Nick Diaz (L) (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)n61AxVn9mvMTechnique Spotlight: The Stockton Slap José Youngs December 10, 2014 Spotlight In the past, we here at The MMA Corner have broken down some of the most commonalty known yet effective fighting techniques that have frequented hundreds of fighters’ arsenals. Everything from the technical wizardry that is the question mark kick to day one submission that is the guillotine. But today our readers are in for a treat because today we are discussing a skill that has become synonymous with a single fighter. Well, maybe two fighters. So with that being said, let us take a look at Diaz Brother’s signature move: The Stockton Slap. This is a technique implemented by the Diaz brothers Nick and Nate. In pretty much all of their fights they start of with what fans like to refer to as a “pitter-patter” of light punches, at about 60% power, to the head and body of their opponents. As the seconds slowly begin to tick away on the fight clock the Stockton natives will gradually begin to pick up the pace. Commonly refereed to as “punches in bunches” because before you know it they have landed an incredibly high volume of strikes upon their foe. This style of attack feels like more of a nuisance than a damaging style of attack, which, more often than not, visibly frustrates their opponents as the Diaz brothers shout phrases such as “B***h,” “What,” “Stockton” or “209” (the area code of Stockton) between strikes. As they whittle away at their opponents body and will, the Diaz brothers will begin to mix in power shots whenever they see an opening. It is as this crucial point in the fight where they unleash a barrage of shots at 100% power, or in some cases an open hand slap, to the skull and midsection of their concussed opponents. Pay close attention because the knockout is coming. Now I’m not saying this move originated with Diaz brothers. That would just be absurd considering fist fighting has been apart of mankind since cavemen roamed the planet. But they undoubtedly use this style of fighting better then anyone else inside the Octagon.