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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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GSP's trainer ZAHABI thinks Diaz is #1 Contender

Firas ZAHABI, the head trainer at Tri-star, thinks Nick Diaz is the true #1 at 170 lbs,

The fans would pay and want to see this fight..despite the belief that Hendricks is the #1 contender after wins over Fitch, a narrow split decision over Koscheck and the expected win over Kampann.

Hendricks looked great at Ufc 154, not many people picked Kampmann to win (even if they wanted him too)



"Tristar head trainer Firas Zahabi on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Georges St-Pierre dropped by his gym this past week to wish teammates well and get in a quick workout.

A conversation with the UFC welterweight champ about his future has yet to take place.

Zahabi, however, said that if St-Pierre decides for now to stay in his native division, he believes Nick Diaz should be considered the No. 1 contender.

Johny Hendricks is also deserving of a title shot, he said, but lacks the resume to be the next challenger.

"I think Diaz is the guy who deserves it most," Zahabi said. "His fight with Carlos (Condit) was so close. Who knows? People judge it both ways.

"[Diaz is] the guy who is the Strikeforce champion. He climbed up the ladder all the way. Johny deserves it very much, but Diaz has been there longer and done more fights and has bigger wins.

"If you want to be really fair about it, he is the guy who beat the most amount of names in the biggest fights."

Diaz (26-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC), a former Strikeforce champion, lost a unanimous decision to Condit at UFC 143, after which he tested positive for marijuana metabolites. The Nevada State Athletic Commission, which oversaw the bout, suspended him until Feb. 4, 2013.

The outspoken 29-year-old fighter is currently challenging his punishment in court.

According to UFC President Dana White, Hendricks (14-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) earned a No. 1 contender position following a first-round knockout of Martin Kampmann at UFC 154 earlier this month. However, White said St-Pierre (23-2 MMA, 17-2 UFC) is still vacationing following a triumphant decision over Condit in the main event of the Nov. 17 pay-per-view event and hasn't been approached about his next career move.

A superfight with middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) was a dominant topic of conversation following the fight, which took place at Montreal's Bell Centre. St-Pierre, who returned from a 19-month injury layoff, said he would take time off and then have a conversation with his team and family members.

Zahabi anticipates a career conversation with the champ following next Saturday's UFC on FOX 5, where the champ is scheduled to corner Rory MacDonald in the Tristar fighter's meeting with B.J. Penn.

The trainer has suggested Silva should drop to welterweight if the superfight is made, but he reiterated his opinion that St-Pierre would likely move up permanently in weight if a catchweight or middleweight bout is made.

"There will be plenty of time to discuss it," Zahabi said. "Everybody wants to know, and that's normal. But at the end of the day, he needs to enjoy himself. I'm sure we'll all get on the phone sooner or later."

Whatever St-Pierre's decision, Zahabi said the champ has options at welterweight.

"After he beat B.J., people were like, 'The division has been cleared out,'" he said. "But then it always seems to be the same thing. Some other guy gets a big win, and the division is not cleaned out. You just saw the same thing. Hendricks got a big win, and it's like there's still Hendricks on the table and still Diaz on the table. (Jon) Fitch just beat Erick Silva, so that name is back in the mix."

None of those options, however, carries the emotional charge of Diaz, whose callout following his victory Penn at UFC 137 reportedly sent St-Pierre into a rage. The two previously had been scheduled to fight at that event, but Diaz was yanked by the UFC for no-showing press obligations. St-Pierre, however, successfully lobbied for a meeting at UFC 143, which was scratched when he injured his ACL and Condit replaced him.

Prior to his return, St-Pierre said he has a "professional hatred" of Diaz.

For more on the UFC's upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site."


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Fitch and Koscheck > anyone Diaz has beat.

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I'm a Huge Diaz fan... He doesn't deserve it... But I would love too see it
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Fitch and Koscheck > anyone Diaz has beat.
MMAmath to the rescue.

Fitch could only manage to squeak a draw out of BJ Penn, whilst Nick Diaz went Rocky Balboa on his ass and went to work on BJ like he was a frozen piece of beef in the chiller.


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MMAmath to the rescue.

Fitch could only manage to squeak a draw out of BJ Penn, whilst Nick Diaz went Rocky Balboa on his ass and went to work on BJ like he was a frozen piece of beef in the chiller.

I don't mean it in as in Fitch > this guy and Koscheck > this guy.

I mean it as in, Fitch was ranked number 2 consistently for years except the period when he lost to GSP and Alves was wrecking everyone left and right on his way to fight GSP and Koscheck has been top five/ten for quite a while himself and Hendricks beat them both. No one Diaz has beat at 170 can make that claim, not to mention he's got a win over Mike Pierce in that stretch who is very underrated and he KO'ed Kampmann clean, something Marquardt and Daley couldn't even do.

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I'm a Huge Diaz fan... He doesn't deserve it... But I would love too see it
This.

I want to see Anderson Vs GSP next, and Diaz Vs Hendricks. Never going to happen but none the less...

There is no way that Diaz could deserve to be the #1 contender now. He IS coming off of a loss, and not one controversial enough to warrent an immediate rematch like Bendo and Edgar. He needs to come back from this, and the only reason he isnt way down the ranks is because he's probably better than everyone else in the division that isnt Condit and GSP, and I'd love to see Condit go to war with him in a rematch.



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Personally I would rather see GSP-Diaz. I believe GSP beats DIAZ and Anderson beats GSP.

I dont want to see GSP loose.
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What the hell was wrong with Diaz. I still havn't figured out why he didn't make it to the press conferences.

Zahabi has been more vocal than usual. They definitely don't want to face Hendricks. Diaz is a safe bet. I'm 99% sure he beats Diaz. He's too strong and will simply pound out Diaz to a five round UD.

Hendricks I'm actually going to say it's 60% GSP and 40% Hendricks which is pretty high. If Hendricks doesn't tire out then it could favor him. The only three rounder I can remember was against Koscheck. At that point he became very sloppy and his punching power went down + you could see he had very limited arsenal.

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I wouldnt be surprised if he is saying this because he believes Nick Diaz is the easier fight. I certainly believe Diaz is the easier fight.

Hell id love to see Diaz vs Hendricks for the contender spot.

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What the hell was wrong with Diaz. I still havn't figured out why he didn't make it to the press conferences.

Zahabi has been more vocal than usual. They definitely don't want to face Hendricks. Diaz is a safe bet. I'm 99% sure he beats Diaz. He's too strong and will simply pound out Diaz to a five round UD.

Hendricks I'm actually going to say it's 60% GSP and 40% Hendricks which is pretty high. If Hendricks doesn't tire out then it could favor him. The only three rounder I can remember was against Koscheck. At that point he became very sloppy and his punching power went down + you could see he had very limited arsenal.
It's not about Hendricks being a threat..they know they can gameplan him like Koscheck..use the reach advantage work the jab..bust him up, use the speed advantage..then takedown...wrestlers hate being on their backs.

Despite what GSP say about the $$....its always about the money (Silva fight aside)..Diaz is the big pay-day at WW..they will draw 700-900k PPV buys..

Hendricks isn't a known commodity..so for the casual fan its meh...I'll save my pennies for the Silva or Diaz fight...and u get 600k PPV buys,

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