-I got to say, congrats
on this film, “Uncut Gems.” -Thank you, pal.
-It’s unbelievable. It’s getting insane reviews. “Sandler’s supernova presence
radiates.” — “Variety.” -Yes.
-Some say, “It’s a hell of a part.
And Sandler aces it.” “A career high.”
I mean, there’s — It’s getting Oscar buzz. And —
-Yeah. -How’s that feel? I want to ask
you, like, are you, like, did you ever think you would
get Oscar buzz? -No.
[ Laughter ] No, no, no.
I think when I was young, I thought “Billy Madison”
or something had a shot. [ Laughter ]
And then I — But they — They took that away from me.
So I stopped dreaming. Yeah.
-Yeah. Who — The directors are
the Safdie brothers? -Safdie brothers.
Two great guys. Josh and Benny. Man, are they good.
-God, this — I saw their movie “Good Time.”
-Yeah, yes. -Robert Pattinson.
And I just saw that movie. And I go, “Ooh.”
And it put a knot in my stomach. -Oh, me too. Me too.
-So I was excited that you were working
with these guys. -Yeah.
-And doing a dramatic role. So I was sitting here.
This is a true story. I was talking to Lorne.
-Yeah. -Lorne Michaels who —
-Yes. -And he says, “I’m going to
go see Adam’s movies.” -Right, right.
-Some big film — New York Film Festival thing. You’re a part of this
film festival. So I go, “Great. I’ll go.”
I go, “I have a double taping. It’ll be great.”
He goes, “All right, I’ll see you there.”
I go, “no problem.” He goes, “You going?”
I go, “Yeah, I can’t wait.” I go, “You waiting for me?” He goes,
“No, I’ll meet you there.” “Okay, great.” So he goes.
Lorne goes ahead of me. I do — I double tape
the show that night. I get in the car.
I go down to Lincoln Center. Go down this big theater,
I go down. Someone brings me down.
Open the doors. Giant theater full of people.
And I look for Lorne. They — I see Lorne’s
in the middle of the row with Chris Rock and Ben Stiller.
-Yeah, yeah, yeah. [ Light laughter ]
-No room for me. No seat saved at all.
[ Laughter ] Nothing. I go,
“What — guy, I mean, didn’t we have a thing?
I mean, what’s going on?” So I go, “Hey, what’s up.”
And then I go, “All right,
I guess I’ll just sit.” So I sat at the end of the row
by myself. -Yes, yeah.
[ Laughter ] -And so I was there
next to woman. -Yeah.
-And I said, “Hi, nice to see you.
I’m very excited about this. I’m a big — So I’m,
like, getting ready for the — -Small talking.
-So then the movie’s about to start.
The lights go down a little bit. And this woman stands up.
And she leaves. There’s an empty seat. And who
sits in the seat next to me? Adam Sandler.
-That’s right, baby. [ Cheers and applause ]
I saw you. I saw you. -The Sand man.
The Sand man came in! -I saw that his little heart
broken eyes, “Nobody loves me.”
[ Laughter ] And daddy showed up.
And then — Can I tell them
what you did to me? -Yeah, sure. -He pulled the popcorn trick
on me. [ Laughter ] I couldn’t believe it.
Jimmy, when you — -No, no, no, no.
-And it was the best popcorn I’ve ever eaten in my life.
-But it — no. How was I as a seat mate? As a seat mate,
how was I though? -You were the best guy
to watch this movie with. By the way, you know Jimmy’s
enthusiasm is incredible. And he —
If you sit next to Jimmy, and you have a movie coming out, he is the proper man to make you
think that you did a great job. [ Laughter ]
Because you were so — This movie is very, like, it
gets you a little upset. And you’re nervous
throughout the thing. Jimmy was so nervous
and so excited. And every line I said,
I’m watching the movie. You know,
I don’t love watching myself. But Jimmy would grab me
and be like, “Oh, my God, I loved that.”
And I’d be like, “Yeah, yeah. That’s right.
It was good, wasn’t it?” [ Laughter ]
Yeah, you made me feel top there,
buddy. -I honestly —
that was one of these movies I couldn’t believe it.
First of all, after, like, I want to say, five minutes into
it, I don’t see you anymore. I see this character
that you’re playing. -That’s great.
-Is it Harvey or Howard? -Howard.
-Howard. -Howard Ratner. Yes, yes.
-Howard Ratner. -I looked different.
I dress different. -You talk differently.
And everything — and, like — I just feel bad
for this guy, man. -Oh, yeah.
-And he’s kind of a gambler. And he works in
the diamond district. -Yes.
-Which is right here on 47th Street.
-Yes, yes, yes. -Did you get to hang out
and meet those guys? -I got to — sure.
I mean, I did research
for the character. The Safdie brothers
brought me there. And I got to know everybody
on the block. And they all let me
in their lives. And allowed me
to work with them and — you know, I didn’t do any work.
But I watched them work. [ Laughter ] And they taught me
about jewelry. And they taught me about how
they do sales. -But it’s a tight knit
family that — -Yes, nobody get’s in there.
-It’s a little area. No. -It really is a cool block. It’s amazing when you go there. It’s just been the same
for so long. And they just —
It’s family business. And they — They taught me a
lot. And I did — this is —
if I can — they — I couldn’t let the character go. They gave me a loop.
They gave me a loop. So when I shot the movie,
I was so in — excited about getting to know
jewelry and stuff. And they gave me one of —
you know the loop thing? -That magnifies the —
-That magnifies the thing. And so, yeah. I started
looking at everybody’s jewelry to see if it was good or bad.
[ Laughter ] And then — this is the weirdest
thing I discovered. Because of the loop,
I have a penis. I had no idea.
[ Laughter ] I was so excited.
-Congratulations! [ Cheers and applause ]
-Yeah, yeah. -Congratulations.
-It felt cool. -That’s awesome.
Yeah, that’s fantastic. -Thank you.
And, guys, it’s also uncut. [ Laughter ]
But I have to report to you, sadly, it’s not a gem.
[ Laughter ] It was trying, though.
-Oh, my gosh. So I’m watching this thing. And there are some funny scenes
in it. -Yes.
-You have some good things. But it is really riveting.
And seriously, there is a knot in your stomach.
And I’m watching your character. And I’m like,
“Oh, just don’t do it man.” Just like,
“Oh, just go home, dude. Just go home. Just stop.
What are you doing?” And you just push it.
And these directors are great. -Yeah. Oh, yeah.
-The soundtrack is killer. -Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.
-And it just gets better and crazier and just awesomer.
And now — and the ending — I don’t want to tell anybody.
But it was so — but anyways — I’m happy.
-Yes. -Last five minutes of the movie, you had to leave to go do
a Q&A. -I know. I went —
I had to leave you. But — -I’m happy you did.
-I know. I know. -‘Cause I loved —
-We had — We went to the party after,
though. -Yeah, what a great party
that was. -They had a party
at Katz’s Delicatessen. -It was great.
-And everybody was, like, so funny.
Usually at a party after a movie is a drink and celebration. This was just people eating
corned beef sandwiches. [ Laughter ]
-Biz Markie was deejaying. -Biz Markie was incredible.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. -It was great.
It was such a fun party. -It was fun.
-And I got to meet these guys from the film that are, like,
real people. -Oh, yes, yes.
-They’re not actors. They’re kind of characters
in real life. -They’re characters, yeah,
yeah. They’re a lot of the people from
the jewelry district are in it. And then there are some guys
after me in the movie who are — the Safdie brothers are really
into the right cast and who has the right look. And there are all these —
a lot of them weren’t actors. And these guys who beat me up
in the — I get beat up throughout
the movie a lot ’cause I owe money and stuff. But these guys who were beating
me up were really good guys. But they didn’t ever do
a movie before. So there was a stunt coordinator
who would say, like, “You know, you don’t
have to really choke at him.” [ Laughter ] You know, it was like —
and then they were all like, “Yes.” Nodding along nice. And, like, “You know, this looks
like you’re choking him.” And they were like — They
literally didn’t hear anything the guy was saying.
[ Laughter ] And they would talk to me like
they love me. Say like, “‘Mr. Deeds’ was
incredible.” I was like, “Oh, thanks, man.”
And then, “Action!” And then just full choke.
[ Laughter ] And I was, like,
trying to tap out. I’m punching the roof.
And they’re like, “Adam’s in character.”
And I was like, “No, I really am getting
choked right now.” [ Laughter ]
-It is unbelievable. And I just — I gotta say,
dude, I just love seeing every single thing you do. I followed your career
through everything. But — and the comedy special
was great you had this year. “SNL” was fantastic.
-Thanks. -You hosting — that was great. -You being on there with me
was sweet. -No, that was great.
-Thank you. -But this thing is like — Dude, you deserve all the praise
for this. -Thanks, buddy. -“Uncut Gems.”
Adam Sandler, everybody.
[instrumental music] [crowd cheering in background]>>Narrator: The fast rise of
mixed martial arts…>>Commentator: There may be
some blood spilled, there may be some bones broken.>>Narrator: … has
seen a once condemned crusade…>>Commentator: This event is not
for the feint of heart.>>Narrator: … evolve into
one of the most celebrated sports on the planet.>>Dominick Cruz: This sport
comes from different grounds where this wasn’t even legal
at one point, now it’s on the biggest
stage on Earth.>>Narrator: Today is athletes
enter the Octagon with collegiate wrestling
accolades…>>Jon Anik: Two-time Division-1
All American wrestler and Big 12 champ.>>Narrator: … title belts
from other fighting disciplines.>>Anik: Five time world
champion kick-boxer, jiu-jitsu world champion. She has been in combat since
12 years old.>>Narrator: Even Olympians have
crossed over…>>Bruce Buffer: “Solider of
God” Romero!>>Narrator: …
to compete for…>>Joe: Oh!>>Daniel Cormier: Oh, man!>>Narrator: …
and win UFC belts.>>Anik: Do you believe it!>>Buffer: And still!>>Narrator: Champions become
global icons…>>I want to ask you
guys, what time is it? [crowd yelling “Khabib!”]>>Narrator: …
revered for their skills…>>Anik: Khabib
Nurmagomedov, 28-0!>>Joe: That’s it!>>Narrator: … respected
for their professionalism…>>Joe: A perfect example of
what we would aspire and what we would like a champion to be.>>Narrator: … but
for all the spectacle and glory that
attracts the masses to modern day MMA…>>Here I am, baby. Daddy did it!>>Narrator: …
there remains that indisputable desire for something
raw and real… [crowd cheering
faintly in background]>>Narrator: … an
old-school, hardcore fight.>>Joe: Oh! That’s it! He’s got the choke!>>Narrator: At UFC 244 in
New York City, fighter is bred not by mere
athleticism, but by the hardened
city streets, will throw down for the right to
be called the baddest in the game.>>People forget that’s what
we tune in for, for war. It’s kill or be killed like I
always say. The best warriors are made for
the best fights.>>Joe: This is a dog-fight,
ladies and gentlemen.>>We got to bad
[bleep] going at it.>>Dan Hardy: What a finish for
Jorge Masvidal!>>Fans should expect
pure violence.>>Anik: One of the greatest
knockouts you’ll ever see!>>Narrator: Top five
welterweight Jorge Masvidal…>>I had to show him that
there’s consequences sometimes.>>Narrator: … forged
in Miami streets…>>Masvidal: There’s some bad
[bleep[ out there and you don’t want to wake them up.>>Narrator: …
will go toe to toe with a heralded west
coast warrior from Stockton California…>>Diaz: There ain’t no
gangsters in this game anymore. There ain’t nobody who
done it right, but me and him.>>Narrator: … Nate Diaz.>>But he ain’t no West
Coast gangster. You know what I’m saying?>>This is for the
baddest [bleep] in the game.>>Narrator: The co-main event
will see one of the best middleweights on Earth in
Kelvin Gastelum…>>Joe: Oh, he hurt him!>>Narrator: follow his recent
title bout for the ages…>>Cormier: Israel’s trying
to finish, Kelvin’s still fighting!>>Joe: What heart by
Kelvin Gastelum!>>Narrator: … with
an ongoing quest for UFC gold. But a return to contention goes
through former welterweight title challenger Darren Till…>>Hardy: Oh,
Wonderboy goes down!>>Narrator: … who
moves up to 185 pounds, with championship dreams
of his own.>>Darren Till is a stepping
stone right now. You’re messing with the future
champ here, man. You are that roadblock.>>I have to get him out of my
way for me to be able to get that title shot.>>Cejudo: Let’s send his ass
back to England!>>Till: I hope he’s not
underestimating.>>John Gooden: Darren Till
shocked the world!>>And if he is, it’s going to
be a bad night for him.>>Narrator: Before the Big
Apple hosts combat stars aiming to prove their place, first,
get ready, for UFC 244… Countdown. [music]>>Narrator: While the economic
center of the Sunshine State, is a present-day haven for
visiting beach-goers, there are sections of Miami that
remain crime-ridden, and violent, where UFC
welterweight Jorge Masvidal came of age.>>Masvidal: Some parts of my
life were a lot more humble than others, some of the
neighborhoods too. I had friends that got
hospitalized. I had seen a lot of things, so
it was a little different in the street.>>Narrator: A teenage Masvidal
would show early promise in South Florida’s version
of the combat arts…>>Man: Get in on him, Ray,
knock him out!>>Narrator: …one which was
part of the Kimbo Slice viral video series, recorded at the
dawn of the YouTube era.>>As you know, we always keep
this thing on the D-L, you know what I’m saying? This is strictly
underground access.>>Masvidal: There were a lot of
times where I was nervous. You just don’t know the elements
that get brought into a street-fight. Sometimes people had weapons. At the end of the day, in
the street, everything is fair,
everything is legal. It’s just survive, that’s only
real rules, you survive.>>Narrator: Instead of
completing high school…>>Whatever it takes, you
got to love this.>>Narrator: Masvidal would
graduate to the pro fighting circuit, where a student of the
streets could thrive.>>Mauro Ranallo: What a story,
literally fighting on the street in the Miami street
fighting circle.>>Frank Shamrock: That’s where
he got his swagger.>>Everything is completely
different when I’m in a professional setting.>>Mauro: And no
wasted motion, Pat. Masvidal takes advantage of
every space given to him.>>Masvidal: There’s a
referee there, there’s a doctor there. I’m not worried about that,
there’s no weapons in there. Nobody’s friends are jumping in.>>Mauro: And Masvidal
unloading!>>So when I fight, I’m not
worried about nothing.>>Narrator: Masvidal’s career
saw him became a mainstay in the UFC…>>Mike: Street-fighter becomes
mixed martial artist and a pretty darn good one.>>Narrator: … where
he fought anyone…>>Joe: Oh, he tapped!>>Narrator: … anytime…>>Joe: He’s lighting
him up now.>>Narrator: … anywhere.>>Brian Stann: This guy was
just born a fighter, it’s in his blood.>>Joe: He’s been around.>>Mike: Oh, my! Big combination on the way up!>>Joe: Not just in mma, in
backyards like running into satellite dishes and stuff–
bare-knuckle.>>Anik: Jorge Masvidal!>>Stann: He’s an
old-school guy, he’s been fighting that long.>>Joe: Slams him to the ground.>>Stann: But he’s got
new-school skills.>>Mike: Masvidal
looking to finish!>>Cormier: This dude is
embracing the bad guy; love me, hate me, watch
me perform.>>Narrator: In a landscape rife
with decorated athletes from all areas of the martial
arts world, Masvidal is one of the few
remaining fighters…>>Anik: Cerrone in a world
of trouble here!>>Narrator: …
whose roots lie in the streets.>>Anik: There is a new
welterweight contender, folks!>>I’m a real fighter. Dana White, bring me somebody
that can beat me.>>Narrator: The other, hails
from Stockton, California. [instrumental music]>>Narrator: A city that has
been economically depressed for generations… [instrumental music]>>Narrator: … but
even before financial crises brought rampant foreclosures, and increased crime rates, the region rarely
had much to take pride in, save for their
homegrown heroes, Nick Diaz, and his younger
brother Nate.>>Nate: I was in high school
and I remember my brother coming to watch me fight at a park. It was already a dramatic thing
from the beginning because it was 3rd period, 4th period,
5th period. It built up, built up, built up,
and then you go to the park and there’s a 100 people
at the park, that you’re walking up to, to
watch you fight. So it already got
started right there. Headlining parks in 9th grade. After it was all over, the cops
came and broke it all up. Everyone went different ways. Does he train like he
normally did? And he was like, “You
better come with me and train with that [bleep] after that performance you put
on earlier at the park.” [timer chimes]
>>Man: Ten punches!>>Before I knew it,
it was like, “yeah, you’re fighting.”>>Commentator: From that happy
go lucky and smiling Diaz family, it’s Nathan Diaz.>>Nate: I was 21-22-23,
and fighting three to five times a year.>>Commentator #2: He’s really
learning everything there is to know about mma.>>Commentator #3: He’s not
going to get out of that.>>Commentator #2: No, he’s not.>>I didn’t even realize it, but
a career was happening.>>Buffer: Diaz!>>Joe: Outstanding performance
by young, Nate Diaz!>>Mike: Nate Diaz by
submission!>>This is our division, we’re
going to beat your asses, that’s what up.>>Kenny Florian: Diaz
just relentless!>>Joe: Nate Diaz has arrived! Spectacular in every single
aspect of the game! 2-0-9.>>Nate: Stockton, Cali, baby.>>Narrator: After a decade
spent facing top competition in the UFC…>>Mike: Nate Diaz becomes the
first man to stop Jim Miller!>>Narrator: …
Diaz noticed the game evolving.>>Stockton and what!>>Conor: This is the beginning
of the McGregor era.>>Mike: In a span of just
two years, Conor McGregor has gone from
relative unknown, to superstardom.>>Narrator: Sport blended with
entertainment…>>This guy is a dead
man walking.>>Narrator: …and new
athletes could achieve superstardom quickly.>>Joe: He’s most certainly the
biggest star in mma by a long shot. What he’s been able to do in
such a short period of time has been nothing short of
magnificent.>>There’s been ways with
these people, but nobody has been fighting
top-ten fighters the whole time. I’ve been in a high level
since I started.>>Joe: This might be the best
shape we’ve ever seen him ever in his UFC career. He’s taking it very seriously.>>Narrator: Diaz saw the credit
he deserved, being misdirected, and it was
about time to collect.>>Buffer: Nate Diaz!>>Conor McGregor, you’re
taking everything I’ve worked for [bleep]. I’m going to fight
your [bleep] ass. You know what’s the real fight,
what’s the real money fight. It’s me!>>Narrator: He would punch his
long overdue ticket to the spotlight…>>Mike: Nathan Diaz has come a
long way from being Nick’s little brother.>>Narrator: … in
back to back billings against Conor McGregor…>>Joe: Tremendous pressure by
Nate Diaz! Diaz is going off!>>Narrator: … completing
his journey from the bottom, to the very top. [man yelling in
background “Nate!] [dramatic music with crowd
cheering in background] [instrumental music]>>Narrator: For Jorge Masvidal,
he too was ready to capitalize on a life’s work in the
fight game, and would recently identify, his
own way to break through.>>Masvidal: I’m the split
decision king in the UFC. I have the most split
decision losses. And I go, “How about it I
had won that fight, where would my career be?” Then I said, “Why the hell am I
thinking like a peasant, like so petty? How about if I just ended people
and no decision?” [instrumental dramatic music]>>Masvidal: I had to separate
myself from the pack. Only way to do that is to
end individuals. So that being said, fools are
getting baptized man, from here on out.>>John: Darren Till fights
back on U.K. shores, up and coming. So close to realizing his dream
of wearing UFC gold. Jorge Masvidal is here. He said he wanted a top ten
opponent, he gets one.>>Narrator: In his last
two outings, Masvidal certainly put the
game on notice.>>Dan: Oh! Oh!>>John: He’s out! Jorge Masvidal gets a massive
knockout win!>>Narrator: Devastating
knockout of former title-challenger, Darren Till,
paved the way for a summer showdown with undefeated
grappler and confident trash-talker, Ben Askren.>>Askren: So we got Jorge and
now he wants to put on this role as though it was his idea
to take the fight. It definitely was not, he was
trying to do everything he could to avoid it. This guy is weak, there is no
way he could ever beat me. He just doesn’t get it done when
it comes to those fights that will put him over the hump. They didn’t even keep the
idiot away from me. He’s that dumb and I don’t want
any chances that he’s going to do something stupid
before the fight. Bye-bye, Jorgey! How mad is Jorge going to get
at the face-off? It’s going to be so funny.>>Ariel Helwani: How you win?
>>Askren: Anyway I want.>>Joe: What’s happening, Vegas!>>Jorge: He got nothing to
say now. He got nothing to say now. I don’t like this dude, I
want to break his [bleep] face, man. I want to break his
[bleep] rib-cage.>>Askren: His muscles aren’t
very big and his beard is pretty ugly, but besides that,
I think it’s going to be total domination.>>Anik: Askren, the favorite as
you would expect. Jorge Masvidal, a live underdog
according to many tonight. Alright, so here’s the number
five ranked welterweight in the world, Ben Askren. He’s injected so much energy and
flavor into this welterweight division since signing
with the UFC.>>Joe: He’s going to grab you
and squeeze your head. He’s going to put that grip
strength on you and you’re going to get confused. He’s going to hit you
with that funk, that weird wrestling and you’re
not going to know what to do.>>Paul Felder: Absolutely, Ben
a freak of nature when it comes to the grappling and
the wrestling. I’m excited to see how he
handles it against somebody who has been in this Octagon many
times like Jorge Masvidal.>>Anik: Undefeated in the
streets and making the walk for his 47th professional
fight here tonight. Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal.>>Buffer: Fighting
out of Miami, Florida: Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal!>>Anik: And these guys just
flapping gums at each other any chance they get.>>Ref: Fight!>>Anik: The fight clock is
brought to you by Modelo.>>Joe: Oh!>>Anik: Oh!>>Joe: Out cold!>>Anik: Wow! One of the greatest knockouts
you’ll ever see!>>Joe: Oh, my goodness!>>Anik: Gamebred! And he’s just turned in the
fastest knockout in UFC history.>>Ref: Ben, the fight’s
over, mate.>>Joe: Yeah, he’s still out.>>Ref: Nice and easy. Hold on. It’s okay, brother.>>Joe: That was a brutal,
brutal knockout.>>Anik: And everyone in this
arena in awe of what they just saw. [Masvidal] :>>Buffer: By knockout: Jorge
“Gamebred” Masvidal!>>Masvidal: That dude was
talking wild, man. You know? I had to show him that there’s
consequences sometimes. There’s some bad [bleep] out there and you don’t want to
wake them up.>>Joe: Congratulations, sir.>>You guys are welcome for
ending that dude.>>Joe: Jorge Masvidal, ladies
and gentlemen! [crowd cheering trailing off in
background]>>Narrator: UFC 244’s
main event, will feature Latin welterweight
Jorge Masvidal, whose Cuban father –
Jorge senior…>>Narrator: …made his way
to Miami, Florida in the early 1970’s…>>Narrator: …
when he fled from the Communist
rule of the Cuban government. [coffee machine whirring in
background]>>Jorge Sr: This is the
Cuban way. Cuban coffee and a cigar. [Speaking Spanish]>>Masvidal: My father made his
way to the United States a very daring, brave way. He got tires from tractors and they made them into a boat, a raft, and just took
off you know? [food sizzling in hot oil]>>Jorge Sr: At that time, they
were taking you to the army and they were preparing you to
send you to Africa to fight. And I don’t fight for no
communist, man. I am against everything against
Communist. They are not good for nothing. So I decided at 15 years old to
come to the United States. [speaking Spanish]>>Masvidal: Pork’s my weakness. His belief was so firm that he
was willing to risk his life for it. [speaking Spanish]>>[speaking Spanish]>>I can’t imagine how much
emotion he really has, because he’s not very good at
expressing it. I can just see it in his eyes. He doesn’t like to talk about
things like that too, but he sees me and his eyes
light up every time you know? [speaking Spanish]>>Masvidal: He’s so
proud of me, man, it’s crazy how much
he loves me.>>[Speaking Spanish] [Speaking Spanish]>>Narrator: Jorge Masvidal
Senior has always had reason to be proud of his son, but it was the most
recent knockout victory, that would send
shock-waves across the MMA universe…>>Joe: Oh! Out cold!>>Anik: One of the greatest
knockouts you’ll ever see!>>Narrator: … and the
American Top Team product, is getting more recognition than
ever before.>>Man: Oh, we got a bad-boy
fighter from the streets of Miami with us.>>Yes, indeed!>>We are joined by one of the
hottest fighters the UFC has ever seen, Jorge Masvidal.>>”Here, Mr. Masvidal: I’m a
huge fan of yours and have been for years. You are one of the greatest
fighters on the planet and one of the best ever.” I appreciate that, my brother. For a long time, nobody
knew who I was, it was just a very small
core group, so I think it’s awesome.>>It’s been a long time
coming, huh?>>It was the perfect storm
really to catapult George to another level.>>Your entire 5 second fight,
that has sort have become the stuff of legend.>>Mike Brown: He comes out and
gets the fastest K.O. in UFC history in
devastating fashion.>>Why does he look like he’s
sleeping on the job, somebody tell me. Why did they ever put this guy
in there with me, Primo?>>It was a pretty
amazing moment.>>Joe: Masvidal just
made a statement.>>Masvidal: That dude was
talking wild, man. I had to show him that there are
some bad [bleep] out there and you don’t want to
wake them up.>>George, by your definition,
what is a bad [bleep]?>>A couple of ways you can
describe it, but I would say somebody more
than anything, true to themselves. I love to do this to people,
freeze them up you know? That’s why I love competing.>>Man: Ready– one, two, three.
