Nick and Nate Diaz are the last of a dying breed, MMA’s open palm slappers. Only the skin on skin collision of a slap can send a message heard round the world, and the Diaz brothers have perfected it.
Ask Mystic Mac what he knows about that Stockton smack.
The shot is effective at every level. It looks beautiful, hurts like hell, and draws the crowd’s eye like women on trampolines. Bas Rutten is considered the pioneer of using the blow in competition, often palm fucking someone’s liver so hard it deteriorated to that of a 96 year old alcoholic instantly. To this day, I have yet to see anyone duplicate the raw open handed horsepower that Rutten brought to the art.
“Where I come from, people like that get slapped.” Nick Diaz once said to Ariel Helwani, whose chances of surviving such a strike are slim. The Diaz brothers are from Stockton California, and each are blessed with the superhuman ability to deliver a prodigious Stockton slapping. Growing up in a hard environment has a direct correlation to your ability to slap someone up. If properly trained.
The art is not lost on the WWE. Former UFC Diva Rhonda Rousey received a slap from Stephanie McMahon that would have knocked her head clean off of her shoulders had she not previously trained with the Diaz brothers. Whenever Steph uses her cookie monster voice, you know she is dead ass serious.
One thing is certain, competitive mixed martial arts is in dire need of its next elite level forehand punch practitioner.
Honestly, where did it go? Despite rarely showing up in mixed martial arts competitions, it’s deeply embedded in the traditional martial arts.
The open palmed slap started off as more of a punch. A palm punch to the body. Now, it is a part of the fight game that has been neglected, and only the Diaz Bros themselves are worthy of delivering the open palm slap, live and effective while in the midst of a for prize exhibition of fisticuffs.