Still Mad: Nate Diaz On MMA Judging


Nate Diaz weighs in on mixed martial arts judging following his disappointing loss to Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 125.

“When it was over I knew that they were going to give it to him for sure because he had the top position and that’s the way the judging goes,” Diaz told Scrap Pack Radio.

“I think the scoring should be like, say a guy gets a takedown, it should count for a takedown for sure. What is a takedown in wrestling, two points? In a grappling match it’s two points, so he gets a takedown,” said Diaz. “But if he takes you down and lands in your closed guard and gets punched in the head forty times, is he still ahead on points?”

“There’s round-winners and there’s fighters. You know, but in order to be a good UFC fighter or cage fighter I guess I’ve got to learn how to win the rounds,” said Diaz. “You’ve got to not fight. That’s what I’m saying. You’ve got to score,” commented Diaz. “Apparently I’ve got to grab him and hold him, otherwise he’ll just grab and hold me.“

“Everybody is like, ‘you need to work on your wrestling,’ added Diaz. “Maybe I don’t need to work on my wrestling. Maybe I just need to do the wrestling and not the fighting.” [Heavy]

Is wrestling and control given to high of value when judging a round?