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Old 03-07-2013, 04:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Nick Diaz open to Lightweight and Middleweight Titles

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Next Saturday Nick Diaz challenges for the UFC's welterweight title. But in the future, he wouldn't mind moving up to compete at middleweight – or even down a division to challenge for the 155-pound title.

"If I had that option available to me, I would be honored to be in that position, and I would be gratefully accepting of that position or fight, if you will, with the 185-pound champion or the 155-pound champion," Diaz said. "I would take either fight, and I think I could beat either guy to win a title at both weights.

"I'd like to be runner-up in the pound-for-pound rankings. That's the No. 1 goal, aside from the No. 1 ranking in the welterweight division."

While Diaz has often talked about a potential move up to 185 pounds, especially if it involved a potential bout with top pound-for-pound fighter and the long-reigning middleweight champ Anderson Silva. However, today call was the first time he mentioned a possible drop to lightweight to challenge for that title, as well.

The move wouldn't be entirely unprecedented. In the past, Diaz competed for the now-defunct PRIDE and EliteXC organizations. However, those promotions set the lightweight limit at 161 and 160 pounds, respectively. The UFC's lightweight limit is 155 pounds.

Still, Diaz said he's interested in fighting the very best fighters in the world, regardless of weight class.

Of course, he'll have exactly that in front of him at next week's "UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz" event, where Diaz (26-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC) meets UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (23-2 MMA, 18-2 UFC), widely considered one of the sport's top three fighters. St-Pierre has held the UFC's welterweight title since 2008, and he currently boasts six straight title defenses, more than any welterweight champion in UFC history.

In short, St-Pierre is not the type of opponent to look past. But Diaz said that's simply the way he approaches his career. Sure, he's focused on the task at hand, but there are other challenges ahead. Such is the way of a top martial artist.

"Me and Georges St-Pierre, we're a lot different," Diaz said. "For me, I look past every opponent because I'm not looking at just one obstacle. I think for me, it's easier to deal with when I accept the fact that I'm never going to get out of this. It's not just a fight, it's fighters.

"I look past every opponent to get to the No. 1 spot of the welterweight division, and I look further beyond that. If it were up to me, I would take that fight with Anderson Silva. I would say, 'Yeah, of course.' I'm looking for the next best thing, and the next best thing is always the closer fight to the No. 1 fight, and that's what I've been working toward this whole time."

"UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz" takes place March 18 at Montreal's Bell Centre. The evening's main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Faceboo
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not surprising considering the only guy he can beat in the top ten at 170 is Kampmann.

He'll probably switch divisions after Georges beats him down.


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Diaz is the man.

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I do love his mentality. Some guys have that legitimate 'fight anyone' spirit. I honestly believe Nick would fight JDS if the UFC asked him to.
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I do love his mentality. Some guys have that legitimate 'fight anyone' spirit. I honestly believe Nick would fight JDS if the UFC asked him to.
Yeah. Specially when interviewed so high as he probably was. Pound for pound? Honored? What the heck this guy is talking about? Guy got invited by the WW champ coming from a loss and want to chalenge other Champs?
I can chalenge everyone from over here also.
Get a grip, Nick.]
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Yeah. Specially when interviewed so high as he probably was. Pound for pound? Honored? What the heck this guy is talking about? Guy got invited by the WW champ coming from a loss and want to chalenge other Champs?
I can chalenge everyone from over here also.
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but you aren't a fighter or have any accolades of nay kind for people to care so no it's not the same
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HA! I'd pay real money just to see Anderson Silva destroy Nick Diaz in a brutal fashion.
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HA! I'd pay real money just to see Anderson Silva destroy Nick Diaz in a brutal fashion.
And Nick would welcome guys like you watch.

Cuz that mean $$$$. CHA CHING!
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nick diaz is an american hero, no, he is THE american hero
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1 of the many differences between GSP and DIaz is Diaz isn't afraid to lose. He is fine with taking an ass beating if you actually fight him.

Anderson could easily play the game like GSP. He could easily stay at range and pick guys apart (Aside from Sonnen who charges you) but every other fighter he could pick a part all fight from range. Using jabs and a variety of kicks. He could win 50-45 or 50-44 against guys like Okami, Franklin, Marquart and so on. But he doesn't. He wants to put on a show, and wants the finish. He could easily play the keep away game somewhat similar to Machida but with more jabs and leg kicks. He could make sure no one hits his chin. But he doesn't. Because he is a fighter.

Guys can fight however they want. GSP is popular as hell and is the champ. He makes good money. But that is some of what DIaz is saying....in the true essence of it, he isn't a fighter at heart. He doesn't care about the fans because he knows his legion of fans will follow him no matter what....because he is a brand.

Guys like Diaz, Anderson, Hendo, Shogun, Fedor, Nogs, Wandy, aren't afraid to lose a fight. That is what made/makes them awesome.
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