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The enigma that is Nate Diaz



I like Nate Diaz. He’s fun to watch. He’s entertaining and he has the ability to keep his name in the news regularly. But Nate Diaz has become one of those types of people who are very hard to figure out.

The big news that he was to fight Matt Brown at welterweight had many people looking up and praising the MMA gods. We were excited and Matt Brown seemed excited. That was until Nate put the kibosh on it by stating that he was fighting Pettis instead. So now, the Brown/Diaz fight is off and Pettis is instead fighting Myles Jury.

Diaz and Pettis would have definitely been a fun fight to watch. Both of them got owned by Rafael Dos Anjos but Nate to his credit was able to get some slaps in. Many claim that he was injured when he fought Dos Anjos, so in some circles that gives Dos Anjos a tainted victory over Diaz. But he won the title a few months later so I’m sure that negates that train of thought.

Taking a fight with Matt Brown above his weight class would have most definitely earned him a pardon by all over many of his past misdeeds. Let’s take some time to run them down. He put himself in a self-imposed hiatus until his contract was renegotiated (which it wasn’t). That hiatus lasted almost a year. He allegedly turned down a fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov. When he decided to finally fight, he missed weight by 6 lbs and no-showed open workouts. Then he puts on a lacklustre performance. And now he turns down a fight that could have been one for the ages to supposedly fight the former champ who is now fighting someone else.

His hiatus was really hard to understand and it ended up being pointless as well. All Nate Diaz managed to do with his time off was not make money. Which is the opposite of what he wanted to do. The thought process was hard to fathom though, he wanted his contract renegotiated after his TKO of Gray Maynard and supposedly a title shot along with it. All this was after his training partner Gilbert Melendez signed a new contract with the UFC which guaranteed him a title shot and a hefty upgrade in salary and a nice little signing bonus. The difference between Nate and Gil in this situation is that Melendez’s contract was up and he had just put on the fistfight of the year with Diego Sanchez. Nate’s contract was still unfulfilled and he had nothing spectacular to show to argue for a pay rise.

And despite all this Nate Diaz still has his supporters. There are many who will say nothing of Nate Diaz’s constant slights and metaphorical (and sometimes literal) middle fingers towards his superiors. But this begs the question. Does Nate Diaz do all these things just to screw with his boss or does he actually not care. These are the things that keep him from making the money that he says he wants to make. If history has shown, being friends with the boss is what gets you rich. Case in point: Our favorite Irishman.

Nate Diaz is a puzzle that has a piece missing, and it’s aggravating. Diaz no longer has a date with Pettis so doesn’t the Matt Brown fight make sense. If he had said that he’d rather not go up a weight class instead of ‘I’m fighting Pettis’ it would’ve been easier to understand. Now that his supposed opponent has a different dance partner, what is next for Nate Diaz. Only Nate Diaz knows. Or maybe he doesn’t. Maybe he just goes with the flow.

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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results



The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.

An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.

The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.

UFC Winnipeg Official Results:


  • #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
  • #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
    • Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
  • #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45  round 1


  • #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
  • Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
  • Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
  • John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2


  • Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando



The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.

It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.

Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.

In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.

Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.

In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.

UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem



Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.

First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)

Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.

Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.

Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.

In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.

UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira

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