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Old 04-23-2013, 01:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Nate Diaz Calls for Intermediate Weight Classes

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In No-Man’s-Land After Latest Loss, Nate Diaz Calls for Intermediate Weight Classes






(“…and I’m just saying, in this new 163-pound division, maybe motherf*ckers shouldn’t be allowed to kick you in your damn neck so much.”

Even before he lost his second consecutive lightweight fight to Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 7, Nate Diaz was eyeing a return to welterweight — a division he’d already bounced out of in 2011, following back-to-back losses to Dong Hyun Kim and Rory MacDonald. So what’s a guy supposed to do if he’s not powerful enough to deal with the beasts at 170, and cutting to 155 is no longer worth the misery? Call it sour grapes if you will, but Nate floated the following suggestion on twitter yesterday:

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@ufc more weight classes ASAP?? 163,178,193 More super fights more champion vs champion, closer to weight better fights more potential …
Obviously, that 163-pound division would be tailor-made for the younger Diaz brother, so it makes sense that he’d support it. But self-interest aside, there’s some logic to the idea. While UFC president Dana White has been looking to smaller and smaller fighters as the future of the promotion — 115-pound dudes? seriously? — the UFC already has a deep roster of talented, popular contenders who have suffered from being “in between” weight classes, either ruining their bodies through massive weight cuts to stay competitive, or giving up tremendous size disadvantages to compete at a more “natural” division.

The UFC turns 20 years old this year, and despite all the evolution that the sport has seen along the way, we’re still at the point where there are 15- and 20-pound gaps between the lightweight and light-heavyweight classes. There’s something primitive about that, and Diaz’s tweet highlights it. Instead of creating more divisions that are ten pounds lower than the last one, intermediate weight-classes might be the best next step as the sport progresses. It would create more champions — always a good thing in terms of promotional value — and many of those champions would already be established stars with some name recognition.

Maybe Lyoto Machida is a future champ at 193? Maybe Hector Lombard could make something of himself at 178? And maybe Nate Diaz could make a run at the 163-pound title? Isn’t that a better idea than letting good fighters fade into irrelevance, and trying to sell your audience on brand-new strawweight talent that they never asked for?

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Old 04-23-2013, 01:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe Lyoto Machida is a future champ at 193? Maybe Hector Lombard could make something of himself at 178? And maybe Nate Diaz could make a run at the 163-pound title? Isn’t that a better idea than letting good fighters fade into irrelevance, and trying to sell your audience on brand-new straw weight talent that they never asked for?
I completely disagree with this idea.

I feel bad for Nate, I really do. But the last thing MMA needs is to take their weight class system in the direction of boxing. What would these new weight classes be called? And wouldn't this thin some of the UFC weight classes out even more, (especially since 100 more fighters are scheduled to get cut)?

Also, there would probably be even more politics envolved keeping the very best fighters from fighting each other. MAYBE in 10 or 15 years, I could see this being done, but for right now, the weight classes are good the way they are. The UFC talent pool is entirely too thin at this point and time for there to be weight classes in between 155/170/185/205.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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shut up Nate...

Get better, get bigger and move to 170 or move down to 145. Mostly, just get better.

The world isn't fair, and everyone can't have their own weight class just so they can have a belt. If you aren't good enough to get one, then that's the harsh reality you need to face. The only weight class that MAYBE could use splitting up is the HW division, there is some logical sense to that.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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(“…and I’m just saying, in this new 163-pound division, maybe motherf*ckers shouldn’t be allowed to kick you in your damn neck so much.”
Or ya could y'know PUT YOUR DAMN HANDS UP AND STOP TAKING KICKS TO THE HEAD.
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With the popularity of MMA and Olympic wrestling probably dying for the time being I think it's inevitable. Not now though.
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No more weight classes. One of the great things about the UFC is the simplicity of the weight classes. It's easy to remember what weights they are, and who the champ is in each one. For Nate, it really doesn't matter, he's going to get put on his ass by any decent wrestler at 155, 163, or 170.
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Talent would be so spread out that you would have champs fighting paper contenders.

Besides Nate Bendo is a big 155 do you really want him to kick your ass against 163


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Im not in favour of those new weight divisions,
but i prefer tgem 1000 times over new lower divisions.
125 is small enough for my taste...
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The UFC dont need these classes right now, just like how they dont need this incoming straw weight(115) class, they are already struggling to establish every class under LW.
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Diaz, just shut up already.
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