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GSP trainer Firas Zahabi: Nick Diaz is No. 1 welterweight contender

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Hendricks has a chance of "Serra-ing" GSP and everyone knows it. Diaz is an easier fight as he will just walk forward with very little head/angle movement and throw punches hoping to ko GSP. Plus Diaz will accept being on his back underneath a wrestler and then complains about it if he doesn't get the sub.
It's predictable to me to see the playground be at like 75% or higher with picks of a GSP UD....now with him fighting Hendricks it gets exciting. Screw Diaz like he did us.....make him earn his way back the hard way.....feed him to Jon Fitch.

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Diaz needs to win a fight before he can get a title shot. Whether we think he SHOULD have lost to Condit is irrelevant. He lost.

Shouldn't give a guy a title shot coming off a loss, although they've done it before.

I think the real message here is: "Nick Diaz is an easier fight for GSP and it comes with bigger rewards, so we'd rather take that one."

Don't get me wrong, Diaz would give GSP a good fight. But stylistically Hendricks is a nightmare for GSP while Diaz will play into his game. Diaz is a great striker but he doesn't have the kind of one hit KO power that hendricks does. Diaz is a great grappler, but he has no chance of wrestling with GSP.

Hendricks is so dangerous on the feet that GSP can never be comfortable and he's a good enough wrestler that GSP will have to worry that he might miss some takedowns.


bolded is basically the argument for who Anderson should fight in a superfight, changing Diaz to GSP, and GSP to Silva

good enough wrestlers means nothing to GSP. Fitch and Koscheck are 2 of the best in the division and they still ended up on their back many times. Hendricks' only chance is to win Serra style. If you are going to strike with Diaz you are going to need to get inside his reach. Put Diaz on his back and you have to be careful not to make a mistake...what threat is Hendricks? Wasn't Condit supposed to be dangerous off his back? Penn and Serra have black belts and they couldn't do anything.

Diaz is a far more dangerous fighter stylistically than Hendricks. All that said, I agree with your 2 lines.

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Look he has wins over Kampman, Koscheck, and Fitch--Nick has a win over BJ Penn, A great trainer, but he is making some asinine comments.

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I think Hendricks deserves a shot more then Diaz.Have Hendricks vs Diaz for #1 contender



I like this idea but the UFC will want GSP and Diaz then Hendricks and GSP....

After GSP got 700000 ppvs its all dollar signs for the UFC with his name...Doesnt matter who is deserving the next shot...As long as GSP is on top....

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Posted by Bubbles

Diaz is a far more dangerous fighter stylistically than Hendricks. All that said, I agree with your 2 lines.



Not for GSP.

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Posted by Bubbles

Diaz is a far more dangerous fighter stylistically than Hendricks. All that said, I agree with your 2 lines.



Not for GSP.


Diaz: solid boxing, granite chin, great BJJ, cardio for days, always pushes the action
Hendricks: 1 punch KO power with his left hand, solid wrestling base, fades after two rounds, unknown chin and BJJ.

We have seen GSP outwrestle very strong wrestlers in Fitch, Koscheck and Hughes. Diaz's guard game is far more active than Penn's; generally speaking wrestlers are bad off their back. GSP has one of the best gas tanks in the sport which Diaz can match. Unless Hendricks lands a Serra-esque punch, imo he has a very minimal chance to win. Diaz is dangerous standing and on the ground.

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Posted by Bubbles
generally speaking wrestlers are bad off their back\



Psh.

You clearly didn't hear Hendricks when he said his jiu jitsu is more dangerous than his striking.

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Posted by Bubbles
generally speaking wrestlers are bad off their back\



Psh.

You clearly didn't hear Hendricks when he said his jiu jitsu is more dangerous than his striking.



how could I forget

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