Tuesday, February 7, 2012
MMA Blurb - Diaz vs Condit I
I had assumed Diaz would be the victor. It wasn't just the Vegas odds either. I genuinely like the Diaz brothers and tend to favor them, even over someone more like-able like Donald Cerrone. From the moment the fight was announced, to the moment just before Condits name rang out as interim champ, my bias assured me Diaz would win. When the announcer listed the judges scoring, I was sure it was Diaz winning. So was Diazs corner. Rogan commented on his podcast, that he had scored the fight for Condit while ringside, but scored it for Diaz when viewing it the next day.
The camera angels, the replays, and overall versatility of viewing it on his tv, versus viewing it ringside changed his opinion. So after talking about the fight with friends, I watched it again. I pretended to hate Diaz, and this time I saw how it could have gone either way. The fightmetrics show Condit throwing more strikes in every round. I still felt that Diaz did a better job at controlling the cage the majority of the fight.
But charging ahead and taking punches, is worse than retreating and avoiding them.
Don't leave it up to the judges. Ive heard this so many times, it makes me wish judges were not necessary. Considering MMA can't be sanctioned state-to-state, let alone judged consistently, removing judging isn't something that is viable at this point. What we can do is attempt to add consistency to their efforts. Tools like instant replay or tactics like spreading out the judges could be employed. In twenty years, the nano-tech will exist to just embed the sensors into the fighters bodies and gloves. A lot of epic fights can happen between now and then, and my hope is that we move towards enabling judges to be consistent so that $20K gloves are not needed.
So what about a rematch?
Well that was my first thought after the decision. Why not? The entire road-map to this fight has been wrought with plan changes. GSP is going to need some time to heal and get into shape. Also, Diaz isn't mentioned in the list of medical suspensions. If he accepted, his motivation might make Diaz vs Condit II, better than Diaz vs Anything.