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Will Diaz even try to take Daley down?

Saturday’s Diaz vs Daley Strikeforce card is all about where fights go down. Will Fancy Pants vs Aoki end up completely on the feet? Will Nick Diaz finally try to take someone down to the ground? If it was up to his coach Cesar Gracie, he would. But you know Nick…

“I would obviously like to see it hit the ground, so it would be great for us because Diaz can showcase his jiu-jitsu skills, which are incredible. actually. He’s a black belt under me, one of the few that have succeeded in making it to black belt and I would love him to get down there and tap this guy out just like my last guy that fought him, Jake Shields, tapped him out.”

“So, it would be great if it hit the ground and he was able to show some nifty moves or something like that, but I’m confident with Nick’s stand-up also. We’ve had some outstanding boxers come out. We had Omar Henry, who’s a 10-0 boxer, 8 KOs, about the same size as Paul Daley, knockout power, the whole thing, and I had him out for like a week. So, Nick is ready for everything at this point and I know there’s variables and with those gloves anything can happen.

“But… I mean, again, I don’t want to, I just want to say that if Nick is not able to put this on the mat or unwilling to, you know how Nick is, you tell him to do something and he might do the opposite, so if that’s not going to happen (then) I’m very confident about his stand-up.”

The perception of Nick Diaz as an unmanageable hothead is as prevalent as that Fedor the Russian Country Bumpkin caricature. There’s obviously way more proof that Nick really is that way – he skips conference calls, public workouts, and seems happy to shoot himself in the foot whenever handed a gun to do so. But does this extend into the gym where his coaches (and anyone with two brain cells left to rub together) are telling him to take Paul Daley down and submit him?

(image via Sherdog)

  • Omomatta

    Shouldn’t the question be “Will Diaz even need to try to take Daley down?”

  • CAP

    Maybe he just forgets his game plan cuz he smokes too much.

    If Diaz beats Daley and GSP beats Shields people should be clamoring for a Diaz/GSP fight. They will both have cleared out their divisions with not much left to do there. Might as well have that fight before forcing GSP to move up to 185 for good.

    Fuck business as usual, make the fight if they both win.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    But does this extend into the gym where his coaches (and anyone with two brain cells left to rub together) are telling him to take Paul Daley down and submit him?

    Meh. To me, he’s the one who’s making the sacrifice to his opponent, so I say he can fight however the fuck he likes.

    No coach or blogger is allowing Daley to do everything within the unified rules to themselves, Diaz is – so it’s his call and no one else’s opinion really matters. Should be a fun scrap.

  • scissors61

    Shouldn’t the question be “Will Diaz even need to try to take Daley down?”

    An out-of-shape and undersized Takanori Gomi turned Diaz’s face into hamburger before he got submitted. You do the math. 

  • glassjawsh

    ^ and gomi taking down diaz with ease on more than one occasion is why no one should be clamoring for diaz/gsp


  • scissors61

    I’m clamoring for it, but that’s more because I despise Nick Diaz and would love to see him get taken apart by GSP 

  • JoeRoganIsAnnoying

    Diaz by TKO (Round 3-4ish), via “Pillow Punches”

    He’ll come out, set the pace, and Daley’s cardio will fail him… Epically.

    FL, i know you didn’t wrestle, roll, or take punches in the equilibrium, but this time you are just flat wrong.  Daley’s Ground Game may not be much to speak of, but his TD-Defense is pretty top-notch from what I’ve seen.  Shield’s struggled getting him to the mat, and has better clinch and TD’s than Diaz.

    If Diaz has a weakness (I hate to reference the 1st Noons ’bout), it’s getting over anxious to take his opponent to the ground.  In fact, it would be in his best interest to (GASP!) stand with Daley.

    Point is, Gentlemen, that this is MIXED MARTIAL ARTS!  If Daley is so concerned with the ground of Diaz; use the Hands.  If memory serves me he’s got a pretty decent set of mits…

    As far as the curse of the 4ounce gloves… eh, u live by the sword…

    Should be an entertaining ’bout!

  • Reverend Clint

    GSP would destroy Diaz via ass rape

    I have a feeling Diaz is going to end up looking like that guy from mask by the end of the figh. He will probably get lit up by some nice punched and then take down daley. 

  • unclefesterdanawhite

    Diaz has some great MMA boxing. But Daley is a bad motherfucker standing up. He’s competed in Pro Muay Thai and apparently he’s spent time training at Mike’s Gym (Badr Hari and Melvin Manhoef’s gym). And he is a big black guy. So yeah take Daley down if you can and submit him. If Diaz fails to take Daley down, I think he will lose.

  • frickshun

    ^^Daley is a “muscular” black guy. But I wouldn’t say big. Dude looks about 5′ 7.5″ tall. Diaz is like 7′ tall with a 116″ reach. He shoots lightning from his eyes & fireballs from his arse.

  • Reverend Clint

    Diaz looks like he just stepped off the set of Philidelphia

  • Blackula Jonez

    If Diaz uses his range apropriatley (establishing the jab and using lateral movement in case Semtex tries to pressure him) and frustrates Daley over the course of the first 3 rounds enough to wear his gas tank out he should have a better shot at victory.


    As far as the whole idea that Diaz needs to take Daley down, have mma fans already forgotten that the same Nick Diaz had ttrouble keeping KJ Noons down and that guy was a blown up 155’er ffs. I know Nick submitted Cyborg, but only because that idiot took him down.

    Nick has never been known for his offensive wrestling and his clinch and cage based takedowns have always been the weakest part of his game. This could easily be a repeat of the G-Sot vs Siver fight were everybody and their mother was waiting for a submission finish but forgot that the majority of BJJ guys have shitty takedowns.

    Does anybody even remember that bullshit knee to the head that Daley “hit” Kos with was the result of Daley successfuly stopping a takedown attempt? MMA fans have really shitty memories.

  • JoeRoganIsAnnoying

    Now, Bitch, instead of talking about taking fights to the ground, write my article about TKO’s via “Pillow Punching”