In the aftermath of the latest hearing of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, we’re celebrating a career that very commission may have just ended. Facing a five-year suspension from mixed martial arts competition, it’s possible that Nick Diaz could never be seen in the Octagon again. And that’s a shame.
We’re looking back at some of Diaz’s best performances and celebrating the innovative aspects of a style that has often been derided or ignored altogether. Diaz’s pace, his volume striking, his clinch fighting–all of these make him an important figure in the history of MMA.
After that it’s on to Bellator Dynamite, a combination MMA and kickboxing event that features an excellent light heavyweight tournament. Alongside ex-UFC fighter Phil Davis and King Mo Lawal, Emanuel Newton stands as the most interesting man in the tournament, as well as one of the most interesting men in the entire division. We try to understand the absolute weirdness of Newton’s style, an approach that shouldn’t work but does, over and over again.
We’re not sure how he’ll do in the tournament, but we’ll be tuning in to find out, because Emanuel Newton’s is a weirdness worth watching.
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