Join Date: Jun 2012
Why is it the general consensus that Nick Diaz gets laid on by wrestlers?
Not just on this board, but the online MMA community as a whole seem to be under the misconception that because Diaz has a history of losses to wrestlers, that the next wrestler he faces (possibly Koscheck) is just going to Paul Daley him for three rounds. Why?
There hasn't actually been a single fight where Diaz' opponent has smothered him from the top position for the majority of the fight. Not one. The last wrestler he fought - Sherk - was actually completely out grappled and made to look a bit silly in the grappling department.
Sanchez and Karo scored a bunch of take downs on Nick, but neither fighter was actually able to hold Nick down for a prolonged period of time. The Sanchez fight was just one huge scramble fest (one of my all time favourite fights).
From a statistical point of view, BJ Penn is actually one of the better wrestlers out there. He has an incredibly impressive take down/take down defense ratio and even he abandoned the take downs after he couldn't do any thing to Nick once he took him down. BJ has one of the very best top games in the sport.
So for those of you that are readily predicting Josh Koscheck to simply take Diaz down and hold him on the floor for fifteen minutes, I'd watch some of his older fights again (and even the recent one against Penn, where he completely out grappled him against the cage) and maybe revise your thoughts. Just because he has losses to wrestlers on his record doesn't mean that he's vulnerable to being held down on the floor for three rounds.
The last elite wrestler he fought was Sherk, and he really demonstrated excellent wrestling ability in that fight and actually out wrestled the wrestler. The fight was actually lost for Nick on the feet with boxing (oh how the tables have turned).
I hope the Koscheck fight gets booked, because it would finally put an end to all of these questions and general assumptions about how Nick handles powerhouse wrestlers.
Last edited by GrappleRetarded; 10-30-2012 at 03:22 PM.