Nate Diaz misplaced to Leon Edwards at UFC 263, however given his efficiency within the last spherical it felt like he was the winner.
Britain’s Edwards dominated for one of the best a part of 4 and a half rounds of their welterweight conflict however after being staggered by Diaz within the last minute, ‘Rocky’ barely held on to see the struggle out.
However he did cling on and safe a convincing 49-46 sweep throughout the board.
Former welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns was crucial of Edwards within the aftermath of the struggle. Not as a result of he was staggered by the Stockton legend, however as a result of he couldn’t end Diaz.
“I believe Leon Edwards misplaced the shot simply because he didn’t get a end. He wasn’t hungry. Not even criticizing the man. I believe he fought superb. He’s a really good fighter. However he’s not a finisher.
“When you go all day and typically simply, as they are saying, chunk the mouthpiece, and go ahead, and end the struggle, typically you’re gonna get the shot,” Burns stated (h/t MMA Information).
“However for those who simply kinda point-fight, successful the struggle, that’s good for you. You earn more money, you’re altering contracts, you’re getting higher, getting well-known. However on the finish of the day, the actual followers, the actual guys, the loopy man with the ‘Simply Bleed,’ these are the actual followers.
“And so they need to see violence. They need to see a end. They go loopy when somebody does a loopy knockout. And I simply assume he misplaced the shot (with) that efficiency.”
Apparently, solely 5 of Burns’ 19 wins in his profession have come by way of resolution with eight submissions and 6 knockouts. Edwards additionally has 19 wins – together with 9 in a row – however he has 10 resolution victories with six knockouts and three submissions. His final 4 victories have been resolution wins.
Diaz, nonetheless, was not impressed with Gilbert’s perception and responded to a query by an MMA information outlet on Twitter.
“He [Burns] would’ve bought knocked out like whenever you fought [Dan] Hooker and [Kamaru] Usman – you bought your hungry ass slept. Newbie,” he blasted.
Diaz is correct; Burns’ final two losses have come by way of knockout. If Diaz desires to maintain dealing with high contenders at 170lbs, the Brazilian nonetheless ranked second within the division.
UFC president Dana White has maintained that Colby Covington is subsequent for champion Usman. Edwards could watch for the winner of that conflict after which take his shot.