[camera shutters]>>Masvidal: I love to do that. That’s my gift to the world. For those seconds that I
captivate your mind and you’re just speechless, you’re welcome.>>Am I the only one
in the room, afraid, I mean I’m
genuinely afraid. [crowd laughing]>>Narrator: Masvidal’s crowning
achievement, took place while Nate Diaz was
on the shelf, a midst a hiatus that spanned
nearly three years. But he was always active at the
Nick Diaz Academy in Stockton, preparing for an
inevitable comeback, if he could just find a worthy
opponent.>>I was trying to get a fight
and I wanted a big fight, I didn’t want no joker
fight, you know? A lot of fights I’ve lost
because somebody has held onto me real tight and it’s more ran
from me and kicked at me and ran and grabbed a hold. So they were just stopping the
fight from happening. [pads thumping]>>Nate: I’m sick of these
lame-ass guys trying to not fight. [dramatic music with
pads thumping]>>Come on! Go! Go! [pads thumping and
Diaz grunting]>>Yeah!>>You can have a guy
that’s 50-0, but you know if he’s fighting
the clock and not the other person, then nobody is really
ever going to care. [pads thumping and
Diaz grunting]>>Nate: It’s all about real
warfare. That’s what I grew up
training in, under Caesar Gracie jiu-jitsu
and Nick Diaz.>>There you go!>>We’re going for the finish by any means. So I might as well fight and
guys are trying to take me out.>>Stephan Bonnar: Oh,
my goodness!>>Todd Harris: Pettis
with the kick!>>Narrator: Former lightweight
champion Anthony Pettis…>>Joe: It came out of nowhere!>>Narrator: … is
one of the most breathtaking finishers in UFC history…>>Joe: That kid is so talented.>>Narrator: …
and his continued success, caught the attention of Diaz.>>Crushed him, [bleep].>>He’s a real fighter, he’s
been in the game. He tries to finish people
and take them out and he has good fights.>>Brendan Fitzgerald: Anthony
“Showtime” Pettis! Whoa!>>And that’s what we got.>>Anik: It’s hard to recall a
more anticipated recent mma return than Diaz getting back on
the proving ground tonight.>>Joe: Nate Diaz is a
fighter’s fighter. He loves to scrap and he
relishes combat.>>Anik: He now awaits the man
they call “Showtime.” A man who has a highlight reel
that stacks up with any fighter in the game. It’s not just “flash” as
he puts it, it’s flash with some
serious substance.>>Joe: Wild stuff that
comes out of nowhere and a full range of techniques. And if you take him down, no
picnic on the ground either. He’s just got a full range
of skills.>>Buffer: Fighting out of
Stockton, California!>>Anik: They have been on
each other’s radars for nearly a decade. It’s the 414 versus the
209, Nate Diaz, ending his near three year
layoff here tonight.>>Ref: Ready to fight? Ready to fight? Let’s go!>>Joe: Diaz with a lot
of pressure, Pettis caught him though with a
right hand there. Oh, there’s that high kick.>>Anik: Pro-Diaz crowd trying
to get behind their fighter.>>Cruz: This is where Diaz can
get up the most, if he can turn it into a dirty
boxing match, take the kicks out of
the equation.>>Work him there! Work your space, Nathan!>>Joe: He can also try to
exhaust and slow him down. Diaz has a solid ground game. Pettis gave up his back, he
gave up his back. This is huge for Diaz. [horn sounds]
>>Ref: Stop!>>Cruz: The first round was
great by Diaz, we’ll see how he adjusts.>>Joe: Nate is doing a good job
of staying on top of him, smothering him, making
it difficult for him to uncork those shots. Pettis looks like he’s
fading a bit.>>Anik: Oh!>>Joe: Oh, big elbow. The Diaz brothers are both known
for having sensational cardio. Big knee up the middle, a
right hand by Nate.>>Anik: Now an elbow
from Pettis.>>Joe: Oh, man this is
phone-booth warfare. [horn sounds]>>Ref: Stop!>>Anik: Wow!>>Joe: Pettis slumps down,
he’s exhausted.[woman singing] ♪
One day I”m going to die ♪♪ take
you home with me ♪>>Duke Roufus: Stand
up, breath. Come on, dig deep.[woman singing] ♪
You can put me in the ground ♪♪ but the storm will
swell you’ll see ♪>>Ref: Alright, gentlemen,
third and final round. Let’s go!>>Cruz: Here we are, right back
in the phone-booth. Diaz loves this style of
fight right here.>>Joe: This is his world, this
is what he lives for. When he sees you fading, it
gives him energy like right here. It’s the volume–beautiful left
hand by Diaz. Another right hand. A left hand.>>Cruz: Oh! Big spinning elbow!>>Anik: Oh!
