The UFC’s first show in Arizona on December 13 now has a co-main event, as Nate Diaz will compete for the first time since November of 2013 against number three-ranked lightweight contender Rafael Dos Anjos.
Tickets for the event at Phoenix’s US Airways Center, which is headlined by the heavyweight bout between Junior Dos Santos and Stipe Miocic, go on sale on October 10.
Winner of seven of his last eight bouts, Brazil’s Dos Anjos is showing the best form of his career at the moment, and while he’s primarily known for his ground game, he’s shown knockout power in his 2014 finishes of Jason High and former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson.
Equally dangerous in all aspects of MMA is Stockton’s Diaz, a fan favorite who has left the Octagon with his hand raised in four of his last six bouts. Coming off a Knockout of the Night win over Gray Maynard last November, Diaz’ return to the Octagon is sure to be one of the biggest stories of the fall.
You may think you have the ability to break down another human’s essence in 140 characters, or in a comment section, but the fact of the matter is that the only thing you truly know is nothing. Nick Diaz the showman, Nick Diaz the fighter, is not Nick Diaz the teacher. The King of the 209 is able to turn heads with the things he does in the cage or on the mic, but the most important and interesting legacy he leaves is with his students on the mat.
LayzieTheSavage was able to take us behind the curtain to deliver a fantastic look at Nick Diaz during his WAR Grappling Seminar earlier this year. Watch as he visits Wanderlei Silva’s gym in Las Vegas along with Syndicate MMA in a video expertly chopped and cut by Daniel Goland.
Following an ugly public back-and-forth with UFC president Dana White about his client Nate Diaz, manager Mike Kogan was a guest on Submission Radio and talked about his client who’s holding out for more money.
“I reached out to the UFC before the Donald Cerrone/(Jim) Miller fight even happened and said ‘hey, how about we fight the winner? Nate beat both of them, they’ve both since fought 4 times and won, you know’, and they said ‘oh you know, let’s see how the guys are after the fight, maybe they’re banged up, maybe there not’. Next thing you know, they announce the fight with Khabib. Then Khabib blows his knee like 15 minutes later and now they’re saying he’s gonna be fighting Eddie Alvarez who’s not even signed with the UFC yet. And we asked for that fight when Michael Johnson got injured. We hit up the UFC and said ‘hey we’ll fight Thompson’. That was like 10 day notice, you know. We said maybe ask them if they’ll do like a little higher weight, like a catch-weight, you know like 160 or something, so it’s short notice. And they said ‘no, we have it figured out. Don’t worry about it’.
When asked if Nate Diaz getting closer to coming back to the UFC and if talks are continuing, Kogan continued.
“No, right now nobody’s talking to anybody. I mean, Dana made it very clear that Nate should be happy with what he has and he doesn’t see any reason to even discuss it, he’s not really as popular as I guess we believe he is, and that was that, we just kind of stopped there. So right now no, nobody’s talking to anybody.”
When asked about his Twitter comments on ratings drawn from Nate’s fights which Dana didn’t receive well
“I think the numbers I put up are the numbers that have been announced. I mean I didn’t say anything different than what’s already been said.”
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Aline and Mari
Nov 22, 2011
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