It’s tough to correctly comprehend the emotions on Nick Diaz now that the expertise of his comeback combat is behind us. That was a rollercoaster of a combat week, and it ended with him bloodied and crushed by the hands of Robbie Lawler.
There have been a number of respectable issues about Diaz (26-10 MMA, 7-7 UFC) coming into his first bout since January 2015. His combat week request to maneuver from welterweight to middleweight was weird, and his pre-fight interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto raised a number of pink flags. A few of it may merely be written off as “Diaz being Diaz,” however different parts of his conduct and feedback have been really worrisome.
UFC president Dana White all the time says in regards to the Diaz bothers that regardless of the hoopla, he can all the time rely on them to enter the cage and combat. To Diaz’s credit score, he did simply that. It was a sluggish begin for him, however as extra time got here off the clock, he truly had some stable moments of success.
Diaz lulled Lawler into preventing precisely how one would suppose he would need, with the pair boxing from contained in the pocket and ripping pictures to one another’s physique and head. Diaz landed some good ones, however a tenacious Lawler simply did it just a little bit higher to get revenge on the primary meting between the 2 in 2004.
It was unhappy to see the way it ended, although. Diaz did take a number of harm as Lawler accurately identified post-fight, however nobody may fathom a state of affairs the place Diaz would inform a referee to wave off a combat as a result of he didn’t wish to return to his toes and proceed. Whether or not you wish to decide that as quitting is as much as you, however it was stunning regardless of the way you slice it.
The query now could be: Can we wish to see this once more? Many thought we’d by no means witness Diaz again in MMA, and the final word query for the 38-year-old going ahead revolves round his motives. It doesn’t seem to be Diaz did this combat for any of the proper causes, and that’s fairly heartbreaking. All indicators level to him being in disarray financially and emotionally, which is much from perfect.
Nobody can sit right here so recent off the combat and faux like they know what Diaz’s future holds. I don’t even suppose he is aware of. He doesn’t appear to be in the most effective place, although, and it’s solely going to compound the unhappiness if he fights in opposition to as a result of he has to, not as a result of he desires to.