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Fighter on Fighter: Breaking down UFC 202’s Nate Diaz

, / 75 0 resident fighter analyst — and aspiring professional fighter — Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC 202 headliner Nate Diaz, who looks to smack his foe down once more this Saturday (Aug. 20, 2016) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Long-time veteran and scrappy finisher, Nate Diaz, is set to rematch with knockout artist and megastar, Conor McGregor, this Saturday (Aug. 20, 2016) at UFC 202 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Diaz is nearly a 10-year Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran, but he’s nonetheless bringing new tricks with him into the cage and coming into this bout off the best pair of wins in his career thus far. Now, rather than move forward, the world is doubting Diaz once more, as the Stockton-native must prove himself opposite McGregor a second time.

Still, this is a massive bout for Diaz. With a victory, he’s successfully headlined two of the year’s biggest pay-per-views (PPV) and will be close to a Lightweight title shot. However, defeat will knock him a step back, as there’s little chance that Diaz would get his own shot at revenge.

With the high stakes in mind, let’s take a closer look at Diaz’s skill set:


Diaz and his older brother bring along a few pretty unique tools to the table, and their boxing coach Richard Perez has helped them develop a style that makes sense for the lanky boxers. There’s definitely been some adjustments made over the years — as other fighters have begun planning specifically for the “Stockton Slap” style of striking — but overall his entire game capitalizes on his length and impeccable conditioning.

The Diaz game plan has long been to pressure and clinch or work the opponent into the fence. Either way, it revolved around forward movement and closing ….View full article

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