Is MMA unsportsmanlike? Nate Diaz says yes

source: mmajunkie
 

The Diaz brothers, Nick and Nate, bring a raw sensibility to mixed martial arts that is inescapably compelling. In a recent interview, younger brother Nate spoke frankly about a discipline that nearly became extinct after being branded "human cockfighting" and since turned a spectacle into the world's fastest growing sport.

"Everybody who fights tries to sell themselves as a great sportsman and competitor, a great athlete," said Nate. "We're out there trying to damage each other and finish each other. We're trying to take each other out. We both want to win by knockout or submission or some type of finish rather than decision. I think that's pretty unsportsmanlike in itself."

Is Nate right? Is MMA inherently sportsmanlike?

Nate Diaz fights UFC Lightweight champion Benson Henderson for the title on free TV Saturday night at UFC on FOX 5 live from Seattle's KeyArena on FOX at 8 p.m. ET.

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ender852 site profile image  

12/6/12 7:29 PM by ender852

How hard is it to be respectful, shake hands, don't cheat or break the rules, and don't act like an asshole win or lose when the competition is over? It is a sport with rules you agreed to compete in, you don't have to hold yourself to any kind of standards if you don't want to, but you have no right to be pissed when you are judged for your poor form.Fuck, what is it about the Diaz brothers that bring fucking idiots out of the woodwork?The guy makes a valid, cogent point and you call him a disgusting retard? I hope you get aids and die alone you sick excuse for a human being.

Tolstolobic site profile image  

12/6/12 5:25 PM by Tolstolobic

I kinda agree..209 muthafckers!

BshMstr site profile image  

12/6/12 5:15 PM by BshMstr

Mortal Kombat? we're square now...

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12/6/12 4:14 PM by nick diaz nut hugger

Apples and oranges, friend. It's the difference between getting cut (Paul Daley) and receiving no additional punishment beyond what the AC gave him (Nate Diaz). You really can't compare punching a guy after the bell to the Mayhem melee.

KZTT_W85 site profile image  

12/6/12 4:09 PM by KZTT_W85

^

JakodaRay site profile image  

12/6/12 4:07 PM by JakodaRay

I guess we'll have to agree to disagree(OMG I always wanted to say that). In my opinion MMA always will be rather unsportmanslike and pretty barbaric, but I love it no matter what.

Meohfumado site profile image  

12/6/12 4:06 PM by Meohfumado

Nope, don't recall them missing weight or punching a guy after the bell.But they did jump a guy in the ring, and one started a fight in a hospital IIRC....Not hating on either, or weighing in on the whole sportsmanship thing. But just thought that was an odd comment to make.

Hessian site profile image  

12/6/12 4:01 PM by Hessian

MMA is no longer the fastest growing sport. Sorry to break the news but paddle boarding now is the fastest growing sport.

nick diaz nut hugger site profile image  

12/6/12 3:58 PM by nick diaz nut hugger

BshMstr, is THIS your definition of combat? ;)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAwWPadFsOA&feature=youtube_gdata_player Oh, and legit apology for calling you retarded earlier

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12/6/12 3:53 PM by nick diaz nut hugger

VTFU for being the voice of motherfucking reason