Originally Posted by SM33
The whole reason Condit fought Diaz the way he did was because he was broken mentally long before the fight started.
He knew in his heart of hearts, or someone he trusts convinced him, that he would need to employ a drastically different and frankly underwhelming strategy to CONTROVERSIALLY WIN ON POINTS for that fight. It was a terrible fight and complete waste of Nick Diaz' time. Condit cannot afford to do that again and when he tries to turn it up on GSP he will be outclassed, just like he was every time he decided not to turn and run when Nick Diaz attacked him.
GSP vs Diaz is the real skill FIGHT in this division right now.
You're essentially claiming that fighters who gameplan are mentally weak, which is honestly pretty absurd. Some of the greatest fighters that this SPORT has ever seen are also some of the best tacticians and strategists as well.
Condit knew that Nick's gameplan was to walk him into the cage and throw punches the entire fight. Why on EARTH would Condit allow himself to be sucked into such a simple strategy that he could easily avoid? Do you think Condit is stupid or something? I've gone over this countless times before but this is a SPORT and it is absolutely NOT a fight. In a sport, you use tactics and strategy to gain an advantage over your opponent. Can you imagine football, basketball, or even hockey without teams running set plays or using a certain strategy to gain an advantage? Condit knew Diaz was going to try and close the distance and get him against the cage, where Diaz would have the advantage. So Condit pushed Diaz off and went to the center, where HE would have the advantage, just like any logical human being would have done.
By the way, Condit kept his composure every time Diaz taunted him and made an absolute mockery of the SPORT. And if you want to call Condit mentally broken, look at who acted like a damn two year old after the fight. Hell, look at how Diaz has reacted after every one of his recent losses. Starting fights after fights, in hospitals, throwing tantrums...I've rarely seen grown men throw fits like that, especially someone who claims to be a martial artist, but that's just it. Men of honor like Condit, St. Pierre, Velasquez even your buddy Mauricio Rua are martial artists. Manchildren like Nick Diaz and Quinton Jackson are fighters.