Did you hear about the controversy surrounding Monday’s “UFC Fight Night 20” show? No, not that the main event between Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard was arguably the most uneventful lightweight scrap in MMA history, but that Diaz is now claiming he should have been on the other end of the split decision verdict.
Today, Diaz released a video blog questioning how he could have possibly lost a fight in which his face doesn’t have a mark on it and Maynard’s looked like he played the unenviable roll of punching bag.
“If anybody sees Gray Maynard, tell him to show his face today and see how it looks,” an upset Diaz stated. “I got more landed strikes in that fight, and I threw more [strikes].”
Although Diaz’ grill may not be blemished, two of the three judges sitting Octagon-side scored the 3Round battle in Maynard’s favor, 30-27 and 29-28, while only one judge saw it through Diaz’s eyes and rewarded the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu wizard a 29-28 score.
How in the world could that possibly happen, Nate???
“They must’ve been judging it on the person who they liked better because, obviously as far as the commentary was concerned, everybody liked Gray,” Diaz said of the one-sided verbiage used by the UFC mic men. “[Joe Rogan & Mike Goldberg] talked about me pretty negatively on there and they talked [Gray] up the whole time – leading all the people to believe I lost the fight.
“If you’re going to judge a fight, put the TV on mute if you can.”
Diaz isn’t the first competitor to suggest Goldie and Rogan appreciate certain fighters’ skills over others as UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida urged fans to re-watch his controversial unanimous decision win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 104 in silence as well.
“The American commentators were pretty much biased. If you see the fight without audio, you will probably see a different fight,” Machida said. “Shogun was a great opponent and had a nice strategy. He deserves all my respect as a fighter, but I was superior.”
Here’s the only question that I have with the mute theory; none of the judges, nor any of the fans sitting inside the arena, can hear a word either of the two commentators have said, so how could their persuasive skills possibly influence opinions?
We’ll Tweet this piece to Goldberg and Rogan to see if they have anything to say about Diaz’ comments.