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The enigma that is Nate Diaz

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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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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”

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Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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