Nate Diaz is proudly born and bred in Stockton California, and he has gone a long way since he started training for MMA when he was in his late teens.
Now that he is already one of the most accomplished fighters in UFC, Diaz is committed to giving back to his community by teaching kids martial arts.
California is proud of Nate and his positive contribution to the state, so the state Assembly honored Diaz with a legislative award earlier this week.
“Whereas, Utilizing his talents and leadership to give back to his local community, Nate owns Gracie Fighter Jiu-Jitsu in Lodo, where he teaches self-defense techniques to children, teens, and adults and instills in his students the values of respect, sportsmanship, and responsibility as taught through the sport of mixed martial arts …” the resolution read.
Diaz was also lauded for his accomplishments inside the ring.
“On March 5, 2016 Nate pulled off one of the biggest upsets in UFC history by submitting featherweight champion Conor McGregor during the main event welterweight fight at UFC 196, a feat celebrated with both Performance of the Night and Fight of the Night awards.”
Nate responded humbly to the award.
“It’s got all kinds of credentials on there … but it for, like, negative to positive. Because I went from negative to positive,” Diaz said with a smile. “I was supposed to [have the award presented to me] at the Capitol but it was the same day as that UFC 200 press conference, so I had to take a rain check. But they ended up bringing it down to the academy and hooking it up … it was pretty cool.”