That’s right, UFC welterweight Nick Diaz, famous for representing his hometown of Stockton, Calif. has been nominated by The Record for 2011 Stocktonian of the Year.
The award is given annually to Stockton area natives who ‘have made a positive impact on our community, often over decades’.
The list of nominees this year includes an 8th grade student who testified on Capitol Hill, The Ladybugs, an organization who put on a prom for special needs children, three students who spoke out about bullying in their school, the Stockton City Council, LaCresia Hawkins, who has championed healthy eating, Gregory Basso, a local Stocktonian who rallied the community against Forbes Magazine after they ranked Stockton low on a recent list of cities, and a World War II pilot who died in combat and whose remains were discovered and indentified by DNA evidence.
The other nominee is of course Nick Diaz.
In the description about Diaz, the Record writes, “This isn’t about maturity or proper behavior and decision making. The Stockton mixed martial arts fighter has none of those. What he has is talent and presence and – if he can keep (or get) that head of his on his shoulders – the potential to be a Stockton athletic rallying cry, ala Dallas Braden. Perhaps this is a year early. If he can win a huge upcoming fight and learn to act like an adult, maybe we’ll have another Yaqui Lopez on our hands.”
Diaz was listed as a write-in candidate along with several others on the ballot.
The award will be given out over the next few weeks by The Record in coordination with Central Valley Association of Realtors and the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce.