Nate Diaz is perhaps Stockton’s most famous son, and now he has the hardware to prove it.
On Saturday, Mayor Kevin J. Lincoln awarded Diaz the “key to the city” of his California hometown at a Stockton Kings game. The Kings, formerly known as the Bighorns and based in Reno, Nevada until 2018, are the NBA affiliate of the Sacramento Kings in the G-League.
See photos and video of the ceremony here.
“We want to thank you for the courage and determination you show every time you go into battle,” Lincoln praised Diaz. “And I want you to know that tenacity and determination are built into the very fabric of the city you represent.”
Throughout his 18-year fighting career, Diaz has often referred to his roots in Stockton. He and his brother Nick have become icons in the community as they have found success in the UFC and Strikeforce among other notable promotions.
Diaz is currently a free agent, having waived his contract at UFC 279 last September by defeating Tony Ferguson via submission. Wherever he goes next, his loyalty to his hometown will not waver.
“I want to say I’m honored, a big thank you to Stockton, California for rocking with me,” Diaz said. “I’ve been rocking with Stockton all this time… I’ll rock Stockton forever, I’m not going anywhere.”