What I hope to see is Diaz always pushing the pace. It seems like sometimes, St. Pierre is easily able to out strike some opponents because they are so concerned about the take down that it throws them off a little when it comes to their own "rhythm." I hope Diaz doesn't care and just keeps pushing forward as usual because let's be honest, whether he's tentative about the take down or not, he's GONNA get taken down either way. He could fully concentrate on a sprawl alone, and St. Pierre is still going to put him on his back. That's what he does, and Diaz doesn't have the take down defense to even challenge St. Pierre's impressive MMA wrestling. For that reason, he shouldn't even worry that much about it. Just stay aggressive and show that Diaz pace and conditioning. Some of you may disagree with my logic because it opens him up even more to a take down, but do you honestly think he can stuff St. Pierre either way? I highly doubt it, and if he worries about the take down and doesn't stay aggressive, that's more points he's losing if it goes the distance, which it probably will. I don't think he's capable of stuffing enough take downs and out pointing St. Pierre on the feet in between. St. Pierre has the best MMA wrestling at 170, and besides, it's not like Diaz isn't a threat off of his back. St. Pierre won't do whatever he wants to Diaz on the ground in my opinion.
I think St. Pierre should be an obvious favorite, considering Diaz's past with wrestlers, but I can see Diaz making this a fight. He just needs to keep up that pace and not be tentative like some opponents are. St. Pierre may still have his hands raised in the end, but I don't think he's leaving without a scratch.
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