Dana White tweeted last night that both Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz have agreed to a rematch for the interim welterweight title. While some fans were begging for an immediate rematch and Diaz even said, “I’m done with this s**t,” I still so no reason why a rematch needs to be made.
Condit won the fight fair and square. He out scored him on the feet and was taken down once with a minute left in the fifth round. If you look at the fight metric states Condit landed 151 significant strikes compared to Diaz’s 105. That’s a pretty big difference in strikes. Diaz may have landed more punches, but he didn’t fight a smart game plan.
All the Diaz fan’s are going to say Condit was running from him the whole time, but all Condit did was take a classic boxing skill and use it to neutralize Diaz. Bob and weave, bob and weave, that’s all Condit had to do and it threw Diaz completely off his game. The biggest issue might be the fact that Diaz never changed his game plan. If you see a fighter beating you with a style you have to get him out of that. Not once did Diaz cut off the ring from Condit and he clinched with him only three times. If you see a fighter ducking out every time he’s worked against a corner you clinch with him. Diaz failed to do that and that goes on his coaches more than anything else.
Greg Jackson showed why he runs the best camp in the UFC and fighters are willing to move to Albuquerque, New Mexico just to train with him. He used thee same game plan with Condit that he did with Donald Cerrone against Nate Diaz and this is something Cesar Gracie should of picked up on. If a trainer uses that style against the brother who also trains under you don’t you think he would use it again for stylistically the same fighter? This was a huge error on Gracie’s camp and isn’t showing he’s the best camp in the world like he wanted to.
In the rematch I’m going with Carlos Condit again and probably by a close decision again. He has the better trainer and follows a game plan better. Condit won’t get dragged into a brawl with Diaz and isn’t going to get caught. For the rematch Condit will obviously need to work on his takedown defense, but don’t expect much of a difference from the first fight. It will be a technical, MMA fight and if you only want brawls it won’t be a fight for you.