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Dana White Calls Off Nick Diaz-Lyoto Machida Planned Fight

Dana White Calls Off Nick Diaz-Lyoto Machida Planned Fight

UFC president Dana White has nixed a planned encounter between former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and Nick Diaz.

White, who himself made it known last week that the UFC had offered the fight to bout men, stated over the weekend during his post-fight media scrum that it is no longer on the table.

“It was a bad idea,” White admitted. “Diaz didn’t turn it down. There’s other things going on with Diaz (right now).”

Diaz, a former No. 1 contender and ex-Strikeforce champion, announced his retirement – again – following a loss to Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight title earlier this year. He started up his own promotion, WAR MMA, and ran a card.

Machida, meanwhile, appears set to head down to middleweight following his recent loss to Phil Davis. He also put his name in the hat to face Chael Sonnen if the American needs an opponent.

  • Screenplaya says:

    I think the UFC should try to make Sonnen/Wanderlei happen, ignore other options, and make sure it headlines a Fight Night card and is 5 rounds. That just has WIN written all over it.

    What is with Machida wanting to move down? Is the issue that he is afraid to be more aggressive at 205, and would be more willing at 185? Otherwise, he is moving down to a division filled with faster fighters who are much more likely to be able to hit him than the guys at 205. He just needs to learn to be more aggressive. Weird.

  • MCM says:

    People have been talking about Machida moving to 185 since he started in the UFC. Weird thing is, I actually thought he looked Bigger than Davis in their last fight. (thus lending credence to my notion that Davis should be at 185) I prefer Machida at 205 and agree with Sceenplaya that it’s his style more than his size that leads to his losses.

    And Wandy/Chael needs to happen before one of them retire.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    I like Machida but his title window has closed. Even before the questionable decision loss to Davis, he had split his previous six fights. He’s been going in the wrong direction for a while now, which is understandable given his age. Still a tough out for anybody, but fits into that gatekeeper role rather than a legitimate threat to the belt.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    As for Diaz, I don’t have much interest left with that homie. There are plenty of interesting matchups with other fringe contenders (who would stand & bang with Diaz), but if Diaz isn’t interested in competing in MMA against the level of competition that is actually in line with his own accomplishments, then it’s not worth wasting the energy talking about it anymore.

  • raker says:

    I still see Machida as a legitimate threat at 205. I also see him as one of the biggest wastes of talent that I’ve ever seen. He’s kinda like Georges after his loss to Serra. Machida was always elusive but still koed Rashad and Thiago, and submitted Sokoudjou. Since his loss to Rua he has not engaged as much and stays too much in the outside, although he still koed Bader and Couture. He has the talent to be amazing if only he was just a little more aggressive. I thought he did well against Jones in round 1 before getting caught in the second round. I’d like to see him get a crack at the title again.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Diaz is old news and a couple more losses so will his lil bro. Sorry homies. As for michida if he goes to mw condit, kampman, alves ect his elusive decisions are gonna get more boring if he donsent go for the kill open up more let his hands go more often in the rounds. im hoping they dont put him against rory in a main event.

  • MCM says:

    umm those guys are Welterweights, GUNNER.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Machida vs Kennedy has been made

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Lol. My bad.


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