Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/7/12
What might be the biggest contrast in public image and fighting style in UFC history will be on display this weekend, when a gentlemanly Mama's Boy from Seattle defends his lightweight title against the Bad Boy from Stockton, Calif. OK, Nate Diaz isn't really all that bad of a dude. It's an image thing that he can't really get over and honestly doesn't care about. ("Whatever," he shrugged at a Thursday press conference for this weekend's UFC on FOX fight. "It's more something people try to stick on me than anything I do.") People -- and when I say people, I mean the media, myself included, who enjoy an athlete who takes media responsibilities seriously, but scoff when an athlete seems put out when he talks with reporters -- think of him as the man of few words who spends his press-conference time texting instead of paying attention to questions. More than being the thug portrayed in his public image, the 27-year-old Diaz is simply a born fighter, obsessed with training, committed ...
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