Originally Posted by dgil
Nick Diaz is not Nate Diaz.
I agree man, they're not the same, but the author of the article is right - there are many, many significant similarities in the way that they fight, and they can't be ignored.
Nate has based his boxing style on Nick's, and it's a style that is very much their own. They're also both very well known for their dangerous guard and both have highlight reel submissions that they've found from their backs (Diaz's gogoplata over Gomi, and Nate's 'middle finger' triangle of Pellegrino).
The two more significant aspects of both brother's fighting styles are:
Their awkward (yet effective and exciting to watch) boxing style that consists mostly of half-power body shots as well as long, rangey punches that come in from unusual angles; and their extremely active (and also effective) guard.
I think Ben has definitely given GSP a whole load of pointers on how to best neutralise a Diaz skillset. GSP is an even more effective and dominant wrestler than Henderson (relative to his weight-class) and has a very secure, stable, and system top-game.
I don't GSP will want to stand with Nick, too many times we've seen Diaz pour it on guys and finish them with his high-volume output, and I don't think GSP will want to stand and take that risk.
I felt like GSP had that fire back against Condit. He was dominant, but exciting too, and he took many more risks that we've seen him take in his 5 fights at least. I'd like to see GSP fired up again and looking to finish. Diaz will be going out there looking to pull off the upset, so I think he'll come out fast and strong early on, but will walk into the first of many takedowns GSP will likely get during the fight.
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Griffin, Bisping, Belfort, Benavidez, A. Silva, Velasquez, Wandy, Guida, Faber, Alves, Aldo, Penn, Dos Santos, Manuwa, Oliveira Least-Favourite Fighters:
Ellenberger, Hendricks, Story, Sylvia, Browne.
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