Diaz is as tough as they come in MMA but he doesn’t like playing by the rules. In his mind, he’s constantly being wronged by judges who score rounds in favor of fighters opting to take things to the mat instead of duke it out while standing. He’s also gone on record as saying the possibility of Georges St-Pierre being a few tenths of a pound over 170 should merit a rematch despite GSP’s relative dominance in the bout. He’s retired in back-to-back instances after falling by decision, unapologetically brushed off suspensions for marijuana use, and can make a conspiracy theory out of anything if need be.
While on the surface it may seem as simple as who scores the most strikes, takedowns, and submission attempts, there are numerous other factors that go into every fight when it comes to determining the individual who eventually exits the ring with a victory in tow. How healthy was each competitor entering the clash? Were there any personal issues affecting performance? Was cheating, poor officiating, or questionable judging involved? The list goes on and on…especially when it comes to a number of UFC veterans who tend to come up with all sorts of reasons for their failures in the Octagon. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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