Joe Rogan agrees with Nick Diaz that he didn’t have sufficient time to prepare for his return.
Diaz (26-10 MMA, 7-7 UFC) got here again from a six-and-a-half-year layoff to rematch Robbie Lawler at UFC 266, and he didn’t seem like in his finest bodily type after requesting the combat be contested at 185 kilos as an alternative of welterweight as initially scheduled.
Lawler exacted his revenge 17 years later from their first assembly at UFC 47, scoring a third-round TKO of Diaz after Diaz elected to not proceed when he was dropped by a pair of punches. Following the combat, Diaz claimed that the way in which the combat was arrange was a “bum rap” and that he had quite a lot of stress coming into it. His coaching companion and fellow former Strikeforce champion, Jake Shields, steered that Diaz was pressured into taking the combat and solely had six weeks to coach, which Rogan thinks was evident in his efficiency.
“My thing about Nick Diaz is, when I looked at him physically, I was like, I don’t know how much he’s been training,” Rogan stated on his “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. “When Nick was in his prime, he was actually lean. He’s positively an older man now, however the factor is, I don’t suppose you may simply bounce again in that straightforward after six years out of the game. I believe you’d most likely want extra time to organize.
“I don’t know how much time he had to prepare and why they agreed to do a fight on short notice, because I think it was only six weeks’ notice – which I think is fine if you’re Michael Chandler, if you’re in peak form right now and you’re ready to go and someone gives you six weeks. I bet you can get ready for a fight. But if you’re a guy who has been off for that long, you’re gonna need more time, I think. I’m just guessing. I don’t know how much time it took him.”
Rogan, who wasn’t on commentary obligation at UFC 266, thought Diaz gave an honest account of himself however want to see him put the enough period of time into his preparation earlier than taking one other combat.
“My point was, he didn’t do that bad for a guy that was out six (years),” Rogan stated. “Robbie Lawler was pressuring him, and he was putting it on him, and he was definitely getting the better of the exchanges, but it’s not like Nick Diaz didn’t have his moments. He definitely did. He would just have to have way more time to prepare, and he would have to be really ready to go. Like the old Nick Diaz, like the Nick Diaz that fought Anderson Silva, like the Nick Diaz that fought Georges St-Pierre, like the Nick Diaz that fought Paul Daley in Strikeforce, that dude was a f*cking killer.”
He continued, “Can he still do that at 38? Well, maybe. We don’t know if you just have one fight. You need time. If you’re body hasn’t been used to this stuff and you haven’t been training as much as you were when you were in your prime, if you still want to do it again legitimately, physically he probably can. But it’s like, you run a marathon, when you start out and you run a mile and you’re dead, and you’re like, ‘I can’t believe anyone can run 26 of those,’ but if you do it over and over and over again, you build up. I don’t think he had a chance to build back up after being off for that much time. I think you get back to where he was Nick Diaz at his best, he’s got to have some time.”