The lead up to UFC 158 was an interesting affair that saw Nick Diaz sell the fight against an angry Georges St. Pierre. That type of intrigue caught fans' attention and probably drove the sales of the pay-per-view to the maximum capacity possible.
Look at the media call and the press conferences. Diaz really showed off his crazy side and had MMA fans everywhere excited for his fight with the champion.
When the scrap was said and done, we were left expecting and wanting more.
Diaz is known for his boxing and cardio, which allows him to throw a volume of punches that stymie an opponent. Against GSP, that was almost impossible, as the champion was constantly taking down the Stockton native and making him uncomfortable.
We always hear about Diaz's great jiu-jitsu and guard, but that was barely on display as well. GSP's wrestling was far superior to Diaz's grappling ability, and he was rarely in trouble on the ground when Diaz looked for a submission.
The most entertaining part of the scrap was referee Yves Lavigne having to actually get in the middle of Diaz and GSP when the buzzer sounded to end the round. On more than one occasion, Diaz looked to throw a punch after the bell, which was hilarious as it was disrespectful to the system.
With all the lead up this fight brought and stories of "wolf tickets" on the part of Diaz, you have to find yourself on the side of disappointed with the fight. For all the lead-up and drama that the fight brought, the bout was sort of a letdown.
Sure, we expected GSP to win the fight. And yes, we figured GSP's wrestling would be the differenc-maker in this fight.
That doesn't mean we weren't hoping for a five-round barnburner.
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