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Old 04-07-2014, 01:18 PM   #21 (permalink)
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People will laugh at this and poke fun at him but how do you expect any fighter in the UFC to respond in an interview when asked about the division and the champion.

Would you prefer it if he said "I lose to Pettis every single time, I have no chance of beating him". WTF do you expect him to say? What if you were a fighter on the roster and you were asked about the champion, would you too say that you weren't confident you could beat the champ, or would you stamp your authority and be confident that you could?

Always makes me laugh at the pure arrogance of people when they laugh and stick their nose up at fighters for saying they can beat the champ when they're asked about it in an interview.

Does it look likely that Sanchez could beat Pettis from a fans perspective? Obviously not, but sticking your nose up at a fighters attitude and confidence for believing he can is just arrogant.

Really guy?

"He has some nice ground skills, too, but I feel like I’m on another level, and (with) size and strength"

"I feel that’s a fight I win nine out of 10 times.”

It's not about weather he can or cannot, he can, anyone in MMA can be beat. It's the way he presents it, arrogance and confidence are similar but not the same. If he believes in himself he should say he can win, but he dumbs up the message up by speaking too much on it.

I expect most fighters to give a reply of confidence when presented similar opportunities to speak on such matter, but what you say dictates how you come off to others. He could say a lot of things like "Pettis is a good tough champ, it would be a great challenge and I think I find a way to win focusing on and utilizing my best attributes." Instead he gives us a silly response suggesting Pettis isn't even on his level. Get real Diego.
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Old 04-07-2014, 03:30 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Really guy?

"He has some nice ground skills, too, but I feel like I’m on another level, and (with) size and strength"

"I feel that’s a fight I win nine out of 10 times.”

It's not about weather he can or cannot, he can, anyone in MMA can be beat. It's the way he presents it, arrogance and confidence are similar but not the same. If he believes in himself he should say he can win, but he dumbs up the message up by speaking too much on it.

I expect most fighters to give a reply of confidence when presented similar opportunities to speak on such matter, but what you say dictates how you come off to others. He could say a lot of things like "Pettis is a good tough champ, it would be a great challenge and I think I find a way to win focusing on and utilizing my best attributes." Instead he gives us a silly response suggesting Pettis isn't even on his level. Get real Diego.
I really don't see what's wrong in another fighter claiming that they think they can beat the champion 9/10 times. That's confidence, not arrogance. Stating that he thinks his ground game and strength is on another level also, that's just supreme confidence (whether it's true or not is irrelevant, this is about a fighters mental state of mind in challenging for the title, no shred of doubt can be present in the mind).

It would be arrogant if Diego started tarnishing Pettis' ability, saying he doesn't deserve to be champion or that he sucks and then boasting about his own skills. That would be arrogant. Take a look at Chael Sonnen if you want to see arrogance.

I beat the champ 9/10 is not an arrogant statement, it's a statement I'd expect to hear from ANY fighter with a true belief in themselves.

Now, whether that's actually accurate or not is irrelevant, of course Diego doesn't beat Pettis nine times out of ten, but there's nothing wrong in him believing that he can and stating that he can.
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Lighten up bro. We're just having some fun. If we can't poke a bit of fun at a fighter, this place would suck.
I know some people are just having a laugh and that's all in good humour, but my comment wasn't really directed just at this thread. You see smarmy comments in ANY thread where a big underdog or no name states that they think they can beat the champion and believe in themselves.


"OMG he must be on crack for thinking he can beat the champion", I guess that means a lot of fighters in the UFC are on crack for having a belief in themselves of becoming champion some day.
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I really don't see what's wrong in another fighter claiming that they think they can beat the champion 9/10 times. That's confidence, not arrogance. Stating that he thinks his ground game and strength is on another level also, that's just supreme confidence (whether it's true or not is irrelevant, this is about a fighters mental state of mind in challenging for the title, no shred of doubt can be present in the mind).

It would be arrogant if Diego started tarnishing Pettis' ability, saying he doesn't deserve to be champion or that he sucks and then boasting about his own skills. That would be arrogant. Take a look at Chael Sonnen if you want to see arrogance.

I beat the champ 9/10 is not an arrogant statement, it's a statement I'd expect to hear from ANY fighter with a true belief in themselves.

Now, whether that's actually accurate or not is irrelevant, of course Diego doesn't beat Pettis nine times out of ten, but there's nothing wrong in him believing that he can and stating that he can.
When Sanchez chooses to omit respect and recognition towards Pettis suggesting he is on another level and beats him nine out ten times, he is disregarding the sharply contrasting circumstances in which both fighters careers exist today. Pettis has fought and won his way to the top, Sanchez is employed because entertainment value takes priority over skill in MMA today. It's not wrong to believe you can win nor is it wrong to say it, but when you say it silly like he did, that Pettis would have little chance of winning because he is a level lower, people are going to criticize. This is basic stuff. The belief is just but the presentation is bad enough for anyone to point it out.
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