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Can we stop calling Diaz's striking boxing?....Please?



Ok, this won't be a long post. I don't write very well as I am Dyslexic. With that in mind, please bare with me.

 

Nick Diaz is not a great boxer. In reality he's not a boxer at all. Can we a Mixed Martial Arts fans finally just get past this. Nick Diaz is phenomenal MMA striker. Brilliant even. He uses an unorthodox style that, to this date, only one other fighter has even attempted to emulate. That one other person just happens to be his brother Nate who looked eerily similar to Nick in his decimation of Gomi. 

Nick throws punches with a technique that makes western style boxing coaches cringe, but who really cares. He doesn't have to worry about facing strictly western style boxers. I have no idea just how many of his body punches land palm forward rather than fist forward but it is a lot. Clearly i'm no boxing analyst, but that just doesn't seem like normal boxing technique. (for the love of God please correct me if i'm wrong)

Nick throws kicks. Selectively but with specific intent. He actually has great kicks in that he uses them at the right moment to throw off his opponents timing. Boxers don't kick, right?

Nick has awful head movement which allows him to get hit a lot more than any boxer worth his salt with the exception of Micky Ward. If he did have a lot of head movement, with his style, wouldn't he be susceptible to take downs? His TDD is already porous. Improving but porous nonetheless.

Clearly this man is not striking as a boxer. Technique, no. Stance, nope. Movement, not so much.

 

I write this to simply ask, as kindly as I can. Please, let us all stop calling what Nick Diaz does as boxing. It is so much more than that. Is it way to much to ask to call it what it is. Beautifully Ugly MMA striking at its finest. 

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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