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Old 02-11-2007, 02:14 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I do wonder what the story is behind Diaz leaving. Although it's not confirmed, I've read things about him being unhappy with his last fight and the fact that it wasn't aired in television. He certainly couldn't have been unhappy with the outcome this time, because he won. I was actually sad to see him go, I went out of my way to see his fights.

I'm happy at the same time because he will be able to test himself in Japan against their highly recognized stars, and under terms that he can agree with. He's openly stated that he's happier with the PRIDE rules, rather than the UFC.
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Old 02-11-2007, 02:35 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I do wonder what the story is behind Diaz leaving. Although it's not confirmed, I've read things about him being unhappy with his last fight and the fact that it wasn't aired in television. He certainly couldn't have been unhappy with the outcome this time, because he won. I was actually sad to see him go, I went out of my way to see his fights.

I'm happy at the same time because he will be able to test himself in Japan against their highly recognized stars, and under terms that he can agree with. He's openly stated that he's happier with the PRIDE rules, rather than the UFC.
You can see that he really had a problem with TUF. Judging from his various quotes around the Diego fight, it's not that he thought that these guys were not good fighters, he just felt that they had to pay their dues for longer before they were headlining and getting the big bucks. And I get that, really- Diaz has been around for ages, has had some good results (like knocking Robbie Lawler on his ass), is an excellent fighter and in any other situation should be considered an up and comer. But he didn't get that status because he wasn't on a reality TV show.

He also said "I feel like I've never lost a fight in my life", so maybe he felt hard done-by by the decision losses he had been handed.
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Old 02-11-2007, 02:36 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I agree about Diaz he'll do better with Pride rules. He got beat mostly because he couldn't stop takedowns. He always fought hard and came to win though. If anything, he'll give Gomi a hard fight. Who knows, an upset could be coming.
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money is the biggest reason. The rules might be another. I like Pride rules better, but the UFC just knows how to put on a good show.
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I could see fighters leaving the UFC because of money and because of the rules.

Other organizations might let you fight more and better suited for those fighters.
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Not only can you make good money when you get up there, but you can be famous in the country you're from but get to live and train in your own country also.(assuming you're from here)
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I dunno why you throw in the "in your own country" comments. I think fighters will fight where the money is and what rules fit them best and where the best competition is if that so suits them.

You can still train in your native country and not fight in the U.S also, sounds bigot to me
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UFC may pay well, but some fighters may be able to get paid more elsewhere. nothing wrong at all about scouting out what organization will pay you the most for your abilities. some may be dissapointed with how things are (being overlooked as a great fighter because of a reality TV show for example). others may just want to experience other cultures and see what other promotions have to offer. Some may love to fight and feel they aren't getting to fight enough so they go to work with someplace they will get to fight more often.

Each fighter has there own reason for looking for work elsewhere and none of the reasons are wrong
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