Heart of a Lion

Last night Nick Diaz proved he has a heart of true Champion. It was a great performance not only from the technical aspect of Mixed Martial Arts, but also from a mental one.

Nick Diaz was close to getting KO’d twice last night, but to disappointment of Paul Daley‘s fans, “Semtex” was unable to finish the fight and walk away as the new Strikeforce Welterweight Champion. Some people would argue that the referee John McCarthy should have stopped the fight when Nick Diaz fell with his face down on the canvas for the second time. And in fact, I don’t think anyone would complain if he did. Diaz was out for a few good seconds.

But that’s what was really spectacular about Nick Diaz last night. The way he recovered and eventually managed to give Paul Daley a taste of his own medicine, proved once again that Diaz is a natural born Champion. Great Champions end up victorious even when not performing at their best.

Just like Brock Lesnar. Fans may argue about Lesnar not being a well rounded enough to be even called a Mixed Martial Artist. But at UFC 116, Lesnar proved he’s a Champion by nature, and that it takes someone with a yet unknown “kryptonite” to defeat him. Eventually, Cain Velasquez revealed that “kryptonite” at UFC 121, ending Brock Lesnar‘s reign as a Champion.

Now back to Nick Diaz, and what may be his “kryptonite”.

Paul Daley was Nick Diaz‘s toughest test to date. It’s the first legit Top 10 Welterweight to challenge Diaz, after fights against the unranked Evangelista Cyborg, Marius Zaromskis and KJ Noons. Nick Diaz is 27 years old, moving closer to his peak as a Mixed Martial Artist. Now it’s a perfect time for Diaz to start building his legacy as a fighter.

While challenging the winner of St. Pierre vs. Shields fight may be a little bit too early for Nick Diaz, I firmly believe that potential bouts against fighters like Jon Fitch, Thiago Alves or even BJ Penn have a great competitive potential. No disrespect to Tyron Woodley, but this fight makes no sense for Nick Diaz in terms of both rankings and competition.

Time to bring Nick Diaz back to the UFC. Make it happen, Mr. White.


22 Comments

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    griffin

    April 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    i am so ****ing impressed with Nick Diaz. The kid goes in there starts to exchange and stick his chin out with one of the best strikers in SF and beats him at his own game. He got dropped like a sack of potatos and immediatly recovered. I couldnt believe the power in his hands neither, Daley was all over the place after getting hit with shots that looked like nothing….No1 in SF can stop Diaz

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    MMAeveryDay

    April 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    How the hell did Lesnar get brought up in comparison to Diaz. Lesnar has no heart and that’s why he ran when Cain put his hands on him (in a title fight of all fights)! If Diaz has the heart of a lion then Lesnar has the heart of a mouse. And don’t get me started on skill!

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    japanegro23

    April 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    This is the respect Nick deserves! He deserves respect for what he does in the cage!

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    godsofwararise

    April 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Agreed, Diaz is putting on great fights for us fans, but I’m starting to really worry about the cost to his body. He’s been rocked really badly in a lot of his fights (thinking back to fights like his wars with Lawler or Gomi for instance) and has accumulated a massive amount of damage over his career. I hope this doesn’t come back to haunt him either with brain damage or losing his chin a la Lidell or Big Nog.

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    pound4pound

    April 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Look I hate Lesnar but he did prove his worth against Carwin, he came back from an ass whoping and choked Carwin…

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    MMAeveryDay

    April 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Agreed

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    taz

    April 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I’m sorry but that is one of the dumbest things i have read, to say Lesnar doesn’t have heart is just plain wrong, he was getting dominated by Carwin and he came back and subbed him, and he has a great chin, for some reason people think cause he has been rocked by Carwin and Cain he has a bad chin but he thats not the case, he was rocked by two of the harddest hitting guys in mma Carwin KO’d Mir which was the first time he had ever been knocked unconscious and Cain KO’d Nogueira which was the first time he had ever been knocked unconscious but neither of them could KO Brock.

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    stevenl7

    April 10, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    dan henderson will move down after his fight with fedor at heavywight

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    michaelchimique

    April 10, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    dude how the **** can you say lesnar has no heart he showed he had heart in the carwin fight..cain is a beast but you are totally discrediting lesnar which is bullshit..why don’t you get in there against him and see how much heart he has..easy you wont because you are just a keyboard tough guy talking shit about the people who actually get in there and fight

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    campbell

    April 10, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Not relevant

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    808scrappah

    April 10, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    i think he thought this was a dan henderson thread.

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    D

    April 11, 2011 at 12:31 am

    That recovery was ridiculously fast. The way he fell, it had to be a flash knockout. And after the fight he said, “they’re gonna suspend me for that shit… whatever happened in there…” obviously that means the knockdown, but he didn’t seem to remember it.

    I guess that’s the benefit of being a triathlete and in phenomenal shape. There are few fighters, if any, who could have recovered from that punch and survived the round, let alone come back and gotten the stoppage themselves.

    And those body shots were nasty. Like you said, very impressive.

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    Ryan Ventura

    April 11, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Make it happen Uncle Dana!

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    mma420

    April 11, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Nick Diaz is the shit enough said give him GSP

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    garry_blackbelt

    April 11, 2011 at 1:08 am

    diaz is going too hold that belt for a long time ! :)

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    taz

    April 11, 2011 at 1:17 am

    so what about all the punches he landed that when against other opponents he KO’d them.

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    7damia31

    April 11, 2011 at 2:13 am

    i would love to see penn vs. diaz. they are really similar in their skill set both great boxing and great jiu jitsu, would be a match for the ages.

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    drunkslug

    April 11, 2011 at 7:21 am

    What did Mayhem Miller have to say about Diaz remaining champ?

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    MMAeveryDay

    April 11, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Sorry to upset all of you WWE fans but the truth hurts sometimes( just like getting punched in the face but you can’t just run away from it).

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    GeorgeRuetiger

    April 11, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Diaz wasn’t “out for a full few seconds”, not stopping the fight when he was smashed just illustrates the awesomeness of Big John – there was never a second he wasn’t defending, still blocking punches and going for the pick right away. Not his fault if Semtex was too afraid to punch into the guard, or punch Diaz at all when he was on the floor.

    Still one of the best “comebacks” (for lack of a better word) that I’ve ever seen, I was a massive Diaz/Skrap Pak supporter before, now it’s on a whole other level. Hail Caesar!

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    Rochefort

    April 11, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    diaz is from the hood and doesn’t afraid of anything

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    3RD EYE

    April 12, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Daiz should def get a UFC Title shot, he derserves it. He deserves that top pay. He’s Very Great Fighter…

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