MMA Fighter Nick Diaz Admits He's Never Paid Taxes
Post-fight interviews arenít ordinarily the place for personal life admissions, but thatís exactly what mixed martial arts fighter Nick Diaz offered following his loss to champion Georges St-Pierre last night. After admitting he doesnít have it anymore and may retire during a chat with Joe Rogan, the mixed martial arts fighter later admitted he wasnít particularly prepared for the title bout, still has the mentality of a kid and hasnít ever paid taxes in his entire life.
Not surprisingly, the last admission has attracted more than its share of headlines since last night. In fact, UFC head Dana White was so flabbergasted by it he told ESPN he may meet with Diazís lawyer to try and convince him to use the majority of his paycheck to handle all of those years he didnít file any returns because, as many different celebrities have found out, the government does not play around when it comes to taxes.
If Diazís words are any indication, he at least seems to understand the severity of the situation heís in. Hereís his exact quoteÖ
"You know what? I've never paid taxes in my life. I'm probably going to go to jail. Nobody wants to hear about that, nobody wants to hear that kind of talk or what's really going on with me. I might as well as be a kid. I've had fight after fight after fight after fight. You don't know what that does to somebody that didn't graduate high school? You don't understand."
Boxing and mixed martial arts are emotionally taxing sports. Like football, they are dangerous and physically draining, but unlike Americaís most popular game, oneís success rests solely on the fighterís shoulders. That can be a heavy burden for a man to carry, especially one who has years of experience and injuries under his belt.
Diaz may not have put on the best showing last night, but over the years, heís been a very exciting fighter thatís brought a lot of joy to a lot of viewers. Hopefully, heís smart with his paycheck and is able to satisfy the federal government and keep himself out of the big house.