By Chase Raymond:
The UFC on FOX 5 card in December is undoubtedly going to be one of the biggest cards of the year, headlining this card is Nate Diaz and Benson Henderson for the UFC lightweight championship. Nate Diaz has put in a lot of time training and fighting and he really earned his shot at the title the way you should, through hard work.
The young warrior from Stockton, California has fought in the WEC, Strikeforce and then made his way into the big show by winning the fifth season of the UFC reality show “The Ultimate Fighter.” He’s fought everybody the UFC has asked him to and since dropping from welterweight to lightweight Nate has won three fights in a row, all impressive, all finishes.
Nate Diaz recently appeared on Spike TV’s “MMA Uncensored Live,” with his brother, Nick, where he talked about his upcoming bout with Benson Henderson.
“Ben Henderson is a good opponent. He’s had some good fights. I’m pretty pumped up about fighting for a title. It’s been a long time. I’ve been fighting everybody at welterweight and lightweight for some time now. All my training partners and my brother have had my back. Training’s been going good. I just got out of boxing camp, so training’s never really stopped.”
When talking about his strategy for the fight he had this to say:
“I just gotta go in there and be a better fighter. I’ve been watching a lot of tape and watching what he does. I just gotta go in there and do the thing — do it better than him.”
Both Nick and Nate Diaz have always had great boxing skills, and Nate gives all the credit to his boxing coach, Richard Perez: Continue reading on page 2…
“I got a really good boxing coach in Richard Perez. He’s trained a lot of really good guys: Dominguez and Rodney Jones and my brother, Nick. He’s also been working with a couple other people lately. He’s the best boxing coach there is, in boxing. But, he’s in the MMA mix right now. Besides that, I’m at Cesar Gracie with Gilbert Melendez and Jake Shields and Nick. We’ve got good kickboxing dudes coming in from all over, so we’re trying to train hard.”
Benson Henderson will be without a doubt the toughest opponent to date for Nate Diaz. Nate’s Jiu Jitsu skills are insane and most his opponents are not on the same level as his, but that might not be so with Benson Henderson:
“I’ve seen him in jiu jitsu tournaments, also. So, I’ve kinda got an idea of what he’s got to deal with. But, I train with the best guys in the world. He’s really good. I’ve seen him in gi competitions. He gets out of stuff. He dominates people, real athletic guys. He’s definitely the champion for a reason.”Tags: featured, mma, MMA NEWS, ufc, ufc news