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Gray by decision 10 66.67%
Nate by decision 0 0%
Gray by TKO 0 0%
Nate by Submission 5 33.33%
Gray by another way 0 0%
Nate by another way 0 0%
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Maynard Vs. Diaz May Head Ufc Fight Night 20

Undefeated lightweight contender Gray Maynard and Ultimate Fighter season five winner Nate Diaz have agreed to square off in the expected main event of the unannounced Jan. 11 UFC Fight Night 20 in Northern Virginia.

Sources close to the bout confirmed the signing to MMAWeekly.com Tuesday afternoon.

Looking to exact a measure of revenge, Maynard (8-0) has been on a tear through the UFC’s lightweight ranks since emerging from season five of TUF. He didn’t make it to the finals, however, submitting to a Diaz guillotine choke in the semifinal round. Following a no contest with Rob Emerson on that season’s finale, he has reeled off six straight wins. His victims include fellow contenders Roger Huerta, Jim Miller, and Frankie Edgar.

After defeating Manny Gamburyan in the season five finale, Diaz (11-4) racked up four straight victories before dropping back-to-back bouts to Clay Guida and Joe Stevenson. He got back on track in August when he submitted Melvin Guillard in the main event of UFC Fight Night 19 in Oklahoma.



All I have to say is wow I will be watching this for sure. I have Gray winning a UD. I don't think Nate will be able to Sub him and that is the only way I see Nate winning.
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thats a big slap in the face to Maynard. He has won six in a row against very good competition and now he has to fight someone that is currently irrelovent in the title picture. He has nothing to gain from winning this fight, he should already be next up for a title shot.
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This is Maynard's fight to lose.


Going with my boy Nate Diaz by Submission in the later rounds.

He subbed him back in the spring of 2007 (On the show)... I think he can do it again but just like last time, it won't be easy. Both have improved since then.
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Thats a big slap in the face to Maynard. He has won six in a row against very good competition and now he has to fight someone that is currently irrelovent in the title picture. He has nothing to gain from winning this fight, he should already be next up for a title shot.
I wouldnt say its a slap in the face to him, I bet he really wants this fight to try and avenge really his only mma loss even if it didnt count on his record it still happpened.
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Horrible match-up for Diaz.

Gray by lop sided UD.
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This is a stupid matchup. Seems to me like the UFC wants build Maynard into a star and giving him a chance to avenge his only (exhibition, admittedly) loss is the way to do that, just like they did with liddell against Horn and Couture.

If Nate wins he beat the same guy twice which is not as great as if he beat someone ELSE with a similar record, if he loses he gains nothing and Maynard avenges his only loss. If I were Nate I wouldn't have taken this fight- but I think nate just has that much budo.
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Gray has the ability to do exactly what Guida and Stevenson did to Diaz, and maybe worse.
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This is a stupid matchup. Seems to me like the UFC wants build Maynard into a star and giving him a chance to avenge his only (exhibition, admittedly) loss is the way to do that, just like they did with liddell against Horn and Couture.

If Nate wins he beat the same guy twice which is not as great as if he beat someone ELSE with a similar record, if he loses he gains nothing and Maynard avenges his only loss. If I were Nate I wouldn't have taken this fight- but I think nate just has that much budo.

Nate has a lot to gain from this win. Wins on the ultimate dont mean anything. Maynard is at the front of the line for the next shot after Diego, a win for Nate wouldnt make him the number one contender, but it would def put him back in the race. Gray is the one that doesnt actually have anything to gain from this.
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Wins on TUF mean something to me and anyone else who is really interested in quantifying a fighters' skill. I gauge their skill by watching their fights and to me TUF is more or less as useful an element as a non-exhibition bout.

But admittedly, he would be better off having a pro fight W on his record in terms of his career. I just think its a very risky move on his part and there are better opportunities out there in terms of opponents.
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Wins on TUF mean something to me and anyone else who is really interested in quantifying a fighters' skill. I gauge their skill by watching their fights and to me TUF is more or less as useful an element as a non-exhibition bout.

But admittedly, he would be better off having a pro fight W on his record in terms of his career. I just think its a very risky move on his part and there are better opportunities out there in terms of opponents.
Just my opinion, but I dont feel like we actually get a real look at how good or bad most fighters are based upon there time on TUF. These guys are put in an extremly stressful situation with a bunch of strangers, training with coaches and training partners they dont know or trust, and they dont get ample time to prepare for any specific opponent. I dont think the best guy always wins, i feel like it is more the fighter who can handle that crazy situation the best. Past winners such as Amir Sadollah and Nate Diaz were far from the best guys to come out of there seasons. This is not always the case, some guys have won the show and had a lot of success. Im just saying that TUF isnt the best representation for a fighters actual skills.
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