He knows a lot about Henderson’s style and how to fight him, but perhaps more so than that, Diaz is sure that he doesn’t want the fight to be left in the hands of the judges.
Of his last six fights to go the distance, Diaz has lost five of them. The only one that didn’t was his lopsided victory over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 141. The overwhelming trend of decisions not ending up in his favor is something that Diaz believes will continue if he doesn’t do something about it.
“I don’t think I got a chance of winning any type of decision,” he said on Monday night’s edition of Inside MMA on AXS TV. “So I gotta go out there and do what I can do to try and finish my opponent, try to be the better fighter and win the fight.”
That’s not to say that Diaz wouldn’t give it his all if he’s unable to finish Henderson, he just feels it’s an uphill battle that he’s not likely to win when math is involved in the process. He doesn’t want anyone to have to add up the cards.
His trainer and manager Cesar Gracie agrees, believing that neither Nate nor Nick get a fair shake when the fight is left up to the judges.
“I’ve never really seen a close decision where the nod is given to the Diaz’s,” said Gracie on Inside MMA. “If it’s close, they’re going to lose. I don’t know why, maybe the judges don’t really care for them much that much; they’re brash.
“At the end of the day, the fans know who wins fights and the fans are the ones that love to see these guys fight.”
Check out the following Inside MMA clip for more of Nate Diaz and Cesar Gracie on Monday night’s show…