Reduce Diaz made his return to the octagon after over six years out of competition and one coach is questioning whether or no longer that long layoff used to be too significant to beat.
In an interview with Submission Radio, coach Eugene Bareman—who cornered each and every featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and Dan Hooker to victories this past Saturday in Las Vegas—used to be asked for his ideas on Diaz’s loss to Robbie Lawler, which took put on the predominant card of UFC 266. Competing in his first fight since January 2015, Diaz succumbed to strikes early in the third round to his worn rival, a result that used to be no longer entirely handsome given the cases.
Diaz’s fight week demeanor raised eyebrows as his bout with Lawler used to be with out warning bumped up to a 185-pound contest and Diaz on occasion sounded reluctant to compete (an angle that wasn’t contemporary for him). Within the aftermath of his loss, Bareman speculated that Diaz used to be no longer practically as ready as he would per chance had been and per chance shouldn’t like fought in any respect.
“I’m a tiny bit upset, I guess,” Bareman said (transcription by technique of Denis Shkuratov). “I mean, I came throughout the ranks looking out at Reduce Diaz. And a man who’s been out that long and it appears to be like that had six weeks to practice with—Became it six years, I ponder? And then why did he most sensible like a six-week practising camp? That’s crazy. You would possibly maybe well also’t manufacture that to any individual.
“As staunch a fighter as he’s, which he showed, he ought to never had been in there. He ought to never had been in there. And we are able to speculate relating to the explanations he used to be in there. He used to be clearly a big plot, he brings so much of eyes to the game, to the pay-per-ogle and stuff, however it’s probably you’ll maybe well presumably’t like six years off, soar in in opposition to any individual who’s been usually combating, any individual who’s as staunch as Robbie Lawler, manufacture a six-week practising camp and near in there and inquire to originate.”
Searching on who you keep a ask to, Diaz build on a serviceable efficiency, however seeing him accomplished for the first time since 2007 used to be field off for some apprehension. At 38, it’s unclear what the future holds for Diaz, especially given his aforementioned disdain for combating.
Bareman credits Diaz’s means and skills with getting him throughout the Lawler fight. Relating to the hurt that Diaz has taken in some unspecified time in the future of his 38-fight career, Bareman isn’t making any assumptions about how his neatly being would per chance or would per chance no longer like affected him.
“It used to be most sensible the story of Reduce Diaz and precise his natural means and heart that kept him in that fight so long as it did,” Bareman said. “You would possibly maybe well also scrutinize that he used to be precise out of practice and he precise wasn’t conditioned or ready for the fight.
“I’m no longer gonna speculate whether or no longer that’s as a consequence of he’s gotten worn, for the 2nd it’s a more in-depth guess for me to claim it used to be precise as a consequence of he had six years off and he had a p*ss-uncomfortable practising camp. If he has that dazzling practising camp, gets so much of observe, he’s bought one fight under his belt and then he is available in and has a fight and also it’s probably you’ll maybe well presumably scrutinize some neurological signs of decay and also it’s probably you’ll maybe well presumably scrutinize some of this stuff, these telltale signs of any individual who’s a tiny bit too worn for the game. Whenever you scrutinize that in his next fight after his practising camp, then we are able to originate to fetch some conclusions on that, however for now, the motive we seen what we seen I ponder now we want to position it all the plot down to 6 years off and a extraordinarily uncomfortable practising camp. You would possibly maybe well also’t shut to the conclusion that it’s precise ‘field off he’s worn or neurologically broken.”
Seek for Bareman’s chunky interview with Submission Radio, including his ideas on Volkanovski presumably combating Max Holloway a third time, and extra: