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    UFC President Dana White Makes Nick Diaz an Offer: Lyoto Machida at 185 Pounds





    BOSTON – For now, Nick Diaz remains retired. But if he wants to come back, UFC President Dana White has an offer for him: Lyoto Machida in a middleweight contest.

    "I talked to Diaz today, and I made him an offer, so we'll see what happens," White said. "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."

    White revealed his offer during a special Q&A session at Boston's Barrio Cantina, where he appeared as part of a fundraising effort for The Shawn Thornton Foundation at an event billed as the UFC Homecoming.

    Diaz (26-9 MMA, 1-2 UFC), the former Strikeforce welterweight champ, hasn't fought since March, when he lost a unanimous decision to Georges St-Pierre in a failed bid for the UFC welterweight title. It was Diaz's second decision loss in a row after he also fell short against Carlos Condit in a UFC 143 bout for the UFC's interim welterweight title.

    After the loss, a frustrated Diaz said he was done with the sport and has thus far kept his word.

    Meanwhile, former UFC light heavyweight champion Machida (19-4 MMA, 11-4 UFC) fought earlier this month at UFC 163, where he suffered a hotly contested unanimous-decision loss to Phil Davis. Both before and after the bout, Machida teased the potential for a move down to 185 pounds but ultimately said he'd defer to UFC brass to make the decision.

    The offer seems to throw some doubt on a rumored Machida vs. Vitor Belfort fight, which White was also said to be looking to book. Belfort has repeatedly refused to fight at 185 pounds unless he's granted a shot at the title, but that belt is currently tied up until new champ Chris Weidman rematches former titleholder Anderson Silva in December. Instead, Belfort has expressed a desire to fight outside of the division in hopes of retaining his position as a No. 1 contender in the middleweight class.

    "I wanted Machida to fight Vitor Belfort, but Vitor Belfort is his own matchmaker, apparently," White joked. "He wants to make his own fights."

    White said he's not sure whether or not Diaz will accept the offer, and an exact date for the matchup has yet to be determined, though November seems the most likely timeframe. But for now, it remains Diaz's choice. White said he tendered the offer and will now wait for a response.

    "They said they'd gt back to me," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
    I wanted Machida to fight Vitor Belfort, but Vitor Belfort is his own matchmaker, apparently," White joked. "He wants to make his own fights."
    I knew Vitor would shit the bed on the Lyoto offer.

    This potential Diaz vs Machida match up is too good to be true. I can't even entertain the thought of this happening until I hear more.
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    Well that could be an interesting fight, of course Diaz has trouble with elusive guys who use kicks to keep distance. If this fight goes to the ground I'd like to see what happens then. but I think Lyoto probably wins a decision. as for Vitor, I can't blame him for believing he's the #1 contender, because in my book he is. He's destroyed some solid top 5 guys since he lost to Silva. Hell I'd put money on him against Wiedman if they fought.....
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    That would be a somewhat bizarre but super fun fight. I wonder how Lyoto deals with taunts? Because he style will absolutely bring some.

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    Machida would be a very strong fighter at 185. His striking would be more dangerous as I believe he would retain his power and he would most likely add some speed.

    Taking Machida down seems highly unlikely and I think Nick would suffer his most brutal beating to date so yea...sign it up! As for the taunts, I just can't see Nick getting under his skin, but you never know for sure. I don't really see how Diaz has earned a fight with an elite fighter, but I'm tremendously intrigued.
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    Not interested in this fight at all. It won't even be competitive.

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    Doesn't seem to make much sense at first...

    But then you gotta think, the UFC has to reinvent Diaz to get him another title run, Diaz has expressed an interest of fighting at MW in the UFC and not many other fights are going to interest him.

    You would think Lyoto would have a noticeable size advantage and his kicks would give Diaz fits. Could this be the first time we have seen Diaz truly finished via tko/ko since Jeremy Jackson in 2002?

    If Diaz was to beat Lyoto we could see Diaz vs Vitor or Diaz vs Silva if he beats Weidman in the rematch.. [not that I think Diaz deserves a title shot at MW if he beats Machida but this is the UFC]

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    Reaction to Vitor possibly turning down the Machida fight:




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    Machida/Diaz is a joke, IMO. Diaz would make Machida look great by coming forward flat footed and throwing taunts while getting kicked 99 times and punched in the face. If he fought Machida like he fought Condit, he'd probably get finished. I do not believe Nick could ever land a takedown on Machida or outstrike him. This fight would be ridiculous. I just want to see Nick come back to WW, please. Robbie Lawler II, Rory Mac, Lombard!

    If he wants a fight at MW, I would want to see him fight Bisping in a 5 rounder.
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    Machida's "power" is being overvalued here I would say as it was when the vitor fight was being debated.

    I think he frustrates Diaz if his speed advantage is comparable to what it is at lhw but I highly doubt that either. Personally, I say he wins but its not as simple as some are making it seem.

    His accuracy and style are what pose the real threat to Diaz.
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    This is absolutely ridiculous. Diaz wouldn't stand a chance. He'd get his legs kicked while he does nothing but flip Machida off and say "what bitch, what?!" Then he'd probably get ktfo, and retire yet again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeodd2 View Post
    Well that could be an interesting fight, of course Diaz has trouble with elusive guys who use kicks to keep distance. If this fight goes to the ground I'd like to see what happens then. but I think Lyoto probably wins a decision. as for Vitor, I can't blame him for believing he's the #1 contender, because in my book he is. He's destroyed some solid top 5 guys since he lost to Silva. Hell I'd put money on him against Wiedman if they fought.....
    No it wouldn't. Machida would make Diaz chase him like Condit did only he would be more active in leg kicks like he utilized in his first fight with Shogun. The fight would be boring and fans would once again be pissed. The better fight would be Machida Vs Vitor whom would likely be way more aggressive and explosive with his striking.

    In all honesty I would rather see Shogun fight Machida again since they are 1 and 1. Meanwhile they should make DC fight Phil Davis before getting a title shot at 205.
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