Firas Zahabi has described Nate Diaz as ‘the scariest road fighter in MMA’, much more so than former light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Diaz could not have a very glamorous file, dropping 13 occasions so far in his profession, but his status as a fan favorite stays.
Regardless of dropping 24 minutes of his welterweight conflict with Leon Edwards at UFC 263, the Stockton-native was simply moments away from a end.
The crisp left hand which rocked Edwards ought to have signalled victory for the American, but he posed and pointed to revel within the second as blood gushed from a number of scars on his face and physique.
Diaz is greater than a cult icon, transcending the game of MMA due to such moments and the legendary coach of Georges St-Pierre believes there isn’t any one within the sport who might cease Diaz with out guidelines.
“Should you put him in a struggle the place there isn’t any time restrict, I feel he beats 99 per cent of fighters,” Zahabi mentioned. “You may’t sub him. You may’t end him.
“The man doesn’t cease strolling ahead. He places quantity on you. He’s the scariest, in my view, road fighter in MMA.
“I feel for those who needed to struggle him on the street, man, you might be in a struggle on your life. Ain’t going to be no judges standing you up between rounds.
“There’s no decide to return and provide the win. No, no. This man ain’t going away.
“I feel if he had a no time restrict struggle with Leon Edwards, he beats Leon Edwards – and I’ve an amazing admiration for Leon Edwards.”
Previous to his scrapped bout with Tony Ferguson in 2020, Khabib was visibly stung by a barb from ‘El Cucuy’ when he insisted he had by no means had a road struggle.
The Russian, who hails from the infamous Dagestan area, wrestled bears as a toddler and claimed he had by no means misplaced a struggle on the street.
Islam Makhachev likened his buddy Khabib to Brad Pitt’s character Achilles from Troy, such was his prowess and legendary standing on the streets.
But Zahabi believes Diaz has a ‘certainly one of us quits or is useless’ angle which is unmatched by any.
“The knock to that’s, that’s not our sport,” Zahabi mentioned. “You agreed to 5 five-minute rounds and we’re prepping for that.
“In fact, Leon Edwards might have completed a unique preparation if he was preventing a no time-limit struggle. I simply suppose that even with a unique preparation, Diaz wins.
“I feel Diaz is the best, in all probability the very best road fighter – and by that I imply no guidelines, no judges, we simply struggle till certainly one of us is completed, till certainly one of us quits or is useless – I feel Diaz wins 99 per cent of the time.”