In a recent interview with Sherdog, perennial Coach of the Year Greg Jackson, lays out and defends the strategy Carlos Condit used to defeat Nick Diaz Saturday night at UFC 143 for the Wleterweight Interim title.
"That was the game plan," said Jackson. "When you are fighting a guy like Nick who is so amazing and he does things so well, the last thing you want to do is sit kind of flat footed and get in a face punching contest with him.
"And so 'm sorry there's flack going around the Internet, but If you don't appreciate the way Muhammad Ali or Sugar Ray Leonard or some of these great guys that do their sticking and moving, I don't know what to tell you.
"I am not going to tell my guy to do what the other guy is really really good at. and then throw the dice and win It seems to me the smart thing to do would be to hit him a lot and then not get hit.
"I'm no rocket scientist, but hitting a lot and not getting hit … sounds like a good idea."
"Part of our game plan was the body attack, with the legs and the body. That attack came to fruition. It is kind of like investing in a bank - you are putting your money in in the early rounds, and then you start slowing down and start to take over.
"At that crucial time, at that pivotal third round, when Nick started to slow down, Carlos started to speed up. So sometimes you can go and use, you can stay away from someone's strengths. Certainly we did that ..."
"In addition to that, you can go after someone's strengths. Nick's strength is pace, and so we wanted to slow down that pace a lot, and let Carlos dictate that."
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