Nathan Diaz just insulted the entire sport of boxing and basketball

Nathan Diaz insulted the entire sport of boxing and basketball in a single Twitter post.

Nathan Diaz took a swipe at both boxing and basketball in a tweet over the weekend.

“Losing a boxing match is like losing a basketball game. It’s not a real fight,” he wrote with the fist emoji.

His attitude may result from his background in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which focuses on grappling and ground fighting. This art is arguably one of great skill as the fighter seeks to dominate and control the opponent and force him into submission. Ground control allows a fighter to overwhelm an opponent of greater size, strength and even aggression as the technique relies heavily on leverage, grip and position.

MMA is undoubtedly a challenging sport, but Diaz’s comment seems to imply that boxing requires little to no combat. While dominating another boxer relies solely on above-the-belt punches, MMA allows for a variety of techniques. Punches, kicks, elbows, wrestling, and submissions are fair game when you’re trying to win. Technically, boxers have to fight with less to get the job done, implying that it is actually a real fight. The range of weapons available to MMA fighters (e.g. elbows, knees, legs, fists, etc.) is larger. Diaz’s tweet begs the question: isn’t the sport that demands more with less the real sport?

Nate Diaz’s tweet could imply further frustration with MMA

Diaz’s former opponent Josh Thompson speculates that Diaz will leave the UFC for good and pick up boxing gloves in the ring against YouTube star Jake Paul.

Could it be that Diaz is bitter about his fighting career with the UFC? Recent tweets show his animosity towards the promotion, citing that he is anxious to fight as soon as possible. Close to his final fight deal with the UFC, he seems hungry for a massive fight and out like a champ. Nathan Diaz just insulted the entire sport of boxing and basketball

John Verrall

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