Thursday, May 30, 2013

Nate Diaz on putting his middle fingers up

I think we all respect fighters who show a lot of class and dignity and respect in the cage. But at the same time there are fighters who don't view the sport of mixed martial arts as much as a sport, but take into consideration the actual acts taking place in the cage for what they are. Nick and Nate Diaz, two of the greatest brother duos in the sport of mixed martial arts, are fighters who take this mentality. For them they don't feel there is much class in what they are doing in the first place, because it's a fight. So they don't feel the need to pretend that they are friendly with their opponent, who will be looking to knock them out, cut them up via elbows, choke them unconscious, or hyperextend their limbs. Many fighters who compete see this all being as part of the context of sport, but for some fighters like the Diaz brothers, they don't view it in that sense and don't mask their intentions and feelings towards their opponents. As long as they are scheduled to fight their opponent, they do not like them. They know their opponent will be trying to hurt them and damage them badly in the cage, so they are not interesting in exchanging pleasantries with them and putting on a false front of politeness towards them. It's sometimes off-putting to see for some people because we're accustomed to seeing quite a bit of respect between opponents, however this type of honesty that Nick Diaz and Nate Diaz bring to the game is also something that is refreshingly different and that honesty is something we can respect and appreciate:

Why should I watch my mouth? You're trying to knock me out and hit me with elbows and bloody my face in front of my friends and family and the whole world. So I don't care about putting my middle finger up to that.

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