Found December 09, 2012 on
After 17 UFC fights, Nate Diaz (Pictured) finally got to taste a championship fight. Although Diaz came up short in Saturday’s title bout against reigning lightweight champ Benson Henderson, he believes his Gracie Jiu Jitsu homie and current Strikeforce 155-pound king Gilbert Melendez would take it to “Smooth” and likely take his belt in the process.
“[Gilbert's] got the most perfect record, beat all the best guys, and I think that he’s the next guy in line,” Diaz stated at the post-fight press conference. “It’s not my call, but if not, he’s coming for him. Watch out.”
Of course, there’s the minor formality of Melendez’s current employer closing its doors after their January 12th show. However, Strikeforce’s finale is all but a done deal – at least if you were to believe the trusty rumor mill.
Perhaps the biggest concern currently surrounding “El Nino” is the condition of the injured shoulder that has forced him out of two consecutive title defenses.
Boasting a dominant 21-2 professional record, Melendez has long been considered the baddest lightweight not competing in the UFC. The 30-year-old hasn’t been seen since beating Josh Thomson in May.
As far as who Henderson believes should get next dibs at his crown, he couldn’t care less. Like a true toothpick-chewing champion, he lives by the, “Anywhere, any place, anytime” mentality.
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Proudest Mom Ever? Benson Henderson put a shellacking on Nate Diaz in Seattle, Washington last night. It was the type of dominant championship performances that left fans wondering, who's next? One could argue that Benson's victories (especially the one at UFC 150) over Frankie Edgar weren't decisive enough to establish him as the undisputed #1 lightweight in the...
SEATTLE -- On the biggest stage the sport has ever had, at the final show of the UFCs inaugural year on FOX, after a dominating five-round victory to keep his lightweight belt, Benson Henderson grabbed the microphone in the middle of the Octagon and said this: Seattle! Key Arena! I can do all things through Christ!
It was just as powerful of a statement as Hendersons relentless...
Benson Henderson vs Nate Diaz
The two are yet again fighting in the clinch up against the cage. The stalemate is ended by a huge slam from Henderson. Henderson threatens with a choke when Diaz gives up his back, but settles for laying in some heavy elbows and punches when the challenger rolls back onto his back. Diaz gets back to his feet but Henderson is still right...
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...
Main Card Weight Class Method Round Time Notes Lightweight Benson Henderson (c) vs. Nate Diaz Note 1 Light Heavyweight Mauricio Rua vs. Alexander Gustafsson Welterweight B.J. Penn vs. Rory MacDonald Welterweight Mike Swick vs. Matt Brown Preliminary Card (FX) Lightweight Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stephens Bantamweight Raphael Assunção vs. Mike Easton Lightweight...
The UFC On FOX 5 fights themselves did come through, as most contests were exciting, entertaining and featured a number of finishes. Although not everything went according to plan.