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post #961 of 40970
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I would almost guarantee Diaz and Khabib square off. Dana knew what he was doing when he said Nate turned down the fight :lol

 

@danawhite @ufc are full of **** I didn’t turn down anything …

— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) January 12, 2014

 

@NateDiaz209 @danawhite @ufc @arielhelwani If you not scared, let's fight!!

-Khabib

post #962 of 40970

Diaz should take that fight.  Gil has potential title aspirations, but Nate is a bit far away from that right now.  Might as well fight the guy and stay relevant.

post #963 of 40970
Nate is comedy.

Terrible match for him though. It would probably play out like the Rory fight.
Edited by Smedroc - 1/12/14 at 9:20am
post #964 of 40970

Yeah really, a smothering grappler is Nate's bane.  Benson Henderson and Rory are two examples.

 

But his interviews are really entertaining.  Just as good as the fights.  Damn, when is Nick going to fight again?  MMA needs that guy.

post #965 of 40970
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Originally Posted by DeezyVSOP2 View Post
 

Diaz should take that fight.  Gil has potential title aspirations, but Nate is a bit far away from that right now.  Might as well fight the guy and stay relevant.


Nate is still as relevant as anyone in the lightweight division. He doesn't need to fight Khabib to stay relevant.

post #966 of 40970

Maybe relevant is the wrong word.

 

Rankings don't always mean much, but look at the guys above him.  He's already lost to Benson and Thomson.  He won't fight Gil. 

 

Khabib is ranked below him and I'd rather see Diaz fight Khabib than Dos Anjos vs. Khabib.

post #967 of 40970
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Originally Posted by DeezyVSOP2 View Post
 

Maybe relevant is the wrong word.

 

Rankings don't always mean much, but look at the guys above him.  He's already lost to Benson and Thomson.  He won't fight Gil. 

 

Khabib is ranked below him and I'd rather see Diaz fight Khabib than Dos Anjos vs. Khabib.


Dos Anjos is fighting Rustam

 

Diaz has a few options: Khabib, Johnson (who was calling for a fight), Bobby Green, possibly even TJ Grant who's been injured

post #968 of 40970
I don't pay much attention like I used to in mma. I don't even know who this khabib guy is.
post #969 of 40970

Khabib is making moves in the lightweight division.  Probably not many gave him a chance against Healy and he made Healy look average.

 

 

But about the options for Diaz, none of those guys really helps Diaz that much, except for maybe Grant.  Khabib would be next I guess.

 

I'd like to see all of those fights though, especially Johnson.  But Diaz would be doing those guys a favor.  I guess beating one of them makes his case stronger too at the same time.

post #970 of 40970

From what Diaz's manager said in an interview they're not afraid of fighting Khabib but they turned down the fight. They asked UFC for a new contract and they said no, not after just 1 win in a row. So in return Diaz's team turned down the fight. And according to them, its probably wise for Nate to sit around and wait for a title shot against Pettis. 

post #971 of 40970
Love how Nate's camp is doing their best to make the MMA community forget about the Thomson loss.

They are right though, the Diaz name sells and Pettis/Diaz is probably the most marketable fight in that division. Pay the man.
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post #972 of 40970
He's 1-2 in his last 3 fights. Or they could just say he's 1-0 in his last fight and he should get the next title fight.
post #973 of 40970
Browne/Verdum and Tate/Carmouche booked for a FOX card in April.

Main Event still to come.
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post #974 of 40970
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Nate needs to get a new contract, he deserves one but he also is two wins away from a title shot.

 

Glad Browne/Werdum got scheduled. Hope Browne continues to evolve and dominates Werdum setting up a great match with Cain.

post #975 of 40970

Didn't GSP ask for Diaz after he beat Condit?  Diaz lost to Condit previous to that, yet still got a title shot.

 

The same could plausibly happen between Diaz and Pettis.  The way he lost to Thomson was much more convincing than the way Nick lost to Condit though.  Still, there's been some entertaining trash talk between the two.

post #976 of 40970
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Didn't GSP ask for Diaz after he beat Condit?  Diaz lost to Condit previous to that, yet still got a title shot.

 

The same could plausibly happen between Diaz and Pettis.  The way he lost to Thomson was much more convincing than the way Nick lost to Condit though.  Still, there's been some entertaining trash talk between the two.


Dana did promise Nick Diaz a title shot when Diaz vacated the Strikeforce belt, but he missed all those pre-fight promotional events so he got replaced by Condit. Nick Diaz at least earned that initial title shot (before losing to Condit) when he was absorbed into the UFC.

 

There's no way Nate Diaz deserves a shot since he never earned a title shot in the first place. If he were to beat Khabib I could see a case being built but right now he is two fights away. Gilbert, Ben and Thomson are all right there too.

post #977 of 40970
Why does Nate deserve a title shot so soon after losing his title shot against Bendo
post #978 of 40970
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Why does Nate deserve a title shot so soon after losing his title shot against Bendo

I don't see Nate getting another shot tbh. Too many bad match ups for him in the top 10.
post #979 of 40970
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Even though Pettis has Bendo's number and is champ, I think Bendo is a worse matchup for Diaz. I don't see Diaz beating Pettis nor Bendo. I also believe RDS and Khabib are nightmare matchups for him... not to mention TJ Grant is still out there kind of like the forgotten man, would be quite the matchup for Diaz.

post #980 of 40970
Also if Gilbert wins the strap Nate's on ice until he loses it.
post #981 of 40970
Nate diaz only needs one win to get another title shot. One entertaining fight and a surprising win. If the great dana white likes you, sometimes ranking doesn't matter. You all should know this hahaha.
post #982 of 40970
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Injuries would have to come in to play. The division is too loaded for Dana to pull that crap. Gilbert, benson, Thomson, khabib, RDS, grant all waiting. Diaz is in no postion to be one fight away.
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Nate diaz only needs one win to get another title shot. One entertaining fight and a surprising win. If the great dana white likes you, sometimes ranking doesn't matter. You all should know this hahaha.

Nate has started to get pretty loose with his words as of late and we all know how personal Dana takes things.

That being said i'd love to see him and his brother as champs smokin.gif


Some interesting fights on the midweek card.

I'm looking for my man Rockhold to prove that he's gonna be a problem at 185. Same goes for Larkin, although to a lesser degree.
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Crazy....

http://www.mmaweekly.com/mauricio-zingano-mma-trainer-and-husband-of-ufc-fighter-cat-zingano-found-dead-in-his-home

Reports are he committed suicide. They have a son too.....

 

Yeah pretty damn shocking.  My friend is more into MMA than I am and she flipped out.

post #986 of 40970
Damn....that cat zangano story smh

Did y'all see that gsp interview?

Not sure what he's trying to prove by talking like he's suspicious of Hendricks

Kind of a *** move imo

My bad. http://espn.go.com/mma/story/_/id/10295418/georges-st-pierre-says-ufc-stance-drug-testing-partly-exit
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Cat can't catch a break. mean.gif
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post #988 of 40970
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I'm ready for tonight's card, hoping for rockhold to rebound and look dominant. Don't think phillipou has ever been finished
post #989 of 40970
Here's to Rockhold rebounding and getting a big W tonight...
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post #990 of 40970
Romero vs Brunson fight is really entertaining these dudes growing haymakes
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