It's funny. As I was watching Diego lay an egg during that fight, where he completely backtracked and disengaged at every corner and just flopped during poorly set up and failed takedowns, I REEEEEEALLY wanted to blame Jackson and say, "The motherfucker did it again, he's making Diego play it safe!".... Especially when, in between rounds, you were told that Jackson's words to Diego were, "get the takedown", which gave me the feeling that he was trying to steal the rounds/fight.
But with all of that said, I came to the personal conclusion that sometimes, a fighter just comes in looking like shit, fights like shit and that's entirely on them. I think that was Diego's situation here and the blame should land on him. He came in overweight, was on a year's layoff and didn't implement anything that was even remotely effective against Gomi.
I'm a Gomi homer for sure, but I had him winning 2 and 3 and think Sanchez looked gassed after the first.
I don't blame Jackson here, I blame it on Diego looking like shit on his first cut to LW in a dogs age from a high starting point, the travel to Japan and the fact that he's on the downside of his career.
MY MMA RANKINGS
HW Cain JDS Werdum Cormier Barnett Bigfoot Browne Miocic Napao
LHW Jones Goose Evans Texeira Davis Hendo Shogun Manuwa
MW Weidman ASilva Belfort Jacare Machida Rockhold Munoz Kennedy Bisping
WW GSP Hendricks Condit Lawler Maia Kampmann Rory Ellenberger Askren Lombard
LW Pettis Bendo Alvarez Chandler Grant Gil Thomson Diaz J.Miller dos Anjos
FW Aldo Mendes Lamas Frankie Cub Lentz Kawajiri Zombie Elkins
BW Barao Cruz Faber Bibiano McDonald Moraes Assuncao Wineland Dillashaw