UFC lightweights Nate Diaz and Benson Henderson have a similar number of wins. However, there is significant gap between the two talented 155ers when it comes to the percentage of victories each has earned by way of a finish compared to outpointing opponents. Specifically, Diaz has scored stoppages against 14/16 foes with Henderson only doing the same in ten of his seventeen instances of success.
As such, Diaz knows it’s important for him to continue his trend of taking adversaries out before scorecards come into play when he faces Henderson for the divisional championship at UFC on FOX 5. Also, considering he’s lost six of his seven bouts by way of decision and “Bendo” hasn’t avoided going the distance since April 2010, the need to avoid judges’ input on the outcome of their December 8 clash is even more crucial.
“I don’t think I’ve got a chance of winning any type of decision. So I gotta go out there and do what I can do to try and finish my opponent, try to be the better fighter and win the fight,” said Diaz in an interview with Inside MMA. “Either way, if it goes to a decision, I’m going to try to be the one outscoring, outpointing and outdoing him.”
The 155-pounder’s coach/manager, Cesar Gracie, echoed the same sentiments on the show, throwing in the possibility of ringside officials being biased when it comes to scoring scraps involving Diaz or his brother (welterweight Nick Diaz).
“I’ve never really seen a close decision where the nod is given to the Diaz’s. If it’s close, they’re going to lose,” stated Gracie. “I don’t know why, maybe the judges don’t really care for them much that much; they’re brash.”
Check out the complete interview with Diaz/Gracie below:
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