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Old 08-14-2012, 08:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Nate Diaz and Ben Henderson Compare Each Others Game

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Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten spoke with Benson Henderson, while Ron Kruck spoke with Nate Diaz as each fighter gave their early thoughts on their upcoming title fight.


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Old 08-14-2012, 08:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think a lot of people overrate why the Diaz bros taunt in the ring. It's not to make their opponent emotional, it's because THEY are emotional. You're walking away, both Nate and Nick are saying "Get the **** back over here and let me punch you in the face". They will drop their hands to make you throw, but that's just counter punching, not really something new and different.

I'm really excited for this fight. I would edge it to Diaz to begin with, but for Diaz fans this is as good as it gets.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If Henderson is smart, he'll actually utilize his wrestling against Nate. If Ben keeps it standing, he's going to get slaughtered.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I never thought I'd say this but i am TOTALLY rooting for Diaz here!
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I'm not sure why I didn't consider this before... but in the beginning of the interview Diaz made it seem like he wasn't to keen on the idea of fighting Frankie. Are they buddies or is he just admitting to a bad stylistic matchup?

I would love to see that fight. Frankie would have a clear wrestling advantage but I'd love to see the 2 guys box it out.
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I'm not sure why I didn't consider this before... but in the beginning of the interview Diaz made it seem like he wasn't to keen on the idea of fighting Frankie. Are they buddies or is he just admitting to a bad stylistic matchup?

I would love to see that fight. Frankie would have a clear wrestling advantage but I'd love to see the 2 guys box it out.
I said this in another thread actually, Frankie is HARD TO FINISH. His style makes it hard to catch him, even when he is rocked, his stumbling and backflipping around the cage is somehow still faster than most of his opposition. Point is Diaz brothers don't tend to do well in decision fights and Frankie's fights traditionally go that way. So I see his concern with wanting that fight.
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I'm not sure why I didn't consider this before... but in the beginning of the interview Diaz made it seem like he wasn't to keen on the idea of fighting Frankie. Are they buddies or is he just admitting to a bad stylistic matchup?

I would love to see that fight. Frankie would have a clear wrestling advantage but I'd love to see the 2 guys box it out.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:13 AM   #9 (permalink)
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"**** the belt, I'm trying to beat the number one guy in the world."

This, ladies and gentlemen, is why Nate is one of my favorite fighters.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:19 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Henderson's strategy will be: leg kicks, leg kicks, TDs.

Diaz has a history of having problems against bigger, stronger guys, who have a good wrestling game: Rory, Kim, Guida, Maynard.

Henderson falls in the same cathegory.

I give Diaz the advantage in the striking department...but at the end of the day he is no Frankie Edgar, even though his boxing is top notch, he doesn't have the speed that Frankie has, and that was what caused Henderson a lot of problems in his fight against Frankie.

If Henderson is smart, he will take it to the ground and try to use heavy GnP, similar to Rory.

Either way, should be a good fight.

My money is on Henderson.
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