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Nick Diaz Nominated as ‘Stocktonian of the Year’

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Nick Diaz may soon be able to call himself UFC welterweight champion and Stockton, Calif. most recognized citizen of 2011.

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.

  • KBEsq

    Stocktonian of the year. If you’re from CA, which I am, that’s like being called San Bernardinin of the year, or Fresnan of the year.

    If you’re out of state, perhaps, Alabaman of the year.

    • MikeMc1983

      Wow really? I can’t believe someone in Cali could refer to Stockton, and San bernardino in the same breath. Nick couldn’t act that way in San bernardino. He’d get smacked around as soon as he stepped out the door if he lived in San bernardino. That part of the inland empire couldn’t produce a guy that much of a b****. :) (I do know what you meant though.)

  • judo johnson

    Thats cool and everything, i would have voted for the ladybugs anyone who helps kids gets my vote. but still cool for nick, i hope he beats GSP

    WAR NICK DIAZ 209

  • dancongrave

    Um, Nick wasn’t actually nominated. That was actually just a weekly column by The Record’s EIC suggesting people who should be honored but won’t be considered since the Stocktonian of the Year award usually goes to business leaders who made a difference in the city decades ago. I wasn’t a legitimate nomination by any means. The Record sponsors the award but it’s actually ran by the Chamber of Commerce.

  • http://MMAWeekly.com Damon Martin

    Nick was a write in candidate. They are actually still accepting candidates right now as well till Monday I think it said.

  • shereko

    I would like to write in and vote for him as “ego filled D-bag of the decade”. Very illustrious award, with lots of competition but, I think he could win!

  • RonnieV

    Huge Diaz fan, but this is an irrelevant story.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000014785666 stefansolomon

    Awsome He should run for Mayor!

  • phrankthetank

    When he gets pounded into a pulp Stockton might regret the nomination

  • trevor

    Stockton would have to be the ******* of the earth for this guy to win!

  • DesertRat

    Yes, and I bet his buddy the drug dealer is up for “Stocktons Unlicensed Pharmacist of the Year”. Nick probably thinks he should share the award since he is the best customer.

  • fsunoles09

    yall can say what yall want but diaz gonna bring the fight to gsp, i dont blame yall for picking gsp bro is a beast but then again so is diaz.i cant wait for this fight to come up bro should be a hell of a fight, its a hard call but id say diaz by sd or diaz possibly by tko which i kinda dont see happening but hey some predictions r meant to be bold.

    • RonnieV

      I agree! Will be a great fight. Diaz gets stronger each round, and they both have great endurance. Both fighters will be a bloody mess at the end of the 5th.

    • phrankthetank

      Diaz is a great fighter, if you let him fight his fight. GSP is gonna have Diaz on his ass trying to block punches and elbows within 90 seconds. The thing about GSP is that he doesn’t let you do what you want to do, you do what he wants to do. Besides, while diaz’s “boxing” is very solid, Georges has way more tools on the feet and on the ground. I predict Diaz is just going to get smothered

      • MrAdidas

        fsunoles09: I agree that this fight should be great, but I really dont see Diaz beating GSP, but this is MMA & anything can happen & a fight can change in a blink of an eye, ask Pat Barry…. OUCH!

        Phrank: Very nicely said, like you said everyone has a “gameplan”, but that changes in a hurry, especially when you fight a guy like GSP – good anywhere & everywhere. I cannot remember the last time GSP’s oponent fought his fight! Like you said PHRANK, GSP has way too many tools & he will confuse Diaz just by switching things up, like he did Vs Serra in their 2nd fight. Serra’s corner after the 1st Round…. “I dont know if hes going to stand & trade or if he’s going to try & take you down – also watch out for the kicks…”. When your corner is confused, you’re FUCT!

      • MrAdidas

        BTW: If Diaz was busted up after the 1st Round Vs. BJ Penn (b/c BJ was a punching bag in the 2nd & 3rd), then whats Diaz’s face going to look like after 2+ Rounds with GSP, who only gets better as the fight goes on. I can seriously see Diaz losing by TKO/Cuts to the face, Diaz has always had those issues. Diaz had to get surgery on his forehead if I’m not mistaken, to dull the bone chips in his face – b/c every time he would get punched he’d get cut b/c of the pointy bones in his forehead/face.

        Let’s not forget, Diaz isnt just fighting GSP, he’s fithing an ANGRY GSP. What happened to Matt Serra in their 2nd fight? What happened to BJ Penn in their 2nd fight? What happened to Koscheck in their 2nd fight? All 3 of those fighters got the beating of a lifetime, all b/c they pissed off the champ. ANGRY GSP = very very dangerous fighter. Good luck with that Diaz!

        • RonnieV

          Diaz won’t be scared Homey!