I think most people really undervalue the basics. The reason why the Diaz's are excellent at what they do is because of their foot work. Cowboy is ten times as athletic, ten times as powerful and is much more visually appealing........ against someone with the same shitty footwork. Not the Diaz's. This is why I always say true stand up fighters are much better if they transition well into the grappling arts rather than vice versa and more specifically, purists from a boxing back ground.
Their feet are in the right place at the right time, always. All it takes is a small step off to the right or left and your opponents amazing punching power is neutralized and they fall into your perfect range.
Nate against Cerrone was a perfect example. Watch it again and look at nothing but the feet. Nate is always to the outside of Cerrone's power (ie towards Cerrone's left) Cerrone on the other hand was only successful when he went out to Nate's right hand side and could get in his kicks. Against a southpaw, that is rule no one for any serious trainee that has been through the ropes in boxing. Dumb fuck poser wannabe UFC bullshit keeps hyping up these guys like they're monsters based only on their athleticism. Fuck that fake shit. Every serious fighter must get his ass handed to him in a boxing ring if they want to make it. Copping 2-3 rounds with a boxer of pure calibre will leave you looking for the bucket much more than doing 10 with a MMA fighter. MMA is still eons away in development in true art form, but it is rapidly growing.
This is why the Diaz's can not look so spectacular but maul their opponents every time.
Nick against BJ. He played bj with switching stances until he settled on southpaw and then kept to BJ's left . BJ couldn't adjust and Nick was cutting off his left side forcing him to the right every time. Problem is, by going to the right, BJ was walking straight into Nick's left.
Boxing is not just about hitting pads fast or hard or doing 50 rounds of it. If you're feet are in the right place, 9 times out of 10 you will hit your opponent, not get hit and have much more power than someone with much more physical power than you who's weight transfer, body positioning and footwork sucks balls.