Above is not the Diaz they need to be expecting which is more frightening than anything, they being everyone of the brass left from the sale and the Conor squad including STANS. The Diaz that boxed Conor up in round 2 and showed how inept he is when put across from a better boxer is disturbing to the people that have either grown up boxing or know the details of the art of hand fighting. Like my man Brendan Dorman illustrated every time he saw the shot for a 2 he loaded up slid forward dropping his lead over extended and pulled his entire back foot off the canvas. If you were to show that to a group of golden glovers or amateurs they would cringe and laugh. Notice the smooth snake movement of Nathan Diaz his foot turns on the toe with his heel on the ground sometimes up but he’s driving through his toes ( I don’t think the heel is a huge issue like some coaches do seeing how you not wearing shoes and most people have an un-level in the foot so keeping the heel down is impractical) Back to the matter at hand the thing I have heard over and over again, but Conor did something that nobody has ever done he stormed Nathan… but of course he did. Nathan took the fight on 11 days which means 9 days of training and 3 of those will be dedicated to purely the weight cut. Okay so Conor who had an entire camp, but he wasn’t training for someone with that kind of cardio… Again sneaky lies folks, he was training for RDA a guy that subscribes to the Nick Curson conditioning program or for the uneducated the Marinovich method that turned BJ Penn into SUPER BJ PENN. So you’re telling me Conor wasn’t training cardio when his opponent is known for using cardio and pace as a weapon and has the cardio to just sprint and explode in each round like it’s the first 30 of round 1. “WHEN YOU SAY IT OUT LOUD DOESN’T THAT SH!T SOUND SILLY?”
Now for what expect from Nate this time around. As many people have noticed Diaz is thick right now but that’s not at the expense of his cardio or and skill movements that drive his striking style, or on the mats for that matter. Starting from most problematic on the scale for his opponents moving on down, boxing is at the very top of that list. I guess I will reiterate this point that the world’s top analyst wanted to ignore into the final results last time… but whatever, Nathan spared and currently spars with the best strikers in the worlds of boxing and kickboxing Andre Ward those Mexican American agro technical brawlers and a slew of slick LA boys, Joe Schilling and other killers out of the yard and around Cali. Conor sparred like once with a former South African champion that got murked out by Errol Spence Jr. who is on par with Andre skill for skill. Andre Ward and Joe both confirmed that Nate and Nick hold there own and give as much as they get so yeah. Striking wise it’s not a debate unlesssssssss…. Conor throw leg kicks like every other guy that has beat Nate, but recently that hasn’t even guaranteed a win allah Michael Johnson a Henri Hooft student that did his kickboxing sparring with a living GOAT in Nieky Holzken.
Yeah so what to expect this time around more of the same but don’t think Conors gonna find Nate with the straight 2, I have a problem with Nate kind of talking it off but I agree that if he’s sparring or hell training for real he see that shot before it’s chambered like he does in every other fight.
Physical advantage is the next on the list, speed and power will be a thing we see in this one. Timed burst while walking forward, something we saw from Nick Diaz in Strikeforce allah Nick Diaz vs Paul Daley, cough cough I feel like I said that before. Speed in this case not from a footwork standpoint but more so the punches and power will be increased. Cardio isn’t going to be a shock because of his already high base level, and his lifelong mentor was and is still the monster nobody wants to face at the weight class. So speed plus the power and cardio that was tested when Nate started his camp with a triathlon. You wanna talk about cardio that’s one of the highest level measure markers for anyone ever 2.5 mile swim, 100 plus mile bike, and a marathon yeah. Now for Conor again this historically for Diaz opponents has played out the same unless they are ruthless Cardio monsters themselves case in point young Josh Thompson and Bendo also both high level wrestlers as well. So in 3 months Conors gonna be ready to match pace, yeah not unless that dudes on EPO he’s not just gonna turn into Mighty Mouse over night.
Keeping it moving the ground game isn’t close and we all know this, if anywhere there is a huge gap it’s here. Nate is a Cesar GRACIE Black belt and has been on that level for a grip, training partner list is ridiculous Gilbert Melendez, Nick Diaz, Cesar Gracies Black Belts, KRON Gracie (GO F@$K Yourself the list should end here but nope), Rickson Gracie Black Belts, and instruction from RICKSON GRACIE ( BREAK YOURSELVES). It is not a close game on paper at all. Conors got Kavanagh, Gunnar, and Dillon Danis. Danis is the real name there coming out of Marcelo Garcia’s academy. However Marcelo is referred to as a Rickson type, while Kron is that and Rickson well yeah. Ground we saw how screwed Conor was and how Diaz cut through him and it was beautiful and perfect at every transition so I don’t see any change really again BJJ isn’t something you make huge jumps in in a 3 month period it would take month after month of direct focus and two a days to see any significant growth but meanwhile your opponent is so far in front and his lifestyle is somewhat centered around the art so the gap may get closed a little but not enough to notice.
So again how does anyone have Conor as the favorite is beyond me, personally mentally and skill wise it’s stacked against Conor as it should be but the advantages he had in the last fight don’t exist in the lack of a camp and a close proximity in weight with both guys weighing in at 168 and 169 respectively. Going back to a point I made earlier the Nathan Diaz we see this time will more likely be a version of the Michael Johnson and what we saw in his brother in Strikeforce. There is no give in this guy and mentally he’s stronger and a better mental fighter than anyone on the roster, when he throws the hands up like what, or points and clowns someone is all a part of the skill he dots fools up. Then he ends it once the opponent realizes there is no more running with these crazy homies and well that’s all I’ve got to say on the subject.