Diaz Looking for Finish of Henderson
Nate Diaz is extremely wary of how his older brother fared when he left the outcome a close fight in the hand's of the judges not too long ago. This is why the title contender is under the impression that he must either finish or blatantly dominate lightweight champion Benson Henderson if he wants to walk away with the belt on UFC on FOX on December 8th.
During a segment of AXS TV's "Inside MMA," Nate commented on his feelings towards the importance of imposing his will and/or ultimately finishing Henderson for the win. It's clear that Diaz knows that if he doesn't finish his opponent and Henderson appears to be in control of the match from any perspective imaginable, the judge's decision will not go his way.
"I just don't think that I have any chance of winning any type of decision. So, I gotta go out there and do what I gotta do to finish my opponent, be the better fighter and win the fight. Either way. If it goes to a decision, I'm gonna try to be the one outscoring, outpointing and outdoing him."
Cesar Gracie, the famed trainer of the Diaz brothers along with several other UFC standouts, also appeared on the show. He voiced his mutual opinion concerning the Diaz's relationship with the judges and expressed what type of performance Nate must display to gain their approval.
"So, yeah, unfortunately, we gotta get those finishes or win something so lopsided that we get a decision. We saw that with B.J. Penn. I've never seen a close decision where the nod was given to the Diaz's. If it's close, they're gonna lose. I don't know why. I think, maybe, the judges don't care for them that much. They're brash. I really don't know. But, for whatever it is, at the end of the day, the fans know who it is who wins the fights, and the fans are the ones who love to see these guys fight."
Nate Diaz has always come into a fight thinking that he has something to prove, and it has definitely served him well throughout his career. He has won a total of 10 fight bonus checks for either "Fight of the Night" or "Submission of the Night" in his six years with the UFC. Considering the Diaz's history with split decisions and the judges tendency to side with the champion in the case of close fights, it's safe to say that fans should expect Nate to leave it all in the Octagon in his first ever UFC title fight on UFC on FOX.
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