Is MMA unsportsmanlike? Nate Diaz says yes

Thursday, December 06, 2012

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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