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Dana White says Nate Diaz at welterweight would be “a big mistake”

Nate-Diaz - MMAWEEKLYUFC lightweight Nate Diaz looked like he would be a force in the division for years after putting together a three-fight run featuring wins over Takanori Gomi, Donald Cerrone, and Jim Miller. Though he failed in his effort to have his hand raised against champion Benson Henderson, the loss seemed to be little more than a speed-bump in his career rather than a major setback.

However, days before duking it out with Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 7, Diaz said he’d grown tired of fighting at 155 pounds and wanted to return to the welterweight where he went 2-2 over a span between 2010-2011. While Diaz’s desire piqued the interest of countless fans, much of the intrigue was laid to waste on Saturday night when Thomson turned Diaz’s lights out in the second round of their showdown.

UFC President Dana White was asked about Diaz’s prospects at a heavier weight after the post-event press conference where, as might be expected, the outspoken executive advised the Stockton scrapper against making a move.

“I think going to 170 is a big mistake. Big, strong guys at 170,” said White. “He can make 155 (and) look what happened tonight at 155.”

MMAFighting was on hand and able to capture the conversation.

Prior to his loss to Thomson, Diaz had never been finished via strikes in a 25-fight career. The stumble dropped Diaz’s record to 16-9 including a 5-5 mark in his last ten tilts.


  • Screenplaya says:

    I really think Cesar Gracie needs to set up some appointments a sports psychologist for Nick and Nate. If they could get their minds right, they would be even better than they are today.

    Now, let’s setup a fight between Nick and Matt Brown.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    These guys dont no how to win and really dont no how to take a loss. id like to see him at ww I like watching the diaz bros disrespect someone then get beat down.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    I think Matt Brown will kill him Screenplaya. We already know he cant hang at WW with the big dogs. Wonder how much it will take out of him cutting too 145lbs?

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Not sure how you can say Diaz bros don’t KNOW how to win after both guys being the number one contender for the belt in the last 6 months.

    They do need to expand their fighting style and tweak their offensive game plan for more success.

    I don’t think cutting TO 145 is the answer either. Nate looks lean,but strong at 155 and has just run into some bad luck recently.

  • jasonah says:

    i think there might be more to it, than a another loss I think that all the fighters in Cesar Gracies Gym Are on a loss or a losing skid. Maybe they all need to change it up some. They all have been training together for so long. They have the same strengths and weaknesses. Nick’s 0-2 Nate is like0-2 .Jake shields is like 1-2 Melendez is 0-1. Sorryit does not sound like luck to me. :[

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Bad karma. They really sore losers and don’t win graciously but continue to disrespect people to take the competition into a real fight.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Shields does train other places, he trains at the Pit and Xtreme Couture actually, but you are right all the main Ceasar Gracie fighters are on a losing skid now.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Which really begs the question, why were they voted as the best MMA gym

  • elsicilian says:

    Those guys dominated Strikeforce for a long time (Jake, Nick and Gilbert all held titles concurrently), and Nate won TUF, so he’s got pretty strong credentials as well.

    I agree that none of those guys is at the absolute pinnacle of his weight class, but their weakest guy is probably a LOT better than any other gym’s. So maybe they were voted best MMA gym for *depth* of talent.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    That could be it elsicilian, and while I like one of the Gracie fighters a lot, I just can’t see the gym being considered better then Jacksons, ATT, AKA, Xtreme Couture, or some of the others. I mean Jackson’s has probably one of the largest gyms currently.


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