Luke Thomas seems to think that Cerrone vs Diaz would have been the exact same fight sans the pre-fight bad blood.
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Perfect example, this whole Donald Cerrone/Nate Diaz fight. This was a perfectly good fight between top contenders that was ruined for me going into it, I couldn’t even enjoy it properly, because the whole time we had to manufacture some sort of significance around two donks not liking each other at a staged workout. Really? How old are we? And this is reported on in the media ad nauseam! The tones of language devoted to an act of nothingness promoted by each competitor over an act of nothingness completely distracted from what you were going to get any way! If they had never even seen each other before, never even interacted before and just had to face one another, you’d probably would have gotten the exact same fight.
I couldn't disagree more, the fact that they dislike each other the way they do, for the reasons they do, is part of what makes each fighter who they are. Nate Diaz wouldn't be Nate Diaz, if he didn't have that Stockton state of mind that forces him to be ready to fight at the first side ways look or glare. Just like Donald Cerrone wouldn't be acting very much like Cowboy Cerrone had he been able to resist pushing Nate Diaz to the edge when ever he could. It's their personalities and there athletic expression of them in the cage that make people care about the fight as much as the athletic en-devour itself. Which is why the idea of doing away with pre-fight theatrics would hinder the sports growth more then help it, because whether Luke Thomas likes it or not, people like a little sizzle with their steak.