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Fighter on Fighter: Breaking down UFC 196’s Nate Diaz

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MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst — and aspiring professional fighter — Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC 196 headliner Nate Diaz, who looks to earn a massive victory this Saturday (March 5, 2016) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lightweight boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter, Nate Diaz, is set to collide with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight roost-ruler, Conor McGregor, in a Welterweight bout this Saturday (March 5, 2016) at UFC 196 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As usual, things are rarely simple with the Diaz brothers. After fighting infrequently for a couple years and seeing his ranking fall as a result, Diaz scored an upset victory over Michael Johnson, propelling himself back into the Lightweight Top 10 several months back.

Thankfully, Diaz is already back in the Octagon, but it’s opposite a red-hot Conor McGregor on less than two weeks’ notice. Can the Stockton slugger upset McGregor and shock the world?

Let’s take a closer look at his technical skill and find out:


Diaz, along with his older brother Nick, have been taught extensively by boxing coach Richard Perez, developing their own style of boxing known unofficially as the “Stockton Slap.” This style is designed to take advantage of Diaz’s long reach and incredible conditioning, as the both brothers can push an incredible pace that really saps their opponents.

Over the years, the counter to this style of striking has been developed. Diaz stands with his lead foot turned inward — which is common in boxing — and is rather flat-footed, a pair of details that make him quite vulnerable to low kicks. Furthermore, Diaz very much fights as a pressure fighter and does great work against the fence/in the clinch, so lots of lateral movement can also throw him off his ….View full article

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