When you think of MMA and in particular, fighters who are skilled in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, one name should immediately spring to mind: Nate Diaz. The winner of The Ultimate Fighter 5 has taken down some absolute beasts over his fourteen-year journey. Notable victims include Conor McGregor, Donald Cerrone, Gray Maynard, and Takanori Gomi. The Conor McGregor vs Diaz II fight still holds the record for the highest UFC Pay Per View buyrate with UFC 202.
That fight, which Diaz lost on decision was the last time we actually saw him in the cage, a bitter Diaz still believes he won that fight. But now he is back and hard at work for his showdown with Dustin Poirier in November. The American’s long-awaited return to the cage comes just a month after McGregor’s and, similarly to the Irishman’s fight against Nurmagomedov, features a known striker matching up against a submission artist. 13 of Poirier’s victories have come by knockout.
Diaz, whose middle name is Donald, was, in the 2016 lead up to his second fight with McGregor, spotted at a BJJ camp in Honolulu, Hawaii, which was attended by some great masters and students from around the world. After a hard session, a few days into the camp, Diaz and renowned BJJ fight Jason, “Surfah J” Vigil engaged in a gruelling six-minute ‘flow-roll’. For those who don’t know, the flow roll is a technique whereby fighters constantly and smoothly change position in order to train their brains to quickly pick up new grappling points and avenues to pin the other.
The technique takes practice, patience and is an mentally gruelling as it is physically. The two wore the traditional ‘gi’ garments for the roll around, which allows for different hand-grasping positions. This luxury won’t be afforded to Diaz in the cage, obviously, but it is bloody good training and six minutes is a long time to roll. Check out highlights from the roll in the clips below and marvel at the speed with which the pair are able to pick up their next move and plan ahead. Poirier had better be ready to bring his A-Game on November 4th!