Mixed martial arts (MMA), like football, can be a game of inches.
That’s according to former two-weight world champion (his words) Nick Diaz, who was forced to watch his brother Nate lose a close unanimous decision to Conor McGregor at the UFC 202 pay-per-view (PPV) event back in August.
Ordinarily, the elder Diaz would have cornered his younger sibling; however, Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) was still waiting to get paid (for this) and refused to issue a corner license for the sold-out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“Just one inch, that's the difference between how that fight could've gone. As far as I'm concerned, I definitely would've been that inch. ... They just wanted to keep me out of there. They know that it would've definitely helped him out a lot. I was seeing things in that fight that I would've called and told him. I was seeing things that he wasn't seeing, because I do these things and I know how they work out for me. It's kind of like a formula, you know what I mean? And I'm like, hey look, this is what you do. Come the third and fourth round, I think if I would've been there, we would've been able to put it together and got that guy out of there."
Diaz should have been able to win anyway, based on this.
Following their “Sin City” rematch, McGregor went on to capture the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in New York. Naturally, it didn’t take long for the combat sports community to start calling for a Diaz rubber match (because of this).