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If you didn’t know before, you certainly know now. The mantra with the talented Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu squad has been and forever will be, “Bros before belts.”
With Strikeforce reportedly set to close its doors following their January 12th show, reigning Strikeforce lightweight king Gilbert Melendez (Pictured) finds himself in a sticky predicament. His homie Nate Diaz challenges UFC 155-pound champ Benson Henderson for his belt this Saturday, and what happens in Seattle will directly influence the direction “El Nino” goes.
“Gil’s talking about going to [the 145-pound division] and fighting for a title there,” Diaz revealed during Wednesday’s media workouts. “If [expletive] don’t go too well for [my] fight, the next champion [in this division] is going to be Gilbert Melendez for sure.
“There’s no doubt in my mind. It’s like that, that’s where we stand.”
Boasting a dominant 21-2 professional record, Melendez has long been considered the baddest lightweight not competing in the UFC. Clearly, that is his natural and preferred weight class.
That being said, is it possible, in a top secret place deep down inside, Melendez wouldn’t mind seeing Diaz come up short so he can prove his mettle in the big leagues at the weight he’s accomplished so much in?
At 30 years of age, Melendez has theoretically entered the prime of his career. In addition, traditionally the lighter weight class you compete in, the lighter the paycheck. So the question has to come to mind, if not flat out asked.
Melendez, along with the the rest of the MMA world, will be tuned into FOX this Saturday. Although, Melendez has a much greater interest in the result than the rest of us.
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Full results from Seattle, Washington for UFC on FOX 5. Diaz was slightly over but will have no problem losing the .6 pounds. Main Card: Lightweight champion Ben Henderson (154.6) vs. Challenger Nate Diaz (155.6) *Diaz has to lose .6 pounds to be qualified to fight for the title.* Alexander Gustafsson (205.4) vs. Mauricio Rua [...]
The UFC on FOX 5 pre- fight press conference took place earlier today inside of the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. As far as pre-fight press conferences go, I'd have to say this was one of the most entertaining, meaningful, and star studded UFC pressers I've witnessed in my handful of years covering the sport.
I've attached the full presser below along with a bonus...
I’ve been waiting for this UFC on For 5 card for far to long…Lets get it on.
Georges Requests Nick Diaz
Nate Diaz Does A Little Shopping
UFC on Fox 5 is the best card ever on free tv, tonight can’t come soon enough…I’m going with Rory MacDonald, Shogun Rua and Nate Diaz by punches to the face.-TO
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After 16 Octagon scraps, Nate Diaz (Pictured) will finally be entering a championship fight. Unfortunately for Mr. 209, he’ll be stepping into the cage as a slight underdog against lightweight champ Benson Henderson.
As you can see from the picture above, Diaz is not too pleased. Actually, he couldn’t care less as long as he leaves Seattle with the hardware.
Diaz is pegged as...
The lightweight title is on the line at UFC on FOX 5 when champion Ben Henderson takes on challenger Nate Diaz.
The stacked main card also features the return of MMA legend BJ Penn who takes on welterweight prospect Rory MacDonald. In addition, the next number one light heavyweight contender will be determined when Alexander Gustafsson meets Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
The Key Arena...
The official weigh-ins for “UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz” take place today inside Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. Stream Friday’s weight contest live right here on 5thRound.com starting at 7PM ET/4PM PT.
Nate Diaz (Pictured) challenges lightweight champ Benson Henderson for his crown in Friday’s featured attraction. A light heavyweight top contender bout between Mauricio...
During Thursday’s pre-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White (Pictured) jokingly hoped none of the athletes in attendance fell on stage and hurt themselves before Saturday’s scraps. Given the rash of injuries that have ravaged several Octagon shows in 2012, the tongue-in-cheek comment carried a sense of seriousness to it.
While none of “UFC on FOX: Henderson...
By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE -- Since he came to the UFC, Benson Henderson knows nothing other than victory.
He's won all five of his fights since stepping into the octagon under the UFC banner, including winning the lightweight championship over Frankie Edgar in UFC 144 and then defending the title last August with a split decision victory in the rematch.
All the fighters slated to participate in tomorrow night’s “UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz” event will be tipping the scale today inside Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. The first athlete is scheduled to weigh-in at approximately 7PM ET/4PM PT.
Please click HERE if you would like to stream today’s weight competition.
Benson Henderson (Pictured) puts his lightweight belt...
The UFC on FOX 5 wweigh-ins are in the book’s for tonight’s event. Title challenger Nate Diaz initially weighed in at 155.6 lbs. and later looked surprised he did not get the one pound allowance in a title fight. In a title fight, you are not allowed to come in one pound over the weight limit. Diaz weighed in a second time at 155.2 lbs., but on his third try he was able to finally...
Here is UFC president Dana White on the cover of Fighters Only magazine. Dana had a rough year with all the injuries, hopefully 2013 will be better on that end.
Nate Diaz Does A Little Shopping
Dana White UFC on FOX Henderson vs. Diaz Vlog