Nick Maximov: Nick and Nate Diaz ‘are arguably the greatest martial artists to ever grace the octagon’

Nick Maximov: Nick and Nate Diaz ‘are arguably the greatest martial artists to ever grace the octagon’

Nick Maximov has high prize for two of his major mentors. The protegé of Nick

Nick Maximov has high prize for two of his major mentors.

The protegé of Nick and Nate Diaz not long ago improved his qualified MMA history to 8- with a split conclusion win more than Punahele Soriano in the co-key party of UFC Vegas 47 this earlier Saturday night time, with Nate in the APEX cheering his fighter on.

Maximov seems to be up to the extremely well known brotherly duo and hopes to someday live up to the anticipations they have established in MMA, and for the 24-12 months-outdated prospect.

“I believe Nick and Nate are arguably the biggest martial artists to at any time grace the octagon,” Maximov mentioned on The MMA Hour. “Nick won every single title if you think about it, he gained Strikeforce, he defeat Takanori Gomi when he was the guy, Elite XC, I imagine Nick was the person. So if they inform me to do something, I’m gonna do it.”

Maximov started instruction at the Nick Diaz Academy when he was an early teenager immediately after finding martial arts by means of a marathon of flicks starring icons from Bruce Lee to Jackie Chan.

Right after seeing the Diaz Brothers compete, he understood getting all around them and their scrappy fashion was the ideal move to make to acquire his journey to a different stage.

“I was a massive Nate admirer, but I was a genuinely significant Nick supporter,” Maximov defined. “I preferred Nate, but I actually preferred Nick. It was just a thing about his design that I truly preferred — just his battling design and style, I did not genuinely care what they explained in interviews and things like that — I just preferred how they combat. It truly just spoke to me how they do jiu-jitsu, how they box, all of that stuff.

“It was fairly rough at initial. You get defeat up, no doubt. I see black belts occur in all the time and some times they get tapped out by blue belts. It is a hardcore fitness center, but I like it since it is a martial artist health and fitness center. We prepare martial arts, not just preventing, it is all about martial arts. So it is a deeper philosophy than just fighting.”

Adhering to a productive octagon debut from Cody Brundage at UFC 266 in September, Maximov was elevated to a increased place on the main card. Just after a competitive initial round exactly where he ate a massive knee, Maximov’s wrestling and grappling grew to become the change in excess of the remaining 10 minutes of the struggle to protected the victory.

Of study course, there is always advantages to preventing within the APEX, specially when fighters like Nate Diaz and Gilbert Melendez are in the small place shouting out guidelines from the audience.

“I heard him in the back again and every single round he acquired closer and closer, and sooner or later in the 3rd round he was damn in close proximity to in the cage with me,” Maximov said of Diaz. “Like he was about to hop in and battle this dude for me. It was interesting.

“Gilbert was there, too, and he’s a really good mentor. He could be a greater mentor than he is a fighter.”