>>Cruz: Oh, he got him! Those knees are heavy!
>>Anik: Another knee for Diaz! Oh, Nate Diaz!
>>Joe: Huge knees. Pettis is in trouble.>>He’s ready to go, Nate. He’s ready to go![woman singing] ♪
I bring the wind and the rain ♪>>Joe: He’s getting his back,
he’s beating him up.[woman singing] ♪ I
bring suffering and pain ♪>>Joe: Looking for the choke.[woman singing] ♪ I’m going
to tear your houses down ♪>>Joe: Oh, has the arm. Lost it.>>Cruz: High level battle on
the ground right here.>>Joe: He’s got it
under the chin. Pettis reverses it again,
this is crazy. [horn sounds]
>>Ref: Stop![woman singing] ♪ I’m going
to tear your houses down ♪♪ and wash away this town ♪>>Anik: For those who maybe
thought the layoff would be a factor for Nate Diaz, it
certainly was not. Back and seemingly better than
ever tonight.>>Buffer: By unanimous
decision: Nate Diaz! [crowd cheering]>>It felt good to be back.>>Do you think you will be back
permanently now? You took a nice long layoff of
three years off.>>The reason I was off is
because everybody sucked and there was nobody to fight,
but Jorge Masvidal had a good last fight. Good last fight. There ain’t no gangstas in this
game anymore, there ain’t nobody who done it
right but me and him, so I know my man’s a
gangsta, but he ain’t no West Coast gangster. You know what I’m saying?>>Joe: Oh, my goodness this is
going to be fun. Oh, please make that happen.>>He’s been in the game, he’s
trying to finish people and take him out and he’s got
good fights. It’s a worthy opponent to me. I want to be involved
in real fights, because I’m a real martial
artist and I want to fight real martial artists. If anybody wants some of
it, come get it.>>Cruz: Just let these two
go at it, everybody wants to see it,
they’re both going to scrap, neither of them are going
to lay down.>>Until then, everybody needs
to step their game up. You got to recognize who’s the
best of the best in this game and it’s not who
they’re saying it is, it’s who I’m saying it is.>>Narrator: Motivation is
rarely in short supply, for lifelong fighters like top
five UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal, but he always welcomes
an added push… [speaking Spanish]>>Narrator: … from
one of the first mentors he’s ever had, striking coach
Paulino Hernandez.>>Masvidal: Not only did he
mentor me in sports, but in life. He put me in the right path and
I mean there’s not a day he doesn’t call me and make sure
I’m on the right path. [speaking Spanish]>>You know there’s a lot of
times where I’ll get to a practice and it’s a second
practice or the third practice of the day and I’m like, “I
don’t got it in me.” Paulino will look right into my
soul and tell me, “No, we’re going to find it.” [speaking Spanish]>>Narrator: In all
their years together, Masvidal and Hernandez
have never prepared for a fight as big as the
headliner that awaits them on November 2nd, against an opponent who
needs no introduction.>>Buffer: Nate Diaz!>>Masvidal: I’m not
fighting Joe Blow. I’m not fighting a dude
that’s doing it for the camera. Nathan Diaz, I know
he’s coming to fight, man.>>Masvidal: This guy
will fight just as hard if 10 people are watching or
the whole world is watching or it’s just me and
him in a parking lot.>>Eh, nice.>>Masvidal: Pain and fatigue
are not gonna be a question. So, when you add
those components, we’re talking about
we’ve got a fight. Nice. ♪♪ Ooh, nice.>>If you like violence, the
circus show comes into town, Madison Square Garden. You wanna see some wild animals? November 2nd. Tune in.>>Narrator: A coach
and student relationship is often necessary for guiding
fighters from street life to professional prominence. For Nate Diaz, that tutelage came under boxing
instructor Richard Perez…>>Right hook!
Right hook! Left then right, come on! That’s it, my man.>>Narrator:
…who is constantly helping
the next generation evade the trappings
of Stockton proper.>>Where’s that left
hand supposed to be? That’s it! Keep that
left hand up like that. There you go. I know people come from
Stockton come to my gym to train their kids who are
being bullied or been jumped. No, look! When you throw,
bring it back here. You’re doing this. Just leaving this open,
leaving this open. You wanna do this. There’s a little kid coming
here you would not believe, he’s real timid
and he beat up a kid because the kid
was bullying him, so he learned how to box. And that makes me feel good. When you throw
that right uppercut, come back with that left hook. Yeah, and turn. Yeah. I can have at least one person that nobody’s
picking on anymore. Oh, he’s boxing, you know. That’s all it takes, I’m happy.>>Narrator: Perez
concludes most of his days by welcoming
local hero Nate Diaz for an evening session to
prepare for his next fight, but some days, Diaz
trains on his own accord. Instead of a pad
workout with Perez, or jiu-jitsu training
at the Academy, Diaz takes to
the dead of night.>>Diaz: It’s 11:15 now. I’m sure– I’m sure
we’ll be here all night. We’re just getting started. For the most part,
I just get up and get done what
I gotta get done. Sometimes it’s
all during the day. Sometimes it’s all
during the night. [dramatic music] ♪♪ You put these long hours in and your mind’s
just talking to itself over and over and
over all day long. And you know what I
should do after this fight? [bleep] do this or get this. Get the McGregor fight. And I never plan on
saying what I say, but when Joe Rogan’s
holding you a mic and asking you a question,
what happens is, it’s just the truth comes out. [bleep] that! Conor McGregor, you’re taking everything
I worked for, [bleep]. I’m ‘a fight your [bleep] ass. So, how about here’s a thought.>>Anik: Oh!
>>Joe: Pettis is in trouble!>>Diaz:
Let’s just show who’s the
baddest [bleep] in the game and it’s me.
