I’m gonna start this account by analyzing one of my favorite fighters of all time, Nate Diaz. He is one of the most entertaining fighters both in and out of the cage and has fought some of the best fighters in the world both at welterweight and lightweight.
-Jim Jitsu First off, Nate has some of the best hands in the sport. He may not be the fastest or the most powerful, but very few fighters can match his output. He is very good at using his length and it shows particularly with jab. His cardio is also incredible, as he is able to keep an insane pace for 5 rounds. Considering he runs marathons as a hobby, this shouldn’t be surprising. His chin and heart are also among the best in the sport, as he has only been knocked out once and has shown in several fights that he is capable of fighting through adversity and getting the W. And now to his pressure. He is one the best pressure fighters in the history of the sport. It is what people know him for and it is one of the reasons he is so entertaining. Most people end up breaking because they just can’t keep up with him. Finally, let’s talk about his jiu jitsu. He is a black belt under Cesar Gracie and it shows the second the fight hits the mat. He is one of the few fighters in mma today that is capable of winning a fight while on his back. His submissions are elite, especially his triangle choke, which has been a huge weapon for him throughout his career.
-Inability/unwillingness to check leg kicks Nate has never been known for his wrestling. His takedown defense is below average and he has been prone to being held down and controlled. He is also not the best pure athlete because he lacks explosion and has average hand speed. His greatest weakness, however, is leg kicks. Because of his boxing oriented style, he puts a lot of weight on his lead leg, which makes him very prone to leg kicks. He has lost several fights because of this, such as his 2012 title fight against Benson Henderson. He ate numerous leg kicks and it was a major reason to why he lost the fight. #mma #ufc #natediaz