Dana White Has Offered Nick Diaz A Fight With Lyoto Machida

With so much talk about Machida’s last result against Davis, many of us have overlooked the fact that his next fight is likely to be in a different weight class. The #2 Light-Heavyweight is now being linked to a scrap with Nick Diaz, according to Dana White:

“I talked to Diaz today, and I made him an offer, so we’ll see what happens,” White reportedly said during a question-and-answer session in Boston for The Shawn Thornton Foundation
“He had been talking about going to 185 pounds. Machida has been talking about going to 185 pounds. So we wanted to see if he wanted to fight Machida at 185.”

Not only has Machida been linked to a scrap with Vitor Belfort, it seems that a potential fight with Diaz is on the cards. I have to say that I like the idea of that fight. Not only that, Machida’s style might even be more effective a 185lbs.

Diaz has been inactive since his UFC 158 loss to Georges St-Pierre, and I can’t say I’d back him in a fight against Machida. The Dragon is far too elusive for Diaz’s plodding style.

If Condit could outmaneuver Diaz, Machida would run rings around him. One thing we might see from Machida at a lighter weight is more output, more offensive strikes. I would like to see that because Machida has some of the best footwork in the game, if only his hands could keep up. The problem there is that Machida has a strong Karate base, which means he is primarily a counter striker. This can often lead to snoozefests, or razor tight decisions.

Out of Diaz vs. Machida or Belfort vs. Machida, I don’t know which I’d like to see more. Maybe give the winner of Machida vs. Diaz to Belfort, or visa versa?


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    August 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Not only has Belfort been linked t a scrap with Vitor Belfort! (machida vs belfort) oups!

    Well what can i say, i'd like to see Diaz and machida vs everybody on top, in whatever weightclass they want!

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    August 15, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Dana is laughing his *** off somewhere.

    The is Diaz's worst fight… you think he got mad after Condit? Wait and see what happens if this happens. The post fight will be epic.

    Worst fight in so many levels for him…. SO MANY LEVELS.

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    Mike Drahota

    August 15, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I seriously doubt Diaz takes this fight. He's been complaining about every single opponent that won't stand and bang with him like Paul Daley did, so Machida is obviously the definition of what he hates.

    Plus, he's a Welterweight moving up to MW to fight the former LHW champ who's cutting down? Don't see it happening. If it does, Diaz might get worked. It's not a good matchup for him. He needs a mid-tier Welterweight to get a win.

    He last beat BJ Penn in 2011. That's a pretty long drought.

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    August 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    that would be a very bad match up for diaz!

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    August 15, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    i dont think that their styles will match to make an exciting fight. ive always said that i will love to watch nick diaz fight michael bisping. i think they will give a great show and could pottentialy be fight of the year

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    August 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    O.m.g… Bet the ranch on machida… Pawn your assets.. and bet it all. Yes.. I hope this fight happens because, I know for sure, 99.999 percent that machida is going to win.

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    August 15, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Robbie Lawlor/Diaz II…..am I the only one wanting to see that fight?

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      August 15, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      ROBBIE LAWLOR is a great fight or even against RORY MCDONALD.

      Nate Diaz got beaten by Rory. It makes for the perfect grudge match for Nick to get revenge……Why the hell Machida's name is being thrown around is just a joke.

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      Brian Cox

      August 15, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      No, that's a scrap that makes a lot of sense. If they fought again, though it could well go the other way 2nd time round. Robbie's game is pretty freaking good right now and he's in amazing shape. He's going to make noise in 170. I look forward to his next fight and one against Diaz would be a interesting re-match and one with some back-story that could be told.

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    August 15, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    If people around Diaz say it's a bad match up for him, I think he might just take the fight, and try to prove them wrong, not really a Diaz fan, both Nick a Nate, but what I like about them is that there's no bullsht about them, they just wanna fight, maybe it just might happen.

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