Posted by hippysmacker
I just think he lacks the wrestling , physical strength, TD defense, and punching power to ever get a title shot in the UFC at 170, or even 185- since he has fought their lately. I think he can beat a lot of guys currently in the UFC, becuase he is so tough and works so hard. However GSP. Sherk, Alves, Kos, and Hughes would all be able to take him down and beat on him IMO. Hughes is probably the only one I could see him upsetting, just becuase Hughes might decide to stand with him till he actually got hurt, but I doubt it. Anderson, Hendo, Marquardt, Akiyama, Maia, Leites, and Sonnen would all be able to beat him as well if you ask me. He is now too big to make 155, so I would say he is doing the smart thing staying in EliteXC.
The thing about Diaz, at least the thing I always forget, is just how young and how incredibly experienced he is... I mean the kid hasn't even turned 26 yet and he's beaten a much bigger Frank Shamrock & a LW dumptruck slugger in Takinori Gomi and carries a 20-7-1 record (5 fight winning streak)...
I guess what I'm saying is that imagine if he took the time to actually beef up to MW, as appose to taking the catchweight 180lb fights that I'm sure he doesn't cut much for??? In MN, where I live, Torii Hunter always commented on how Joe Mauer (both Twins MLB players) will be a scary hitter when he grows up and gets his "man muscles". And Joe is starting to hit more dinggers and he's getting bigger and stronger (also becoming the best position player in MLB)... I think it's a similar situation with Diaz...
I mean when I just take all the bullshit away, and really look at the numbers... The guy's gotta granite chin, akward-yet-awesomely-effective striking style, topdrawer ground game, and a cardio factory... He's got all the intangibles... I mean the guy beat Chris Lyte when he was 19... Knocked out Robbie Lawler when he was 20 and was out of the UFC by the time he was 23 (after winning his final two fights)... And even in his last couple UFC losses (Karo and Diego) those were some of the most entertaining ground battles I have ever seen... And I have to admit, while he hasn't fougt the level of wrestler as he had in the UFC, he has drastically changed his game... His pitter patter punching style smothers and seems to have a massice accumulative effect on opponents if not rocking them, then sapping away all of their energy... I swear it's gotta be goddamned voodoo sometimes, lol
Anyways, after that long drawn out bunch of crap, I'll just respectfully disagree and say that when Diaz enters the thunder zone... Around 28-32 y/o... He will be the guy everyone, in whatever division he'll end up in, will be trying to avoid
EDIT: after rereading the post I might as well have said: "Diaz for president 2018!"... lol
Oh and I think he can take guys like Maia and Leites... He's fought tougher dude's and has the ground knowledge to keep safe, and would own the standup if you ask me... Hendo and Marquardt are a different story (I also think they should fight eachother, Hendo and Nate that is)