy. I’m out here acting natural. I’m the only one being realistic about this sort of thing.”

— Nick Diaz, via MMA Mania, telling reporters everyone else is crazy, not him

I don’t even bother trying to make sense of the things that Nick Diaz says anymore. He sees the world from a different lens than most of us and I’ve come to the conclusion that you just have to accept it and love/hate it for what it is.

What I love about it though is how Nick manages to draw people in much like Chael Sonnen, but unlike Sonnen’s schtick, it’s actually real. Sonnen has to constantly come up with new material to keep people’s attention whereas Nick just has to show up and be himself. As much as I enjoy watching Sonnen do his thing, there’s no replacement for genuine insanity.

That’s my take on it at least. Georges St. Pierre, on the hand, doesn’t buy that the Nick Diaz we see on camera is the real Nick Diaz.

“Nick is not crazy. Nick is a very, very smart guy. People are like, “Oh Nick is crazy,” that’s a persona he has to intimidate people. He’s like a bully at school who tries to make you believe he’s ready to kill people. That’s not true, he’s a very, very clever guy. He’s a very smart guy. He’s very smart at what he does. And one of the reasons he is where he is in life, why he’s successful, is because he’s very smart. So I don’t buy this thing that “Oh, he’s crazy,” I don’t buy it. He’s a very smart guy. The way he portrays himself sometimes isn’t the way he truly is.”

What do you think? Is Nick Diaz really “crazy” or a manipulative genius who has everyone fooled?

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