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Nate Diaz Believes He Has to Finish Benson Henderson, Has No Shot at Any Type of Decision

Posted on by MMAWeekly.com Staff

Nate Diaz at UFC 141Nate Diaz, at UFC on Fox 5 on Dec. 8, has a shot at the UFC lightweight championship currently wrapped around Benson Henderson’s waist.

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…

  • stevemcz11

    If this goes to the judges I hope Nate doesnt do what Frankie Edgar did land more((punches.kicks,takedowns and knockdowns)twice). Judges will just give it to Bendo for yelling at the crowd between rounds

    • shakejunt

      wahhhhh i’m still butthurt about the fight wahhhhh

  • PhranktheTank

    If Frankie didn’t win either of those fights, Diaz is screwed if he doesn’t completely dominate.

  • http://twitter.com/CombatScienceMA CombatScienceMMA

    Ben beat Frankie end of story. Frankies the one who kept winning decisions and rematching guys.

    • PhranktheTank

      The 1st fight Frankie might have lost. The 2nd fight I strongly disagree with you. Also don’t forget he KOed Maynard.

      • http://twitter.com/CombatScienceMA CombatScienceMMA

        This is true friend. Good call.

  • http://www.facebook.com/spooner901 Shawn Spooner Fitzgerald

    I hate the Diaz brothers, specifically Nick, but I don’t think with the way Nate is fighting right now Benson has a chance to beat him. Nate has taken his boxing to another level and has looked really good. Not to mention he shows quite a bit more class than his brother Nick.

    • rampage

      i hate the nick diaz wah wah wah. i love nate i want to kiss his ass ; )

      • http://www.facebook.com/spooner901 Shawn Spooner Fitzgerald

        Im glad to hear you want to kiss nate’s ass. Good luck to you. :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/spooner901 Shawn Spooner Fitzgerald

        Im glad to hear you want to kiss nate’s ass. Good luck to you. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/tony.le.547389 Tony Le

    9 out of 10 bendo beats edgar…simple as that…besides you don’t want edgar to be champ…hes just gonna keep clogging up the division with his super close fights

  • Nismar

    war nate diaz, next lw champ. considering bendo never earned it neways…

  • dathump

    The problem is the Diaz style of boxing is a style specifically designed to annoy and keep their opponnent guessing, however it doesn’t have the best accuracy or power, I think judges scoring them tend to overlookalot of their striking when scoring because the volume of punches thrown (with little to no contact) blur with the amount of strikes that land signifacantly.