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Old 11-29-2012, 12:38 AM   #11 (permalink)
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It's not about Hendricks being a threat..they know they can gameplan him like Koscheck..use the reach advantage work the jab..bust him up, use the speed advantage..then takedown...wrestlers hate being on their backs.

Despite what GSP say about the $$....its always about the money (Silva fight aside)..Diaz is the big pay-day at WW..they will draw 700-900k PPV buys..

Hendricks isn't a known commodity..so for the casual fan its meh...I'll save my pennies for the Silva or Diaz fight...and u get 600k PPV buys,
Yep, it's true. Very high risk against Hendricks...but he's virtually an unknown quantity. Everyone knows his power, but we havn't seen his wrestling which is supposed to be top notch. If GSP can't take em down then it'll be settled on the feet and that poses a risk for someone who does not possess KO power.

Very curious as to what's going to happen with Rory once he gets his title shot.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:46 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Diaz poses basically no threat to GSP. He doesn't have one punch knockout power, so he's not getting a flash KO on GSP. And does anyone think his wear-you-down pitter patter is going to work on GSP?

If GSP gets lit up slowly, he'll just take Diaz down at the start of each round and keep him there. And Diaz has nowhere near the off-your-back BJJ skills necessary to threaten Georges from bottom. When was the last time he even came close to threatening off his back? The gogo he landed on Gomi (who has no wrestling and is not comparable to GSP) was not off his back, it's a specific technique used during sloppy take-downs on tired opponents.

How does Diaz win exactly? I just don't see it. At least Hendricks could land a left or defend a TD long enough to threaten standing, say for example if GSP underestimates him like Fitch. But Diaz? I just don't see any style there where he could threaten GSP. He is never going to defend the TD, he won't be knocking GSP out clean, he won't be taking GSP down (lmao) to work subs from top...Do people think he's going to win a decision somehow?

Diaz supporters please tell me what his gameplan would be to defeat GSP, otherwise this fight just seems boring.
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Well on a certain point you can't deny Diaz could be a contenter. The fight between him and Condit was judged both ways.
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Well on a certain point you can't deny Diaz could be a contenter. The fight between him and Condit was judged both ways.
I thought it was a pretty clear 3-2, but I'm not arguing him being a top guy right now. I just think he stands zero chance and the fight is of little interest style wise. I think Condit was a good fight for him to win stylistically and he still got beaten.
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I thought it was a pretty clear 3-2, but I'm not arguing him being a top guy right now. I just think he stands zero chance and the fight is of little interest style wise. I think Condit was a good fight for him to win stylistically and he still got beaten.
Yeah agreed. Diaz just has nothing for GSP. Not saying Diaz isnt extremely talented and one of the top fighters in the division BUT styles make fights and Diaz has no way to win it.

Still though Diaz vs Hendricks would be a fight id love to see.
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Yeah agreed. Diaz just has nothing for GSP. Not saying Diaz isnt extremely talented and one of the top fighters in the division BUT styles make fights and Diaz has no way to win it.

Still though Diaz vs Hendricks would be a fight id love to see.
Agreed, Hendricks vs. Diaz can't happen because it's counter productive; delays a title fight and eliminates a contender. but in a perfect world Diaz would have to fight Hendricks before he fights GSP.

But better maybe would be Fitch/Kos vs. Diaz while GSP fights Hendricks.

Sometimes I like to picture Rumble vs. Diaz before Rumble was cut.
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Agreed, Hendricks vs. Diaz can't happen because it's counter productive; delays a title fight and eliminates a contender. but in a perfect world Diaz would have to fight Hendricks before he fights GSP.

But better maybe would be Fitch/Kos vs. Diaz while GSP fights Hendricks.

Sometimes I like to picture Rumble vs. Diaz before Rumble was cut.
Depends when GSP is trying to come back.

The guy isnt very active after all... I wouldnt be surprised of we can get Hendricks vs Diaz and then Winner vs GSP just in time for his return. The last time GSP has had more then 2 fights a year was in 2007.

it does eliminate a contender but if the loser can get 2 wins in a row after then they could still give him a title shot without anybody complaining.
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You know what would shock me is if Diaz takes one of Hendricks' shot and shakes it off. It's amazing how some fighters have adamantium jaws like Wolverine if anybody saw the first X-men.
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You know what would shock me is if Diaz takes one of Hendricks' shot and shakes it off. It's amazing how some fighters have adamantium jaws like Wolverine if anybody saw the first X-men.
Maybe it's just cause I'm a fan, but I think he would. Hendricks doesnt use his angles and land an out of nowhere shot. Thats a bit left hand which cranks right on the target, sort of Hendo style. Diaz can pretty much take the best from anyone when he's expecting it. In the centre of the cage, I see Diaz making a fool of Hendricks' power. It's against the cage which would be the problem, when Diaz gets over confident and might catch one he doesnt see coming as the only thing thats on his mind is "punch punch body punch punch".

But with Diaz and GSP, I still think that if there is ANYONE you cant count out, it's Diaz. He finds a way to win these things. I remember it being split on wether or not he'd beat BJ, or if Nate would beat Miller (and most said he wouldnt, let alone Cerrone). On paper, I agree it would be a ridiculously hard night for him, but when it comes down to it if you're going to have anyone as a complete no-win underdog coming into the fight, you're going to want it to be Diaz.
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So let me get this straight.

One loss + Failed Drug test = No.1 contender

AAAGHH! Does not compute!
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