Ahead of his rubber match with Gray Maynard this weekend at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale, Nate Diaz delves into the unwritten warrior ethos of throwing in the towel. Diaz, who found himself on the business end of the white flag in his most recent bout with Josh Thomson in April, says the onus weighs on a man’s corner to protect him when he fails to.
“I think it’s a lot of pressure for people to throw in the towel,” says Diaz. “But at the same time, my brother fights. He’s experienced in fighting and he understands. I understand, too. I just saw the last Junior dos Santos fight with Cain Velasquez. I’m like ‘what the f**k is wrong? Does this guy have friends?’ For me, if my partner is fighting and he’s not doing well and I get time to talk to him or if it’s early in a round I’m gonna say ‘if he doesn’t start doing better and keeps catching punches and shots I’m gonna throw this towel.’ He’s gonna have to be mad at me later but I’m the one who’s going to have to go to sleep at night thinking how I let you get your ass whooped.”
After seeing his younger brother take an onslaught of punishment late in round two against Thomson, Nick Diaz had seen enough. While the towel was somewhat inconsequential given the referee’s stoppage came prior to even seeing it, it’s safe to say Diaz’ corner agreed with the call.
“I ain’t mad at [Nick],” says Diaz. “He was doing what he thought was right. He was like ‘I don’t want to see my brother take no shots. I don’t think they pay us well enough to be taking f***ing ass whoopings like this.’
Diaz admits he agrees with his brother’s call, but that he’d always like to be given the benefit of the doubt.
“I didn’t feel like the fight should be ended, but that’s just my opinion. And if I was watching from the outside I probably would have thought, too ‘oh yea, that didn’t really look good.’ But the only people who know are people in that fight.”
“I felt I was defending myself a little bit but I watched it, too. It didn’t look good. It looked like it was time to throw in the towel so I agree with it.”
After the flak dos Santos’ camp caught for allowing their man to continue, Diaz believes ‘ignorant’ mindsets by fighters and trainers alike aren’t fully grasped until later on.
“I’m sure Junior dos Santos’ coaches were probably thinking ‘we should throw the towel in’ but didn’t. Later that night they probably thought ‘f**k man, I feel really bad. We just let our friend get his ass whooped.’ He’s a soldier, he wasn’t going to quit. A fighter ain’t gonna quit. That’s when it’s up to your friends and your brothers to not let you die.”
Diaz faces Gray Maynard in the main event of this Saturday’s TUF 18 Finale live on FOX Sports 1.
I’m off for Thanksgiving so no report for Friday. See you back here Monday morning.
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Chris Bungard vs. Tom Richards.
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When does it start?
Announced yesterday (Nov. 27 2013)
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Julianna Pena vs. Jessica Rakoczy at TUF 18 Finale
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
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Who Should Fight Who? UFC 167 Winners & Losers
St. Pierre should fight Hendricks – Reason: This was a very close fight. I do not think it was a robbery. Watching it Live I scored it 48-47 GSP but after watching it again I now believe that the fight was a Draw. You could make a case for both GSP and Hendricks, it all comes down to that first round and how you scored it. Two of the judges gave that Round to GSP which won him the fight. I believe that round was even. The good news is there will be an immediate rematch. Its going to be huge and I’m really looking forward to it.
Hendricks should fight St. Pierre – Reason: I thought Hendricks did a very good job. I don’t think he did enough to get the Win though. He wasn’t aggressive enough, he should have tried to finish GSP when he had him hurt. He let GSP take that fifth round because he thought he was ahead on the scorecards. Never take a round off like Hendricks did. You’ll regret it. All this 70% nonsense is really dumb. All I know is he better come out guns blazing and throw 100% in the rematch. Otherwise he’ll be 0-2 in UFC Title fights. I do believe he will be more aggressive in the rematch and I think he’ll knock GSP out and become the new Welterweight Champion.
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