Avoiding another fighter so you don't have to fight his fight is what is called a game plan, a game plan that worked and secured Condit the win. Anyone that thinks Condit was running from Diaz needs to get a clue.
I never said he ran exactly. I said fighters have said that he did.
I never said it wasn't smart. It was the only way he could have won that fight. It was a good game plan.
But his game plan wasn't the old stick and move. If a boxer did that (this isn't boxing I know) he would get laughed out of there. Sticking and moving isn't jogging the other way. It is sticking and circling your opponent, not run to the middle. He didn't run the whole fight, but at times, yes he did try to play "keep away".
It was so effective that one of his teamates, Clay Guida tried the same thing because there was no other way he beats Maynard. Except he wasn't able to be very effective with it because he isn't the kicker Condit is and he isn't as talented. But Condit's fight was just a better executed version of what Clay tried and failed to do.
Just because people didn't like the game plan doesn't mean they are blood and guts fans who know nothing. Condit didn't stick and move in my opinion. He tried to out point him with 40% kicks. He went "for it" once the whole fight when he landed a high kick after a combo....and Diaz walked right through it. Maybe it is the new stick and move for MMA. But it wasn't what Frankie Edgar pulls off. Condit didn't move around the pocket and circle his opponent. He tapped Nick's leg and ducked a punch as he jogged to the center.
Thats how I saw it. That is how a lot of pro fighters saw it. Doesn't mean it is right or wrong. But don't sit here and explain to me what a game plan is like you are brilliant.