I’m saying that right now. I’m gonna defend
against this [bleep]. Jorge Masvidal had
a good last fight. Good last fight. So, I know my man’s a gangster, but he ain’t no
West Coast gangster. Know what I’m saying? And now, everybody sees it. They feel that they believe it. And then they make
a special [bleep].>>White: This is for the
baddest [bleep] in the game. So, I said to my guys,
listen, tell me if I’m crazy, but what do you think about us actually having a baddest
[bleep] in the game belt?>>Joe: Oh! Nate Diaz has
never looked better.>>White: I will
physically have that belt when I come back to New York. It’ll be ready.>>Masvidal: Of all
the bad mother effers that they’ve seen walk
through the doors of the UFC.>>Cormier:
Masvidal is a guy that just
loves to fight, man. He is 100% sure
that this is his time.>>Masvidal: They
deem this fight the two baddest
[bleep] they’ve ever seen. So, let’s get it.>>Diaz: You can
fight for phony belts, you can fight for best
[bleep] in the game.>>Narrator: On November 2nd
in New York City…>>Joe: Big knee up the middle,
right hand by Nate.>>Narrator: …two world class
welterweights bred by combat…>>Joe: That was a brutal,
brutal knockout.>>Narrator: …realize the
culmination of a life’s work…>>Commentator: Nathan
Diaz takes care of business.>>Narrator: …from the
streets to the Octagon, and from backyards
to the mecca. When the dust
settles at UFC 244, the baddest man will rise.>>Diaz: I’m training hard. I’m training to go for the kill
and get the job done.>>Masvidal: I’m coming
to end somebody. I know he’s not
gonna take a step back. What happens, you know?
I can recall another one like that. I think it was in ’85, when all that androgyny s**t was going on. What was wild was that the guy who looked the most like a bitch
was getting all the women. Even I had Jheri curls coming out and I had my s**t slicked
to the side and all that. If you wearing baggy s**t
now and you acting hard, if you from L.A., you
motherf**kers was wearing some strange s**t. We in the club, we getting
our groove on, shaking it up, and Prince came in. That’s when “Purple Rain” came out, and Prince was the s**t. You know what I’m sayin’? Prince had on like a – it was
like a Zorro-type outfit. He had the ruffles that come down the front, he had
the big perm fluffed out and all that.
And this mustache that was drawn on his face. It looked like something that a figure skater would wear. You know what I’m saying? And he was with his whole crew, and he had this other cat named Micki Free. And Micki Free was, like, the new cat in Shalamar, that, when he joined the group, I heard mad cats were like, “Yo, Shalamar got a new girl in there, man. That bitch fine like a motherf**ker.” They was talking about Micki Free. OK? Micki Free is not a girl. Alright? They came over where we was at, Prince talks to my brother. Hello, Eddie Murphy. Prince! What’s up? I’m a big fan of your comedies. Ooh, that’s hot, Prince. Would you like to come to my house and listen to some music? Ooh, that’s cool. Fruity, get the car. Assemble your crew. I’ll be outside. We went up there. We get there, he puts the
tracks on, tracks was slammin’. You know what I mean? and we listening to the
music and everything. We groovin’ at the crib. They got girls over there. Yeah, nice environment. It was tight. This bores me. Is anyone up for a game of basketball? [Laughs] How about you and your friends versus me and the Revolution? [Laughs] So I was like, this n****
must be joking, man. I mean, I don’t know where he’s
going with this s**t, but he was dead serious. He had his help or whatever go and get some, like, shorts and sneakers
and gave ’em to us. And I’m laughing. I’m like, this is gonna be some funny-ass s**t. So they come out, right? And I look at them. And they still got on the same s**t they was wearing at the club. [Laughing]
It was wild. I was like, I know they
ain’t thinking about playing ball in that, but they were. I said, “Hey, you know what? Yo, we gonna call this the
shirts against the blouses.” [Laughing] And when I said that, this look came on his face. -Uh-uh.
-He ice grilled me!
-Uh-uh. And I’m looking back at
him, thinking to myself, you know, what are you angry about? I mean, you know where you got that shirt from, and it damn sure wasn’t
the men’s department. I mean, I kind of learned something that day. Never judge a book by its cover. This cat could ball, man. Play ball. He was
crossing cats like Iverson. Crossed me out! Made my knees stand together. He was gettin’ rebounds
like Charles Barkley, snatchin’ it down. Shoot the J. Shoot it! Let’s run a play. Computer blue. Darling picky. They was kind of
settin’ these fruity picks, man. You know what I’m sayin’? Like, you be trying to check Prince, and then you got this cat standing behind you, and he’s getting close to you, and his hands is out like this. You don’t really wanna be bent over in front of a cat like that. You know what I’m saying? Owww!
Prince was incredible! Prince, you got a towel, man? It’s kind of hot out here, man. Why don’t you purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka? Good! In your face, Charlie Murphy. Good! Good hustle. Yo, man, I’m not on your team. Uhhnn… Uhhnn… Uhhnn…
Uhhnn… Uhhnn… Uhhnn… I mean, it wasn’t
even like it was close. It was a landslide victory. Game. Blouses. I was there! I seen it! You don’t believe me? You think I’m making it up? You think I’m trying to, uh, you know, enhance the story because I’m involved and try to give myself
an excuse for losing ’cause I’m telling you
a story about Prince? I dare you to challenge Prince to a game of ball one-on-one. Challenge him! Aight? And then make sure your people
is there to see the game! ’Cause you might get embarrassed. Trust me. Alright. He beat you in basketball,
and then what happened? After it was all over, he took us in the house
and served us pancakes. Pancakes. I gotta admit, though – it was a good game. I wish I could say the same for you and your crew of flunkies. Do you guys want some grapes? I mean, you know, there’s
some great storytellers in the world that we live in today, man. Bitches. Who the f**k can make up that s**t? We gonna hang out with Rick James tonight.
