The questions from Conor’s end: Will he have enough stamina to hang with Nate and will his punches do enough damage to drop the might Diaz chin.
In Nate’s corner: Will a full camp mean faster reactions and combos? Can he withstand McGregor’s left hand?
These will all be answered Saturday, so let’s have some fun and watch Nate Diaz smack people around.
5. Kurt Pellegrino
UFC Fight Night: Florian vs Lauzon was eight years ago in Colorado. A young Diaz was 8-2 and just 22 at the time, finding himself on the main card that featured names like Matt Hamill and an also young Frankie Edgar.
Pellegrino had Nate’s back and controlled from the top most of the first round, until the Stockton king eventually got up and pinned Kurt to the cage, landing some trademark punches while pressed up against him.
In the second round, Pellegrino shoots and Nate purposely pulled guard, foolishly the often purple-haired fighter later slammed Diaz who quickly locked in a triangle choke, winning a fight that was easily going to be scored 2-0 Pellegrino after two rounds. Some middle fingers and a flex ensued.
4. Takanori Gomi
UFC 135 in Denver is noted for Jon Jones submitting Rampage Jackson and Koschek’s first round KO of Matt Hughes.
Diaz opened the 2011 main card against the Fireball Kid Takanori Gomi. Now 37, Gomi is known for throwing reckless punches, but his kill or be killed mentality has made for exciting fights over the years. This has been very apparent recently, with his last three fights resulting in first-round KO losses.
It took 4:27 for Diaz to take home Submission of the Night honours, finishing Gomi off after pummeling him in what looked like man versus child.
3. Donald Cerrone
A few months after disposing of Gomi, Diaz masterfully got into the head of Cowboy Cerrone, something he openly admits.
At UFC 141 Diaz beat the breaks off of Donald in the co-main event, with a score 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28. This is one of the most Diaz-y Diaz-ings of all time.
2. Gray Maynard 3
It all started in 2007 on TUF 5 where Diaz submitted Maynard in the second round via guillotine. The second installment came three years later when they headlined their own Fight Night where The Bully squeaked out a split decision win.
Over three years later, it was time to break the tie at a very fitting TUF 18 Finale. The co-main was an exciting first round TKO by TUF Bantamweight winner Juliana Pena, a tough act to follow but Nate did, doing away with Maynard in just 2:38. Enjoy.
1. Marcus Davis
The Irish Hand Grenade appeared to have the pin pulled prior to this fight as he was simply out-classed on his feet.
This most brutal of beatings took place at UFC 118, a historic card of sorts. Edgar beat up on BJ Penn, Randy Couture easily took down faux-MMA fighter (but really a boxer) James Toney and Dan Miller even ninja choked some one.
But Diaz opened the main card as he has so many times, and beat Marcus Davis into oblivion nearly until the end of the fight, finishing him with just under a minute remaining.
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