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Hayato Sakurai Likely to Get First Crack at Nick Diaz' Strikeforce Welterweight Title, Jay Hieron Out of Luck Again

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Most people thought Jay Hieron earned a shot at the welterweight title by defeating Joe Riggs, but Coker said it's more likely that Sakurai will be the challenger in Diaz's first title defense. Sakurai fights for Dream, and Coker said Strikeforce's co-promotional arrangement with Dream ensures that "I could get it done." Hieron's win over Riggs was the last fight on his Strikeforce contract, and it's not clear whether Hieron will return to the promotion.

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Post #1   1/31/10 1:12:35PM   

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NICE, this was supposed to happen quite a while ago.

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Post #2   1/31/10 1:13:38PM   

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A guy coming off two losses gets a crack at a belt, this makes zero sense.

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Posted by EvenFlow

A guy coming off two losses gets a crack at a belt, this makes zero sense.



I'd give it a 10% chance of happening; just negotiating tactics to show Hieron they have other options. Regardless I'd be happy to see either fight.

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sometimes i feel that Hieron just isn't gettin the respect that he deserves..yes he hasn't beat any top tier fighter..but he has been impressive over the last few years..he either finishes the fight or win a impressive UD..and when i hear people talk bout him..they talk low of this guy..i hear people givin Riggs higher respect than Hieron..wtf..i wouldn't mind seein Hieron win the belt just to shut people up..but with Nick,probably not gonna happen...

Post #5   1/31/10 1:39:55PM   

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Diaz will knock him out or choke him out. Diaz needs to get back to the UFC.

Post #6   1/31/10 2:18:49PM   

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Sakurai lost to Zaromskis and Diaz beat Zaromskis last night, so I feel like the Hieron fight makes more sense, although I wouldn't mind seeing Sakurai, I just think Hieron deserves it more.

Post #7   1/31/10 4:46:24PM   

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sucks for hieron.

but i think hayato can win this one to tell you the truth.BUT its going to be really hard to get passed nicks awesome boxing.

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Yes, finally the stage is set for Mach's big comeback!

Really it doesn't make a ton of sense, the Korean BBQ Monster doesn't seem to have the same taste for fighting as he used to. He's coming off two losses, a stoppage and a sub. This fight was supposed to happen a while ago but it seems a bit late now.

One good point I suppose is that it's happening stateside so Mach will definitely be training with Matt Hume. Mach's a tough veteran and I think he can win any fight he gets in, but a lot depends on his conditioning and mental state. Lately he just doesn't seem into it, but I'll never count the guy out.

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Has Jay improved any since his beat down given to him by GSP. I know fighters improve, but I think Diaz was more talented at that moment in time.

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Ooh. I would like that fight but I do want to see Hieron get a title shot.

Post #11   2/1/10 12:30:57AM