After dropping two straight, Nate Diaz is taking a different approach to fighting. He’s coming up with specific strategies to beat his opponents.
“I think I could have easily won both of those last two fights, but I just need to keep doing what I’m doing and keep having good fights and strategies for each fight.”
“I go in there, and I just start fighting,” Diaz said. “I feel like I would fight to the death. But right now I’m losing because of that.
“I’ve got to go in there and fight the UFC rules, score points, and fight the way [my opponents] are fighting, I guess. It might end up being a bit lamer, but I’ve got to consider winning the judges over in case it goes to a decision.”
Crazy, huh? Yeah, not exactly groundbreaking, but it seems to have given him a ton of confidence for his fight against Melvin Guillard at UFC Fight Night 19 this Wednesday night.
“I’m going in there to fight and whoop this guy’s ass,” Diaz said. “If I lose, I’ll keep training and fight again as soon as possible, but I’m planning on going in there and winning. I know I can whoop these guys’ asses in the lightweight division.”
Notice how Nate failed to mention his opponent’s name? Well, he also failed to show for today’s media conference call. Why? Because Nate Diaz “doesn’t do” teleconferences with his opponent on the line according to his manager Cesar Gracie. Gee, who does that sound like?
It’s too bad he wasn’t on the call though, because after Guillard was done talking about how his stint in rehab for cocaine was a wake-up call to get his shit together, he said this about Diaz.
“As a fighter I think he’s just an average fighter.” Guillard said. “When you talk about guys like Clay Guida, Joe Stevenson, Diego Sanchez, and myself [and] Gray Maynard. You get guys that bring something special to the game. Diaz is just one of those guys who won The Ultimate Fighter so people are going to talk a lot about him because he won The Ultimate Fighter, but as far as him bringing something special to the ring, I don’t see anything special about his game.”
So says the guy whose six of seven losses came by way of submission about the guy who has won seven of his fourteen fights via submission. I know who I’m picking.