You know what I’m sayin’? Here he comes out the
room, and I look at him, and I’m not bulls**tting, man, I seen, like – like a orange… His
aura or whatever? I seen it. It was orange. ♪ Give it to me baby ♪ We started kicking it, and
he was mad n*****ish, man, which was, you know, right up my alley. I’m one of the baddest
motherf**kers of all time. One of the best singers, and one of the best-lookin’
motherf**kers you’ve ever seen. Hold my drink, bitch. He’d walked up to any chick and lick the whole
side of their face, man. I’m Rick James, bitch. Enjoy yourself. [Laughs] We got closer, started hanging out. My brother didn’t do any of this s**t. So at night, when Eddie would break out, we would all be getting crazy and wild. If I was hanging with Rick, he had this thing with me where he used to always, like, f**k with me, man. I don’t know what started it. Charlie, he was hanging out with the big dogs, you know? Charlie didn’t know. He was doing crazy things, and
I had to straighten him out. Sometimes, I had to go upside his head. Things, like, escalated to the point where, you know, my man got too familiar, and I ended up having to whoop his ass, man. You know? Because he would step across
the line…habitually. He’s a habitual line-stepper. First time, you know, I had to end up whooping his ass, uh…we went to Studio 54. We walking up into the VIP section, and, um… I’m looking around and
seeing who was there, and looking at the girls and everything, and all of
a sudden, I heard someone go. Charlie Murphy! That was cold-blooded! [Laughs] He had this ring on to commemorate this song he had put out called “Unity.” And this was imprinted in
that black head of his for at least a week. Unityyy! Eddie and
everybody else thought that that was the funniest s**t. So that threw me in a weird
space, ’cause I’m like, yeah, this is Rick James. He’s a star. I’m Rick James, bitch! This is a celebration, bitch!
[Laughs] Maybe I’m overreacting. I actually went there. Like, maybe I shouldn’t do nothin’. But my ghetto side was going, “Yo, stomp this motherf**ker out right here. What the f**k is wrong with him?” I drunk some wine, and I’m just getting started, bitches! [Laughs] He totally just wrote me off, like I’m that n**** to steal on.
You know what I’m sayin’? But what, he gonna smack me back? I’m Rick James. He’s Charlie Murphy. I waited, ’cause I knew
what hotel he was stayin’ in. Eddie and them went home. I said, I’ll be right back. I shot over to the hotel,
went up to his room, knocked on the door. So then he comes in there, and I said, “Look, bitch, I’m Rick James.
Smacked him!” [Laughs] Oh! Charlie Murphy! He had his hand cocked
to throw another right hand. When he was comin’ for it, I just came. Bow! Caught him with the front. He’ll tell it like he gave me some kind of Bruce Lee cross kick or somethin’. I kicked the s**t out of him, man. [Screams] The wind was knocked out of him. And then he screams out, “Security!” The one in the front,
he had crooked eyes. His one eye was lookin’ at me, and the other one was lookin’ at Rick. Rick had edged over by the window. Now, Darkness, the tables are turned. Do with him whatever you’d like. You motherf**kers take one more step, I’m kicking this n**** out
the motherf**kin’ window. Bobby, freeze! You know you was wrong for
what you did to me earlier. Look what you did to my face! I’m sorry, Charlie Murphy. It was an accident. I was having too much fun. I offer you a truce: the stickiest of the icky. You wanna smoke with
the old boy Rick James? Yo, man, my forehead is bumpin’, man. Now that you mention it, I think I’m bleedin’ inside my chest. But I got the medicine. Bitch, come over here and
have sex with Charlie Murphy! I’m Rick James, bitch. [Clapping] That was how that
particular incident ended, but it wasn’t the last time
I had to whoop his ass…
whoop his ass… whoop his ass… Don’t you think Charlie’s a little old to be takin’ karate? He probably taking it
with the little kids. Yeah, Charlie whooped my ass in his dreams. I told you, Charlie had delusions
of grandeur in his head. The Studio 54 thing, that blew over.
You know what I’m sayin’? But then, you know, here we go again. Cocaine is a hell of a drug. [Laughs] Rick is incorrigible. You know? He shows up at my
brother’s house f**ked up. – Nice place, n****. So he had these dirty cowboy boots on. Pushes us out of the
way, barges in our house. My brother had these brand
new couches – they was suede. Right? And he gets on the couch and says, “Why don’t I stretch out?” [Laughs] And just started grinding
mud on this new couch, man. Yeah, I remember grinding
my feet in Eddie’s couch. You remember why you did it? ’Cause Eddie could buy another one. F**k your couch, n****. Buy another one, you rich motherf**ker. F**k your couch, n****! F**k your couch! Darknesses! Darknesses! Because of my complexion,
he used to call me Darkness. He calls me and my brother Darkness. He calls us Darkness Brothers. See, this is long before Wesley Snipes. Back then, we was the
blackest n****s on the planet, according to Rick James. Eddie – both of them
was Brother Darkness. Twin Brother Darkness. And we standing there lookin’ at him, he’s lookin’ right in our eyes, as he grinds his mud. See, I never just did
things just to do them. Come on. I mean, what am I gonna do, just all of a sudden just jump up and grind my feet in somebody’s couch like it’s, you know, somethin’ to do? Come on. I got a little
more sense than that. Yeah I remember grindin’
my feet in Eddie’s couch. [Tape rewinding] See, I never just did
things just to do them. Come on. I mean, what am I gonna do, just all of a sudden just jump up and grind my feet in somebody’s couch like it’s, you know, somethin’ to do? Come on. I got a little
more sense than that. Yeah I remember grindin’ my feet in Eddie’s couch. But then it was like, you know
what? Let’s handle this. We went over there. Hey! Charlie Murphy! We held him down, and we
just whaled on his legs. Auuughhh! Auuughhh! You Darkness, you black, midnight, evil motherf**ker! Black magic, Darkness! You raw darkness, you…f**kin’…
delirious…motherf**ker. Ahh! You are cold as ice. But still, Rick James, even after
taking a beating like that… F**k your couch, n****. This motherf**ker’s goin’ out. His legs is like linguine. I’ve been kicked out of
better homes than this! I’ll be back, you black motherf**ker! Wide-nose-havin’ motherf**ker! They should’ve never
gave you n****s money! You don’t know how to appreciate s**t! You know you can get another couch! What am I gonna do about
my legs, Eddie Murphy? My brother, you know – he’s a lot
more compassionate than I am. He’s lookin’, and the limo’s drivin’ off. And he said, “Wow, man. Rick really needs help.” I was like, “Yo, we
just gave him some help. Bust his f**kin’ ass and s**t. I bet you he won’t come over here and disrespect like that again. Wrong. Wrong! We talkin’ about Rick James, man. Cocaine’s a hell of a drug. [Laughs]