Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/31/11
Nate Diaz has had a fairly unique career in the UFC since winning "The Ultimate Fighter." With a terrific run through the lightweight division that included a handful of wins over top fighters, and two contested split-decision losses to title-contender Gray Maynard and top fighter Clay Guida, he moved up to welterweight and had mixed results. Moving back down after a humiliating effort against Rory MacDonald, Diaz has found a home back in the lightweight division. And, in retrospect, he never should've left it in the first place. With an absolute dismantling of Takanori Gomi, a win that would've meant a lot more back when Gomi was the best lightweight in the world, Diaz's dismantling of Donald Cerrone on Friday night at UFC 141 in Las Vegas instantly vaults him into title contention. It's got to happen after a dominant decision victory over Cerrone. When we look back at Diaz's record, he's been remarkably competitive among what is now the top tier of the division in recent his...
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