At yesterday’s UFC 263 press conference, the fans showed how much they love them Nate Diaz remains, although for some time we have seen the man representing step “209” inside the octagon.
Stockton did not fight for more than 18 months. His last fight was a defeat to Gamebred Jorge Massvidal in 2019, which ended prematurely with the termination of doctors after the third round. The Uygh competed for the solemn “BMF” belt, which was Diaz’s title, to show how much influence the Californian has in the UFC.
Not many UFC fighters can stay away from radars for so long, they can still get a lot of attention from fighting fans, but again, not many fighters are Nate Diaz. The man responsible for crushing Conor McGregor aura in 2016. As a weed-vegan southpaw smoker prepares for a tough test against Leon Edwards at UFC 263 tomorrow, let’s take a look at three key features of Diaz’s fighting style.
# 3 Nate Diaz Courage
Only in his third UFC fight before 2008 did Diaz fight against lightweight contender Kurt Pellegrino. In the second round, Stockton Slugger beat Pellegrino by drowning in a triangle. The infamous moment came when Diaz closed the suffocator completely with his feet, he opened his arms to the crowd, threw his middle fingers before Pellegrino surrendered.
It was this courage that made Diaz a cult icon in the UFC.
The Californian regularly uses the palm of his hand to attack his opponents, after which he shows them that they just got what is known as the “Stockton slap”.
Although Diaz holds the MMA professional record of 20-12, his faith in himself has never waned. He took part in each of those 32 fights with the utmost confidence.
# 2 Nate Diaz Pressure
Whether he wins the fight or loses, Nate Diaz comes with seemingly relentless pressure on his opponents. Southpaw has been battling since he was 11, and his contract is second to none in the UFC. His heart will allow him to fight for hours.
Although many of his shots will not land, it is the tremendous amount of attack that Diaz forces his opponents to defend, which makes him so dangerous inside the octagon. His most deadly weapon is the endless threat of blows, because as the lactic acid accumulates in his opponent’s body, these blows land more and more.
# 1 Nate Diaz Durability
There are fighters who can punch, and then there is Nate Diaz. Although the Stockton has a black belt in ji-jitsu, he is a very street fighter by nature. Probably a factor as to why they’re doing so poorly.
Conor McGregor can personally testify to this resilience. The Irishman grabbed Diaz several times with that phenomenal left hand when they met in 2016, a blow that will shed most of the fighters. As the round progressed, it was the bloody Nate Diaz who got into a fight and was unlucky enough to stop near the end.