Nick Diaz: GSP's explosive exercise routine is injury causing

source: turboexploder69

 One of the biggest news stories in MMA in 2011 was an avalanche of injuries that derailed major fights throughout the year. For example, Nick Diaz vacated his Strikeforce welterweight title for a shot at Georges St-Pierre's UFC welterweight crown. When Diaz missed a media conference, he was out of a title fight, and was given BJ Penn instead, with Carlos Condit, originally slated to face GSP replacing Diaz in the title shot.

Then GSP got hurt, and Diaz went to to bang BJ Penn into a short-lived retirement. With the win, Diaz again was lined up to face GSP, but the champion was again injured in training, and now Diaz is fighting Condit for the UFC Iinterim Welterweight title.

Vic Mysterio of the Hammerfisting MMA Podcast caught up with Diaz, and asked about the source of GSP's injuries.

Vic Mysterio: Do you think (GSP ) is ducking you?

Nick Diaz: "I don't think so. I think he's hurt. I think he might've hurt himself. He shouldn't have done that.

"If it hurts, don't do it.

"I had to go through a lot of fights like that. There were things I couldn't do, and I couldn't come in at 100 percent.

"So basically, heal and worry about your weight because that's all you're gonna be able to do is make the weight and go out there and fight. Sometimes you win some, sometimes you lose some, and sometimes you can't be at 100 percent though.

"But, no, he hurt himself. And you know, the way the type of exercises he does too, you're injury prone. You're higher likely to hurt yourself doing an explosive workout exercises. I have a different type of workouts. I'm a different type of athlete. And I think that we get hurt less, and we fight more. That's why I have had more fights than most people. I have twice as many fights as most of these guys out here.

"And I'm really young. I started out as young as you get. I get no credit for being one of the first guys in this sport at 18, 19, and every three four months we fought."


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superCalo site profile image  

1/11/12 3:56 PM by superCalo

And people complain using sreoids is cheating, but surgery, body modification specifically to create a advantage in mMa fights is ok ?

SKARHEAD site profile image  

1/11/12 3:55 PM by SKARHEAD


ehx site profile image  

1/11/12 3:52 PM by ehx

he said it happened while wrestling.maybe gsp needs a better nutritionist or s&c coach. sometimes bad nutritionists and s&c coachs encourage athlete clients to add questionable things to their diet that help performance in the short run but weaken tendons and ligaments in the long run.gsp should try a meat free, all natural diet like nick diaz. he might be less prone to injury if he made this change.

SKARHEAD site profile image  

1/11/12 3:42 PM by SKARHEAD

Diaz it's right...It's all about risk vs benefit...Like NFL players, GSP is doing what could be considered more risky training at higher volumes...but the benefit in terms of performance, winning, and money $$ make the risk worth it...Thing is, even w/ all the pre-hab preventative injury management, like NFL players, still get hurt. It is worth it to win, win, win and just dominate...but it is understood that the body is being placed under a very high stress and a weak link can blow out at anytime...especially w/ GSP's high volume of explosive work.In the end he is still human. A judgement of risk vs benefit was made and it's served him well thus far...but this time the risk turned into a reality.Still, do we know how the injury happened exactly ? Was he doing box jumps ? Did he eat a kick wrong , he fail defending a takedown, or just wake up that way ?

mixedmartialfarts site profile image  

1/11/12 2:31 PM by mixedmartialfarts

Yeah those scars look worse than they are... he used to cut easy because of the scar tissue build up, so he actually had that tissue removed and the bone filed down beneath the skin.  In theory he is much less likely to get a bad cut there than before the surgery.

HexRei site profile image  

1/11/12 2:29 PM by HexRei

Totally plausible given all the crazy ways a knee can end up bending while grappling. I hurt mine pretty bad (didn't tear the MCL itself, but a chunk of the bone it was attached to ripped off of my knee) snowboarding and that was just the force of my knee being twisted from catching my edge and going down flat on my face.

mmanthebay site profile image  

1/11/12 2:24 PM by mmanthebay

Based on what? "The better athlete" is not the best term when it comes to comparing physical attributes. It's misleading? Outside of MMA what athletic events does GSP participate in?

Kumite4 site profile image  

1/11/12 2:13 PM by Kumite4

Not trying to thump my chest but it was asked.But like I said, my point was Ive known a lot of guys who had torn ACLs

leftlegtrumpcard site profile image  

1/11/12 1:48 PM by leftlegtrumpcard

I would say kumite just owned woody. National level is a hell of an accomplishment in any sport.

12SixElbow site profile image  

1/11/12 1:23 PM by 12SixElbow

 How so? He's had 3 or 4 major injuries.