Much like Conor McGregor, Carlos Condit knows a thing or two about having to catch your breath during the onslaught that is a fight with a Diaz brother.
The former interim UFC welterweight champion also knows about winning a decision disputed by Team Diaz. At UFC 143 in 2012, Condit fought Nick Diaz, winning a controversial unanimous decision that gave rise to the ‘Diaz won rounds 1, 2 and 5‘ trope.
26 of Condit’s 27 wins prior to that bout came via either submission or knockout, but the ‘Natural Born Killer’ was forced to play a far more conservative game in order to negotiate his way past Nate’s elder brother.
To a lesser extent, Conor McGregor copped some similar flak from Diaz fans this past weekend at UFC 202 after his decision win over Nate Diaz.
McGregor made use of pauses and repositioning as the five round war wore on, though the volume and ferocity of strikes he threw in between negated any delays in action multiple times over. Regardless, Nate Diaz himself wasn’t happy with the outcome.
“He did a lot of running in that fight and I’ve been saying like my brother has been saying for years, like it was in Pride he should have got a yellow card for that type of thing,” Diaz ranted afterwards. ‘You see me chasing him around, pointing at him, saying ‘Where you going?’ I feel like they should have taken off points for that, on top of me winning anyways, which wouldn’t have let him win the fight.”
Carlos Condit, who faces Demian Maia tomorrow night in Vancouver, is better placed to address the concerns than most, and drew on his own experience to explain why he disagrees.
“A lot of criticism can be made from the outside, but when you’re in there you gotta do whatever the fuck you have to,” Condit stated via MMAFighting.
“Nate and Nick are like zombies, they just come forward and sometimes you gotta make space. Where they really excel is in that close-range boxing.
It was kind of a bummer to see Conor gas that quickly, but on the other hand you gotta do what you can to win, and I had him winning pretty clearly.
Other guys that have fought Nate did similar things. Josh Thomson made space, made that angle, brought it back to the centre of the cage because you don’t want to be caught against the cage against those guys.”
The full interview can be seen here.