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According to Dana White, Nate Diaz and Johny Hendricks Will Receive a Title Shot With A Win Saturday


(Pictured above: Nate Diaz and a pre-beard Johny Hendricks.) 

Yesterday, the UFC and FOX held an open media conference call, which featured UFC President Dana White, middleweight contender and FOX analyst Brian Stann, and Fox Sports Media Group Co-President Eric Shanks taking questions prior to this weekend’s UFC on FOX event. Among the questions to come up was one regarding the likelihood of the Nate Diaz/Jim Miller winner receiving the next title shot at 155 pounds. True to form, Dana White did not beat around the bush, declaring that to be true for at least half of the participants involved:

Should Diaz win, Diaz is definitely getting a title shot. Should Miller win, Miller’s probably going to be a fight or two away.

White when on to state that the same applied for Johny Hendricks should he get past Josh Koscheck on Saturday, whereas our boy Fraggle would have to get a couple more wins under his belt. Considering that both Koscheck and Miller recently suffered losses to the current champions of their respective weight classes (twice over if your Koscheck), this seems to make sense.

Diaz is only 2-0 since returning to lightweight, but his victory over Donald Cerrone at UFC 141 was so utterly dominant that it set a record for strikes landed in a three round fight. A win over Miller would provide all we need to know about Nate’s future at 155 *cough* can he defend a takedown? *cough*. Miller recently bounced back from a unanimous decision loss to current champ Ben Henderson by submitting Melvin Guillard in January, but we all know that he needs at least eight victories in a row to earn a title shot, so it’s gonna be a while.

Speaking of win streaks, if Hendricks is able to best Koscheck, it would be his fourth victory in a row and eighth out of the nine fights he has had while under the UFC banner, so a title shot seems justified at this point. Koscheck, on the other hand, has scored two straight against Matt Hughes and Mike Pierce, but his aforementioned pair of losses to Georges St. Pierre doesn’t really give him anywhere to go at the moment. Then again, who knows who will be the champ after GSP/Condit goes down, whenever the hell that may be.

You can listen to the conference call in its entirety here.

So what do you think, Potato Nation? Does Diaz deserve a shot? And if so, how do you think he’d fare against Henderson, or Frankie Edgar for that matter?

Make sure to swing by CagePotato this Saturday, as we’ll be liveblogging all the action starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. WT.

-J. Jones

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ArmFarmer- May 3, 2012 at 9:49 am
I thought Ellenberger beat Condit, and I had money on condit. Ellenberger against Condit and Simpson against tom lawler, two fights where I made the wrong bet but won money anyway thanks to terrible judges.
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ExpectJesusBro- May 3, 2012 at 8:43 am
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fightfan- May 2, 2012 at 8:54 pm
What doesnt make sense is the fact that Jake Ellenberger may get Royally a$$-banged if Hendricks gets the title shot. Jake Ellenberger has won 6 in a row and some think he beat Condit. If Jake beats Kampmann in his next fight, that will be 7 wins in a row, and 8 considering the Condit fight. Hendricks has 3 wins in a row, and IF he beats Kos, that will be 4 in a row. That makes Hendricks a better candidate for a title shot? GSP vs Condit will not happen until end of 2012. SO if Herndricks gets next title shot, that fight wont be until about April 2013. That means Jake will have to keep winning till at least next year mid summer to get a title shot by the end of 2013. And that ONLY if Diaz doesnt get a remtch. It may be 2014 b4 he gets a shot if Diaz is considered. So it is possible Jake will need 9 or 10 in a row by that time
edhedicus- May 2, 2012 at 6:39 pm
Wrestling > Jits.... It's science! Miller will wrestle fuck Diaz and get the 3 round decision.
ashy_larry- May 3, 2012 at 11:05 am
Teehee McPeepee: Doesn't really matter either way. Jim is just as good if not better than Diaz on the ground. Both are great at BJJ. Jim a Black belt and Nate a Brown belt.
Teehee McPeepee- May 3, 2012 at 10:43 am
yea thats why demian maia ate half of team quest alive..with his terrible jits. [scoff]
ashy_larry- May 3, 2012 at 6:30 am
Yeah, Jim usually wins by decision?? Good observation... BTW, that is sarcasm.
RyanSarr- May 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm
Josh Koscheck should be on Fraggle Rock with Gobo and Boober haha
ghostboner- May 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm
I'd put even odds on Edgar vs Diaz. Probably give a slight edge to Henderson in a fight with Diaz.
ashy_larry- May 3, 2012 at 6:31 am
HAHAHA, Diaz wins 2 fights and all of the sudden he is the shit at 155? Please...
ghostboner- May 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm
His win over Cerrone was anything but dominant. If he had finished the fight maybe you could call it dominant. But he didn't. He threw 87 billion jabs and got knocked down numerous times. He won purely via volume of strikes thrown. It will from this day forth be called blanket striking. He is the Jake Shields of punching.
KarmaAteMyCat- May 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm
Come on GB I'm a huge Cerrone fan met the dude in the blistering cold in Jersey and he was last Fighter / UFC Representative outside signing shit at UFC 128. Be real about it though.
AndyInflammatory- May 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm
Rock beats scissors ALL DAY BABY
Fatty McDickbutts- May 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm
If he gets taken down he'll tap the fuck outta' Miller -- *never* count a Diaz out on the mat; they're world-class with their Jits
ashy_larry- May 3, 2012 at 6:33 am
Yeah I am pretty sure someone said that when he fought Oliveira too. How'd that turn out? Oh yeah Jim tapped him in the 1st round. For a minute ther I thought Jim was a black belt in BJJ as well.
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