Anything Can Happen…
I really wanted to see Condit get his shot.
Mainly because it would be a fight between two fighters that I respect so much. It would have been a big test for the champion and the chance of a lifetime for the challenger. Everybody was a winner, no matter how you looked at it. Instead we find ourselves in a tricky predicament. We now have a situation where all MMA fans will be choosing a side. Joe Rogan said it at UFC 137, Diaz is a “fans fighter” because he leaves it all on the line along his .. “unique” attitude and way of doing things which does appeal to a lot of fans. Diaz is seen as an outlaw, as that bad kid your mother told you to stay away from when you were younger.
On the other side of the coin there is GSP, a gentleman, a technician and quite possibly the worlds greatest fighter. Instead of having a situation where either fighter winning would be a great thing we are now heading towards a fight where the line is drawn and you ARE going to pick a side.
GSP has tried to appeal to the fans that enjoy Diaz’s reckless style by promising a beat down, is this however just a ploy from the champion to throw Diaz off guard? Will GSP put on a textbook dominant display exploiting his opponents weaknesses? Or will he win those fans over who have been on the edge for so long?
GSP’s heart is going to say stand and bang to prove a point but I see his head taking out the victory. I wouldn’t expect Georges to play to Nick’s strengths, that’s not how he has kept that Welterweight gold around his waist for so long.
I know what is going to come, it’s going to be yet another five round clinic held by the dominant champion. Some fans aren’t going to like it, in fact they may just loathe it but on the other side of the argument will be those fans who will just sit there and smile as they watch Diaz fail at the big time and shortly after, more then likely pursue a career in boxing.
There is nothing wrong with boxing, I personally don’t find it anywhere near as enjoyable as MMA but the guys are still great athletes for the most part. The stand up game is just one element to the complex formula that is MMA and whilst I appreciate that Diaz is an accomplished fighter on the ground he has become too used to his scrap fighting style that is just going to look amateur compared to the crisp techniques of GSP.
This is a fight many writers are going to cover for many months to come now. As the time gets closer and the exposure gets bigger and bigger just remember one thing as you read about hatred, disrespect, “boring fights” and opinion pieces about two men who should have met this past week.
This is MMA and anything can happen.