Stockton’s Diaz brothers fighting for more cops downtown

Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters Nick and Nate Diaz have signed on to help raise money to pay for police patrols in downtown Stockton.

The brothers are to appear Aug. 27 at Waterfront Warehouse to sign autographs and take photos between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Admission to the event is $10, and includes an autograph card, autograph and an introduction to the brothers. The brothers are also selling signed gloves and other memorabilia. There are more details on the Bring Back the Badge Facebook page and at the Downtown Stockton Alliance’s website.

Nick faces UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre in October. He had to vacate his Strikeforce welterweight title to secure the fight, which returns him to the UFC.

The Downtown Stockton Alliance put it together, along with Nena’s Mexican Restaurant, Chitiva’s Bar and Grill and others. Nena’s was the sight last week of a confrontation that led to a gunfight inside Waterfront Warehouse, and it was a crowd that had left Chitiva’s Saturday night that fought, leading to a fatal stabbing.

Disclosure: I trained with the Diaz brothers for awhile, back when my schedule allowed, and consider myself a partisan.

If you’re not, here’s a reason why you should be, from UFC 49. On one hand, it kills me to link to a fight Nick lost; on the other, the first round is a veritable grappling clinic:

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