I haven’t gotten a chance to see it yet (my family is in town for a few days so I’m behind on my watching), but I’m assuming that Nick Diaz really whupped Katsuya Inoue’s butt, because this morning we have Mike Sloan asking why Nick Diaz hasn’t been recognized as the second coming of Christ:
I haven’t been able to put my finger on why Diaz is shunned by the bulk of MMA fans in America. Granted, he hasn’t fought in the UFC since November 2006, and his last fights in the Octagon weren’t promoted to the extent of main card bouts, but there has to be some sort of lingering reason why Diaz isn’t marketed as much as many of his peers.
This is but an excerpt from Sloan from a 9-paragraph soliloquy on how Nick Diaz is the best and exciting and all that WITH a bag of chips. To me, it seems quite obvious why Diaz hasn’t become a household name yet: he’s inconsistent. And not just inconsistant in his record, but inconsistent in his performances.
Following his performance against Takanori Gomi, Nick Diaz was brought into EliteXC with the idea that he’d be one of the promotion’s superstars. But that hasn’t worked out so well, mainly because he looked sluggish and terrible against Mike Aina and then got schooled by KJ Noons. Add in the weed suspension and the fight cancellations and you’ve got a guy who’s fans even wonder if he’s got his shit together.
Nick Diaz certainly does have all the talent in the world, and he shows it off from time to time in spectacular fashion. But let’s not allow a glimpse of the ‘good’ Nick Diaz cloud our judgement here. There’s a nice long line of underachieving fighters who never live up to their potential because they’re just too inconsistant. Vitor Belfort comes to mind, and right now so does Nick Diaz.