Diaz showed great recovery and finished the fight brilliantly. That being said, he was lucky as hell. Referee could have stopped, Diaz could never recover. Fact is: he was blasted to a knock down, almost a KO. So obviously there was luck involved.
Gosh, even Glover was lucky not going down with that single bomb from Maldonado and stated he should never have dropped his hands against him.
Glover WAS lucky because if Maldonado has ANY sort of whits about him, I'd say he could have got the KO. Diaz took it, was not in serious career threatening danger, faught through quickly and finished the fight himself. If the referee stopped it, he'd have been unlucky, like many situations we have seen, but in letting it continue the referee made the right call and for a pro that should be no case of luck.
He's beat some good fighters, no doubt. But..., every win I've ever seen from him as been against fighters with a stupid game plan, and that was to back up against the fence and let Diva throw punches at them, except for Daley, he got too overanxious and he's a overrated joke anyway. And..., Diva is an overrated Boxer. He walks forward and throws punches. No lateral movement, very little head movement and all of his punches just look wide. As far as I'm concerned, he's not even a ranked fighter the second he started whining and retired. It's just stupid to think that he's still a number 1, or even top 5, contender after he retired and hasn't and will not fight in over a year. Finally, Diva has never proven himself as a great Boxer. Boxing isn't just walking forward, into counters, and throwing 1's and 2's. He's aggressive, nothing more. The second he shows good footwork and a real Boxing game in the cage, I'll give him his props. until then, he's nothing.
Daley isn't overrated, because no one thinks much of him
To go toe to toe with him is almost a deathwish though.
And people don't PLAN to go against the cage. I'm sure if you, a dude posting on the net, knows that is a weakness then the pro champion raising coaches see it too. Diaz puts the pressure on you though. If he was better at cutting off the cage, he'd almost be unbeatable on the feet without a 1 punch KO.
It depends on what you mean as overrated BOXER. In boxing terms, yeah he wouldnt be great. He barley even punches right. In MMA terms, he might just be the best in UFC right now. He switches so effortlessly, is super accurate and his punches do damage that they shouldnt.
He didnt REALLY retire. He just bitched after he was pissed in the Condit fight. He'd have been back 6 months later had he not been suspended. But I agree with your point. I wouldnt rank him up there as much. At the same time, he should get right back in there with top guys because no one wants to see Diaz beat down on some ex-TUF guys. Koscheck is probably the fight to happen, and the win could put him right up there (and then he'd probably get a number 1 contenders shot out of how unlucky he was with the GSP injury).
Yeah maybe boxing isn't the right word for it. He's a great "puncher" might be right. No head movement, no block, no footwork. I suppose that cancels out "boxing", but at the same time it works in near enough every fight he has. It would have even worked against Condit if he had even a tiny bit of fight intelligance in that one. He only really needed a combination or two more and he'd be the interim champ now. He just let Condit prance around way too much.
Again, you don't like him. But at the end of the day he was Strikeforce champion for ages, came to UFC, earned a title shot by easily disposing of BJ Penn, and then lost a really close fight with Condit. Does he have to show you those skills for you to respect them? Or could you respect his fighting if he continued to win fights?